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The process for assessing and deciding development is set out in a regulatory framework known as the Development Assessment Rules (DA Rules). The DA Rules are central to the development assessment process and identify the process that must be adhered to in the assessment of development applications.
Depending on the nature of the application, there may be as many as seven distinct stages that form part of the assessment process. These steps are identified by Figure 1 – Overview of the development assessment process. Further information about the development assessment process can be found at Queensland's Planning System website.
Figure 1 – Overview of the development assessment process
Naturally, these steps will inform the length of that time that it will take Council to make a decision, along with ensuring that the application is decided by Council at the next available Council meeting.
Council officers are available to assist you with any queries you may have with respect to this.