Development approval

A development application is an application for a development approval made under the Planning Act 2016.

Development is defined in Schedule 2 of the Planning Act 2016 as:

  • carrying out building work
  • carrying out plumbing or drainage work
  • carrying out operational work
  • reconfiguring a lot (i.e. a subdivision)
  • making a material change of use of premises (i.e. starting a new use, re-establishing a use that has been abandoned or changing the intensity or scale of the use).

Find out whether development approval is required for common residential projects, business projects and subdividing.

Last updated: 9 May 2019

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