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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).

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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On 3 July 2017, Queensland started operating under new planning legislation – the Planning Act 2016. Information on this page relates to the previous legislation – the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. Learn more about the new planning system.