The Planning Act 2016 introduces the term ‘accepted development’ which replaces the term exempt development used under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.
Certain types of projects do not need a development application and do not need to comply with Brisbane City Council’s planning rules. It is important to remember that even if your project is accepted development, a building approval may still be required.
Accepted projects and works
Projects that are always accepted development include:
- building work to restore a building that has been accidentally damaged or destroyed to its original condition
- temporary buildings associated with a material change of use, building work or operational work (i.e. either accepted development, with or without requirements or development with a current development permit), where on a site for no more than two years
- sales office on a lot in a residential zone, centre zone, the Emerging community zone or the Mixed use zone, for no more than two years
- single satellite dish with no dimension greater than 1.2 metres in a residential area or township zone or 1.8 metres in any other zone
- subdivision involving road widenings and truncations as a condition of approval
- roads or busways on behalf of or under contract with Council or the Queensland Government
- development that under Schedule 4 of the Planning Regulation 2017 is identified as not being assessable development
- development exempt under the Telecommunications Act 1997
- development in relation to infrastructure under a designation (such as schools or hospitals)
- Works that are stated in a current exemption certificate given by Council under section 46 of the Planning Act 2016.
Accepted development depending on your property details
Other projects may be accepted development, depending on the zone of your property and whether the property is subject to a neighbourhood plan code, or overlay codes. You can find out key facts about your property to see the details of your property.
For example, your project is unlikely to be accepted development if your property has constraints such as:
- Heritage overlay (except where a local heritage exemption certificate has been issued)
- Traditional building character overlay
- Pre-1911 building overlay
- Commercial character building overlay
- Coastal hazard overlay
- Flood overlay
- Wetlands overlay
- Waterway overlay
- or a neighbourhood plan requiring assessment.
Depending on your property's constraints, accepted development projects may include: