Impact assessment development application

Impact assessment for new development is generally required by Brisbane City Plan 2014 (City Plan) where there is a need to consider the potential impacts of the proposal.

When undertaking development identified as requiring impact assessment under City Plan, you will need to submit a development application to Council and have it approved before starting any activity or work.

Impact assessable development

To identify if your proposal will require impact assessment, a careful review of Part 5 of City Plan, including the category of development and assessment table, is required. It is important to investigate all required tables of assessment including the zone; neighbourhood plan (if applicable) and identified overlays that are applicable to your site. The highest level of assessment identified is the determined assessment category for your application. As a general rule, a change of use of a premises ('material change of use') is impact assessable, unless the category of development and assessment tables in Part 5 state otherwise.

Alternatively, you can visit PD Online to use Council’s ‘Property Enquiry’ tool and follow the onscreen instructions to determine if the proposed development on your property is impact assessable.

Assessment benchmarks

Where a proposal is identified as requiring impact assessment, it must be assessed against:

Many impact assessment development applications, when assessed by Council, may be consistent with the intent of City Plan. However, development proposals that are not clearly supported by City Plan will require further assessment to determine if:

  • they are an appropriate outcome in the proposed location
  • adverse impacts of the proposal can be appropriately mitigated to acceptable levels.

Public notification requirements

Impact assessable development must be publicly advertised. You can find out the requirements for advertising impact assessment applications.

Prospect of obtaining an approval

To assist in determining if an impact assessable development will be approved by Council, the following scenarios outline some typical outcomes.

  1. An application that complies with all overall outcomes in the relevant code, identified as an assessment benchmark and any prescribed secondary codes will be approved, subject to:
    1. being able to be conditioned to mitigate any potential adverse impacts to acceptable levels
    2. meeting the development zone code's purpose
    3. meeting the relevant neighbourhood plan code's purpose (if in a neighbourhood plan area)
    4. meeting the relevant overlay code's purpose (if site is identified in any overlay map)
    5. meeting the plan's overall outcomes
  2. Where the proposed use is not defined in the planning scheme, is not listed in the applicable category of development and assessment table or, if listed, does not comply with the assessment benchmark criteria, the application will be evaluated against the entire City Plan.

Infrastructure charges

Under Brisbane's Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution, Council may include adopted infrastructure charges notices with the development approval of an impact assessable development application.

These infrastructure charges relate to trunk infrastructure networks for transport, community purposes and stormwater.

Queensland Urban Utilities may levy infrastructure charges for the sewerage and water supply trunk infrastructure networks. Charges for water and sewerage will issued separately by QUU. 

Application fees

Find out about fees for impact assessment development applications.

To find out if your site is in a neighbourhood plan or overlay area, look at the key facts about a property.

03 July 2017