Changes to development approvals and extension applications

In some circumstances, you may wish to make a change to a development approval you have received, or would like to request an extension to the currency period (time period) to carry out the required development before the approval lapses. 

Change applications

Changes can be made to a development approval under the following circumstances.

Minor change

A change can be considered as a minor change if the proposed change:

  • does not result in ‘substantially different development’
  • does not include prohibited development
  • does not introduce impact assessment where previously code
  • does not introduce new grounds for assessment by a referral agency
  • does not introduce a new or additional referral agency.

A minor change to the development would not be substantially different development where the change:

  • does not involve a new use
  • does not apply to a new parcel of land
  • does not dramatically change the built form
  • does not change the operation of the development from that intended
  • does not impact on traffic flow or transport networks
  • does not introduce new impacts, or increase severity of new impacts
  • does not remove an offset component
  • does not impact on infrastructure provisions.

A minor change application is assessed in accordance with s81 of the Planning Act 2016 and will not be publicly notified.

To ensure your change application is processed as soon as possible you are required to:

  • clearly identify the type of change being made to the development approval
  • complete the required  application form in full
  • pay the relevant fee
  • provide a clear description of each change and the conditions they affect
  • ensure all changes are clearly marked (e.g. with use of ‘clouds’) on the relevant plans
  • provide a full set of plans, not just those pages that have been amended.

Change other than a minor change (Other change)

You may make a request for a change other than a minor change to the development approval where the change involves substantially different development.

A change other than a minor change application is assessed in accordance with s82 of the Planning Act 2016 and the Development Assessment Rules, which follow the timeframes of a new application and may require public notification of the change to be carried out. 

To ensure your application is processed as soon as possible you are required to:

  • clearly identify the type of change being made to the development approval
  • complete the required application form in full
  • pay the relevant fee
  • provide a clear description of each change and the conditions they affect
  • ensure all changes are clearly marked (e.g with use of ‘clouds’) on the relevant plans
  • provide a full set of plans, not just those pages that have been amended. 

Extension applications

Before a development application lapses, you may apply to extend a currency period of a development approval by lodging an Extension application form. The currency period, for the aspects of development listed below, is the time period within which the actions stated below must occur before the approval lapses.

Approvals generally specify the applicable currency period:

If not stated then:

  • Material Change of Use - six years for the first change of use to start
  • Reconfiguring a Lot not requiring Operational Works - four years for the subdivision plan for the reconfiguration to be lodged to Council for plan sealing
  • Building Work - two years for the development to substantially start
  • Operational Work - two years for the development to substantially start.

How to lodge

The fastest and easiest way to lodge your request is by using Council's Request to change or extend an existing approval SmartForm.

Alternatively, you can lodge the completed application form and all relevant supporting information via email using Council's eLodgement service.

More information

For further information phone Council on 07 3403 8888 and ask to speak with a planning information officer. 

Pre-lodgement advice regarding a change application or an extension application can be obtained through a request for written information, or by requesting a pre‑lodgement meeting. Fees apply.

20 July 2017