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Types of Assessable Development

Assessable development requires an application to be made to Council and require a development decision to be issued. There are two levels of assessment for assessable development:

  • code assessable – no public consultation required
  • impact assessable – public consultation required

The level of assessment required for a development is determined by the assessment tables in the planning scheme. Common types of assessable development applications are further detailed below.


Material Change of Use

A 'Material Change of Use' application is required when there is:

  • the start of a new use of the premises;
  • the re-establishment on the premises of a use that has been abandoned;
  • a material change in the intensity of scale of the use of the premises; or
  • the start or recommencement of a environmentally relevant activity (ERA).

Please refer to the assessment tables in the planning scheme to determine the type of land use and the level of assessment.


Reconfiguring a Lot

A 'Reconfiguring a Lot' development application is required when:

  • creating lots by subdividing another lot;
  • rearranging the boundaries of a lot by registering a plan of subdivision;
  • dividing land into parts by agreement (other than a lease for a term, including renewal options, not exceeding 10 years) rendering different parts of a lot immediately available for separate disposition or separate occupation, or creating an easement giving access to a lot from a constructed road; or
  • applying for an access easement.

Please refer to the planning scheme to ascertain Council minimum lot sizes and road frontages.


Operational Work

An 'Operational Work' development application is required when:

  • excavating or filling of land (i.e. earthworks including change of ground level for retaining walls, construction of a dam, profiling land);
  • civil works for new subdivisions (i.e. connection to Council and external infrastructure) and other works associated with a material change of use of premises or reconfiguring a lot;
  • undertaking road works on Council roads;
  • clearing vegetation in accordance with state legislation; or
  • undertaking landscaping works.

Building Work Assessable Under the Planning Scheme

A 'Building Work Assessable Under the Planning Scheme' application does not involve a Material Change of Use, but involves a building project which does not meet the standards required by the Hinchinbrook Shire Planning Scheme 2016, and needs to be assessed.

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