Planning And Development

Development Applications

Every development application must go through a standard process from lodgement to decision. This ensures all applications are assessed with the right information, by the right people, and follow the same process.

The process is set out in a statutory instrument called the Development Assessment Rules (or DA Rules). 

There are five key parts to the formal DA process - application, referral, information request, public notification, and decision. Depending on the development being applied for, the required steps in each part may vary. Not all parts will apply to all development applications – for example, only impact-assessable applications and applications involving a variation request require public notification.

Types of Development Applications

Four development types are defined in the Planning Act 2016:
  • a material change of use
  • reconfiguring a lot
  • operational work
  • building work.

Material Change of Use

Using the building, structure or the land for something different from its current use, or using it more intensively. For example:

  • Changing a house into a shop
  • Vacant lot to a residential house, office, shop etc.
  • Commencing a new environmentally relevant activity on a vacant lot

Reconfiguring a Lot

Subdividing the land. For example:

  • Subdividing one lot into multiple lots
  • Dividing land into parts by agreement
  • Realigning the boundary of a lot
  • Creating or changing an easement giving access to a lot

Operational Work

Activities that alter the shape or form of the land. For example

  • Earthworks (i.e. filling or excavation)
  • Vegetation clearing
  • Tidal work (jetty/pontoon/navigational marker)
  • Erecting a sign

Building Works

Constructing a new building or structure or extending an existing building or structure

  • Building a new building or structure (house, garage etc.)
  • Part or complete demolition of a building or structure
  • Repairing, altering or extending a building or structure

Preparing a Development Application

When preparing a development application, the applicant must meet certain criteria to ensure it is properly made. These stipulations mainly relate to:

  • using the correct form
  • supplying the right information
  • obtaining consents
  • paying the fees.

The state sets out the minimum required information in the DA forms.  See the Development assessment forms guide for guidance on how to complete the forms.

If critical information is missing from the application, the applicant will be asked to provide this information before the assessment begins.

Lodging a Development Application

Development applications should be lodged to the assessment manager who will be assessing this development application.

The assessment manager is the entity who is responsible for assessing the development application and deciding its outcome. Schedule 8 of the Planning Regulation 2017 sets out who is the assessment manager. In most cases, it will be Council.
Where the development application is for building work only and a private certifier has been engaged, they will be the assessment manager.
Check Councils Fees and Charges Schedule for the applicable fees

Plumbing and Drainage

Permit applications for plumbing and drainage work must be lodged with Council.  The forms are available on the Queensland Government website.

To request a water or sewer connection complete the form and submit to

Town Planning

Diamantina Shire Council Planning Scheme

Consolidated Diamantina Shire Planning Scheme 2006 Version 2 (V2)

Diamantina Shire Planning Scheme 2006 - Summary of Amendments and

Notice of Adoption of Amendment No. 2 and Consolidated Planning Scheme


Diamantina Shire Council Planning Scheme 2021

Diamantina Shire Council Planning Scheme 2021 - Commecing 9 July 2021


In accordance with the Planning Act 2016 s 63 Notice of Decision the following development applications have been submitted to Council:

Further information:

Please visit the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning to better understand the planning framework. It's where you'll find information about how planning works, the most up-to-date documents, technical information, and guidance materials to help you in your planning