Before you contact a town planner read this

What can a private town planner do for you and your project?

 

As private town planning consultants we can assist with:

  • Identifying development opportunities
  • Development applications (to obtain town planning approval)
  • Minor and Other Changes to existing approvals
  • Pre-lodgement meetings

 

What can’t we do:

  • Make decisions on Local or State Government behalf
  • Provide building approval (speak with a building certifier)
  • Provide technical specialist advice (speak with an engineer, ecologist etc)
  • Project manage your development

 

In the first instance your town planner will need the following information:

  • Your name:
  • Your phone number:
  • Your email:
  • The property address: [be as specific as you can with a street address and lot number]
  • Your proposal: [what do you want to develop]
  • Your plans: [drawn by you or your designer where applicable]
  • Timeframe: [are you restricted by a timeframe]
  • What advice have you received: [have you spoken to Council, another planner, or another consultant]
  • What is your experience: [have you done this type of project before, have you worked with Queensland’s planning system prior]

 

 You are going to need plans.

The below list of development plan requirements has been set by the Queensland Government and apply to all Material Change of Use and Building Work development applications (Houses, Multiple Residential, Commercial, Industrial) within the State. Adherence to the requirements will ensure that your application is accepted by Council with no delay to their assessment process.

 

Site Plan

drawn to an appropriate scale (1:100, 1:200 or 1:500 are recommended scales) which shows the following:

  • the location and site area of the land to which the application relates (relevant land)
  • the north point
  • the boundaries of the relevant land
  • any road frontages of the relevant land, including the name of the road
  • the location and use of any existing or proposed buildings or structures on the relevant land
  • any existing or proposed easements on the relevant land and their function
  • the location and use of buildings on land adjoining the relevant land
  • all vehicle access points and any existing or proposed car parking areas on the relevant land
  • refuse storage location
  • the location of any proposed retaining walls on the relevant land and their height
  • the location of any proposed landscaping on the relevant land
  • the location of any stormwater detention on the relevant land
  • site cover calculations
  • labelled boundary setbacks
  • labelled building length and setbacks

 

Floor plans

drawn to an appropriate scale (1:50, 1:100 or 1:200 are recommended scales) which show the following:

  • proposed built form
  • the north point
  • the intended use of each area on the floor plan
  • setbacks labelled

 

Elevations

drawn to an appropriate scale (1:100, 1:200 or 1:500 are recommended scales) which show plans which show the following:

  • proposed built form
  • all building elevations and facades clearly labelled to identify orientation (e.g. north elevation)
  • maximum height above natural ground level (generally 9.5m line shown)
  • natural ground level line
  • proposed building materials noted e.g. weatherboard or similar
  • wall height notated

 

Demolition (where applicable)

drawn to an appropriate scale (1:100, 1:200 or 1:500 are recommended scales) which show plans which show the following:

  • elevations
  • floor plans

The following plan requirements are recommended for a Reconfiguration of a Lot (subdivision, boundary realignment)

 

Site Plan

drawn to an appropriate scale (1:100, 1:200 or 1:500 are recommended scales) which shows the following:

  • the location and site area of the land to which the application relates (relevant land)
  • the north point
  • the boundaries of the relevant land with mea
  • new lot site area
  • the location of buildings and structures (noting whether to be retained or removed)
  • the location of any public infrastructure (bus stops, street trees, kerb drainage)
  • stormwater discharge location
  • easements where applicable
  • driveway location

 

 

 

But what does a development approval cost in Queensland?

 

UP Queensland is a private town planning consultancy, which means we can only provide you with costs, or cost estimates to obtain development approval and not the cost of completing a project in whole.

In general, the fees that must be considered for a development application include:

  • Private town planner fees
  • Council fees
  • Architect/Building Designer/Draftspersons fees
  • Surveyor fees
  • Specialist consultant fees (where applicable)
    • Heritage architect
    • Ecologist
    • Hydraulic engineer
    • Civil engineer
    • Traffic engineer
    • Acoustic engineer

 

Other fees to consider are infrastructure charges which are payable after you obtain approval but are not within the development approval fees. Infrastructure charges are limited to Material Change of Use applications and Reconfiguration of a Lot applications.

 

If you would like to know more about the above or would like to start your project you can contact UPQ via plan@upqld.com.au