Development assessment

A development application is required for certain proposals.

The requirement to obtain approval for development is prescribed by the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (the Act).  Section 7 of the Act defines development as:

  • carrying out building work
  • carrying out plumbing or drainage work
  • carrying out operational work
  • reconfiguring a lot
  • making a material change of use of premises.

A development approval is necessary for these developments, unless it is prescribed as ‘exempt' or ‘self-assessable' under the relevant planning scheme.

Pre-application meetings are available to discuss your proposal prior to lodging your application.

Application lodgement

You can submit your application to council:

  • in person at

Planning and Development
29 Channon Street
Gympie,  Qld  4570

  • by post to (please include a cheque for the applicable fees)

PO Box 155
Gympie,  Qld  4570

  • by email 

Note: Council has launched DAs Online and information relating to Development Applications will be published on Council’s website (i.e. excluding building or plumbing and drainage work).

Fees and charges

You can request a formal quote for planning fees for your application.

Application forms

The mandatory development application forms can be found on the Queensland Government website.

Governance Policy and Protocols - Planning and Development

The State Government recently enacted changes to legislation and government policy relating to local government, in particular councillor conflicts of interest.

At its Ordinary Meeting on 25 July 2018, Council adopted a formal governance protocol for the planning process.

The adopted protocol, clarifies the roles of Councillors, developers and applicants, staff and the public, during the planning process.


Related information

DAs Online

Development Applications on Public Notification

Planning scheme

Survey Plan Sealing Request Form

Notification of Compliance - Declared Plants