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Architectural and urban design advice

The Office of the Queensland Government Architect helps government departments and local councils deliver an enhanced urban environment for Queensland by providing leadership and strategic advice on urban design, procurement, heritage and the built environment.

Planning framework

The planning reform aims to deliver the best planning system in Australia to stimulate positive development and opportunities for all Queenslanders. The reform will replace the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 with clear and concise legislation.

Plan making

Plan making is the process of a local government creating a planning scheme with its local community in the context of their aspirations and the state's interests.

In a planning scheme, local government set levels of assessment based on their community's expectations. The levels of assessment categorise what land use and development proposals need to obtain an approval and what proposals do not need an approval.

Development assessment

Queensland has a common system which sets out how development applications should be made and assessed for building, subdividing land or changing how an existing building or piece of land is used.


MyDAS is an online system for the preparation and lodgement (or referral) of particular applications to the Department, as the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA).

You can log on to MyDAS now, or visit the MyDAS page for further information.

Dispute resolution

The Sustainable Planning Act 2009 establishes two dispute resolution streams, comprising the building and development dispute resolution committees and the Planning and Environment Court.

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Did you know Queensland has new planning legislation that commences in 3 July 2017? Learn more about it.