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Development Assessment

Planning and development is responsible for the assessment of development applications under the Southern Downs Planning Scheme and the State Planning Policy (SPP). The development assessment process is run in accordance with the Planning Act 2016. For more information on the assessment process please refer to our factsheets.

Useful Information 

  • Infrastructure Charges

    Current adopted infrastructure charges resolution:

    The Adopted Infrastructure Resolution (No 2) 2015  (PDF 203.9KB) was adopted by Council on 24 June 2015 and commences on 1 July 2015

    New infrastructure charges resolution:

    The Southern Downs Charges Resolution (No. 3) 2021 (PDF 227.7KB) will come into effect on 15 November 2021. The Resolution has been adopted in accordance with the requirements of the Planning Act 2016 and Planning Regulation 2017.
    The Resolution sets out requirements for new development to pay infrastructure charges for the five trunk infrastructure networks:

    ·         Water supply

    ·         Sewerage

    ·         Transport

    ·         Stormwater

    ·         Public parks and land for community facilities

    Infrastructure charges levied on developments will be indexed in accordance with the Resolution (refer to Section 14 of the Resolution).

  • Development Assessment Forms
  • Survey plans
  • Pre-lodgement meetings
  • Heritage
  • Making an enquiry:  Council's planning officers are generally available during business hours by:
  • Contacting Council
  • Submitting an online enquiry
  • Face-to-face at either the Stanthorpe or Warwick office.  It is suggested that you make an appointment to ensure that one of the planning officers is available to answer your enquiries.
  • Pre-lodgement service: Council offers a free pre-lodgement service for applicants to discuss a proposal prior to lodging a formal development application.
  • Approvals that exist on a property

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