Post planning approval operational works | Brisbane City Council

Post planning approval operational works

After you have received your final development approval and conditions, your development approval or conditions of approval may require you to lodge an application for operational works (under the Planning Act 2016) or for Brisbane City Council compliance assessment.

Operational works and Brisbane City Council compliance assessment

What is operational work?

Operational work is a term defined by the Planning Act 2016. It refers to work, other than building work or plumbing or drainage work that affects a premises or the use of a premises. The range of these works may include excavating or filling, clearing vegetation, road works and infrastructure.

If you are undertaking activities such as these, depending on your conditions of approval, you may be required to apply for either operational works approval or Brisbane City Council compliance assessment approval.

Operational works or Brisbane City Council compliance assessment

Whether you need to lodge an operational work or Brisbane City Council compliance assessment application depends on the nature of development being undertaken.

As a general rule, operational works approval is required for operational work activities associated with Reconfiguring a Lot (ROL). These applications are assessed under the Planning Act 2016 and Development Assessment Rules (DA Rules). Brisbane City Plan 2014 also makes operational works for filling or excavation assessable which may not relate to either an ROL or a Material Change of Use (MCU).

Brisbane City Council compliance assessment approval is required where operational work activities are conditioned with a Material Change of Use (MCU) development. 

If the condition is featured as part of a ROL conditions package, you will need to apply for operational works approval. If it is listed as part of a MCU conditions package, you will need to apply for a Brisbane City Council compliance assessment approval.

Do I need to apply for approval?

After you have received your final development planning approval and conditions, you may be required to lodge an application for operational works or Brisbane City Council compliance assessment approval as identified with your development permit or in a condition of approval of your application. 

Where identified, these approvals are required to allow you to proceed with your development. 

It is important that you read the wording of the condition of approval carefully. Some conditions of approval are classified as 'minor' or 'self-certified' and do not require any additional applications to be lodged with Council.

Operational works approval may also be required for filling or excavation that is not linked to a ROL or MCU development permit. Table 5.8.1 of the Brisbane City Plan 2014 identifies when operational works approval is required and the corresponding category of assessment.

Operational works or Brisbane City Council compliance assessment applications may be required for one or more of the following areas:

  • engineering
  • architecture
  • environmental management
  • landscape
  • natural environment.

How to apply

Council offers several ways to lodge your application. The fastest and easiest way to submit your application is by using Council's Operational Works/Compliance Assessment SmartForm

Alternatively, you can also lodge an application in person or via mail.

You must submit all of the relevant forms and information required with your application.

Fees and charges

If using Operational works/compliance assessment application online form, when paying with MasterCard or Visa, a fee quote will be automatically generated, enabling payment as part of the lodgement process. Otherwise, you will receive a fee quote within two business days of submitting the SmartForm with alternative payment options available including BPAY.

For fees applicable to operational works applications, refer to the operational work section of the Development Services Assessment and Compliance Fees brochure.

Well-made applications

A well-made application will help in timely assessment of an application and reduce the need for Council officers to issue requests for further information. Lodgement requirements differ slightly depending on whether you are applying for operational works approval or for a request for Brisbane City Council compliance assessment.

Refer to the lists below to identify what documentation must be submitted with your application.

Operational works application:

  • Approved DA Form 1
  • Receipt for payment of Portable Long Service Leave levy - for works greater than $150,000
  • Proposed plans – Apart from stormwater designs for sites greater than 2000 square metres or have an upslope catchment of greater than 4 residential lots, which can be submitted by a registered hydraulic consultant or Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ), all plans MUST be certified by either a RPEQ or a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) (for high risk Erosion and Sediment Control sites)
  • Any additional documentation requirements as identified in the development permit conditions or Summary Information Forms
  • For Operational works that is assessable against the Brisbane City Plan 2014 the application must adequately address all applicable development codes within the scheme including Overlay Codes.

Download the engineering drawing checklists:

Request for Brisbane City Council compliance assessment:

  • Proposed plans – Apart from stormwater designs for sites greater than 2000 square metres that do not require on-site detention, or have an upslope catchment greater than 4 residential lots, which can be submitted by a registered hydraulic consultant or Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ), all plans MUST be certified by either a RPEQ or a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) (for high risk Erosion and Sediment Control sites). Design of pumped stormwater systems can be designed by an RPEQ or BSA licensed hydraulic consultants
  • any additional documentation requirements as identified in the development permit conditions or Summary Information Forms

Applications are often delayed because they are incomplete or do not contain the required information. Ensure your application is processed quickly and save yourself time and money, by checking the following before lodgement:

  • Are all required forms completed and being submitted?
  • Have you checked whether you need to apply for Operational works or Brisbane City Council compliance assessment approval?
  • Are you providing attachments that meet the correct file requirements?
  • For applications linked to a Council development approval, have you checked the condition numbers and are confident that an application is required?
  • If providing a Council development approval reference number (A00 number), have you checked that it is correct?
  • Have you double-checked the address details, including ensuring that information on all forms (i.e. approved DA Forms and Council forms) is consistent?
  • Are you submitting all required plans/ reports?
  • If state referral or concurrence agency advice is required, have you included a request for Acknowledgement Notice for SARA referral with the application?

If you answered “no” to any of the above questions, processing of your application will be delayed while Council officers chase up the required information.

Prior to submission

Before you submit your operational works or request for Brisbane City Council compliance assessment, the following tasks should be completed:

  1. Ensure any reports or investigations required by the development planning approval have been approved.
  2. Obtain written approvals and clearances from all relevant agencies and stakeholders, such as Department of Transport and Main Roads, Energex, Downstream Drainage Discharge Rights, adjoining land owners, etc.
  3. Check drawings and specifications – the applicant must ensure all drawings and specifications submitted for approval have first been checked and approved by a RPEQ. Council officers are not responsible for checking drawings in detail.

More information

For further help with your application or to find out more information, phone Council's Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263). 

18 September 2018