Development application types | Brisbane City Council

Development application types

The Planning Act 2016 identifies a number of ways planning applications may be assessed. The way an application will be assessed will depend on the development being undertaken and the development site details. The following outlines ways in which an application may be assessed under Brisbane City Plan 2014.

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Code assessment

A code development application is assessed against the codes identified for the use within City Plan. These codes can include use codes, prescribed secondary codes, overlay codes and neighbourhood plan codes. This type of application can be assessed relatively quickly and does not require public notification. Where an accepted development, subject to requirements does not meet one or more of the acceptable outcomes of the relevant code, a code application is triggered. The application will only need to address the aspects of development that do not meet the accepted development requirements.

Impact assessment

An impact assessable development application is for development that must be assessed against all identified codes and City Plan as a whole to the extent relevant. This is to ensure that identified development impacts are addressed. These applications must be publicly notified to take into account the community's views.

Council condition compliance assessment

Council condition compliance assessment is a development assessment process for checking that the proposed development complies with any conditions of a development approval. This usually entails the applicant to submit drawings and/or documents for Council approval.


20 March 2019