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Key information and forms

There is key information that you will need to consider when preparing your planning application for Brisbane City Council. There are also forms and applications that you will need to use to create a properly made application.

  1. Application forms
  2. Plans and drawings
  3. Planning report
  4. Supporting reports
  5. Additional requirements for specific applications
  6. Properly made applications and common problems

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1. Application forms

There are several application forms that require completion for the lodgement of a development application:

Council's user guide and FAQs may provide assistance when completing the development application online lodgement form:

2. Plans and drawings

Plans submitted as part of an application must be prepared by a qualified design consultant in the relevant development field and are required to be fully legible at A3 size.

Plans must be fully dimensioned and show heights and setbacks from boundaries. Plans must include all details required by the relevant DA forms, such as:

  • site plans showing all boundaries, natural features and proposed development (including the location and use of buildings on both the proposed land and the adjoining land, the location of car parks and areas to be landscaped)
  • all elevations (north, south, east and west) with natural ground levels (on Australian Height Datum (ADH) where the property is affected by flooding) and relative finished levels
  • floor plans for each level of the development, showing both the existing and proposed development along with existing and proposed gross floor area (GFA) calculations
  • north points
  • for subdivision, a proposed plan of subdivision showing all:
    • existing and proposed allotments, including the intended use of all proposed lots
    • existing and new roads, easements, parks, waterway corridors
    • other environmental considerations.

3. Planning report

All applications need to include a planning report.

Applications are assessed in accordance with the requirements of the Planning Act 2016 (PA) and of Brisbane City Plan 2014. The purpose of the planning report is to detail how the project fits with these requirements, including information about the zoning, any neighbourhood plans or overlays and the outcomes expressed in the development codes and other relevant codes such as prescribed secondary codes.

If your proposal does not fit with the acceptable outcomes, you will need to demonstrate how it meets the relevant performance outcomes. Please note that there is no 'relaxation' of an acceptable outcome.

For more applications, it is advisable that you engage a private consultant to prepare the planning report for you. Some applications are able to be fast-tracked using Council's RiskSMART service.

4. Supporting reports

Depending on the constraints of your property and the specific impacts of your project, supporting reports may be required. Examples of reports that may be required include:

These supporting reports need to be prepared by experts in the relevant field, so be sure to factor in the cost of supporting reports to the overall budget for your project.

Find out Council’s requirements and standards for supporting reports.

5. Additional requirements for specific applications

You will need to follow specific guidelines if you are preparing documents for:

  • operational works
  • plan sealing requests.

6. Properly made applications and common problems

Ensure your application is properly made and avoid common application problems that may cause assessment delays.

18 September 2018