Development application forms and checklists
  • Last updated:
  • 05 Jan 2023

Development applications (DA) must be made using state government's development assessment forms. In some cases you will also need the relevant council application forms. We also have checklists for assessment of codes to help you prepare your development application.

DA form 1 must be used to make a development application involving:

  • code assessment, or
  • impact assessment.

Except when applying for development involving building work, refer to DA form 2.

Find this form on the State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website.

DA form 2 must be used to make a development application involving building work.

When applying for development involving building work only, use this form (DA form 2) only.

For a development application involving building work associated with any other type of assessable development, use:

  • DA form 1, and
  • Parts 4 to 6 of DA form 2.

Find this form on the State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website.

Electronic lodgement of development applications must include a completed eDevelopment application form (DOCX, 883KB).

The eDevelopment application form is used to:

  • outline fee information, and
  • confirm agreement to correspond electronically. A business email address is preferred for receiving and sending electronic correspondence.

For more information, refer to lodging a development application.

A well made development application provides the necessary detailed information for council to assess your proposal. This includes completed forms, plans, checklists, technical reports and supporting information.

Council generally considers your application well made when it includes all the relevant items listed on the checklist. Lodging this information upfront with your application can:

  • reduce the number of information requests needed
  • streamline council's assessment of your proposal, and
  • often lead to quicker decision timeframes.

We recommend you lodge the relevant completed checklist with your application:

It will ensure the most efficient processing of your application.

These code checklists help you address and respond to the applicable provisions in the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014 for your proposed development. The checklists below are common application types and are not an exhaustive list of all codes.

We strive to improve our service to you, please let us know what checklist you would like to add to this list.

It is recommended that you complete the checklist relevant to your application:

Using the checklists

These checklists identify the exceptions of non-compliance with provisions of the code. Use the well made application checklist to ensure you have the information for council to assess your proposal.

Where non-compliance or no acceptable outcome is identified, you must provide detailed justification of how the proposal satisfies the relevant performance outcome.

Also, identify any technical reports or plans required to demonstrate compliance with an acceptable outcome.

Use the Planning Act form 5 to request to change a development approval under section 78 of the Planning Act 2016.

It is important when making a change application to be aware of whether the application is for:

  • a minor change that will be assessed under section 81 of the Planning Act 2016, or
  • an 'other' change that will be assessed under section 82 of the Planning Act 2016.

Find this form on the State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website.

Use this form (DOCX, 285KB) to apply for an extension to the currency period for a development approval.

Use the pre-request response form (DOCX, 284KB) to request council (as an affected entity) to consider a change. You should do this before you formally apply to the entity that issued the approval or conditions i.e. court or concurrence agency.

Use this form (DOCX, 903KB) to request a concurrence agency response (building work) when a building application must be referred to council for assessment as a concurrence agency in accordance with schedule 9 and 10 of the Planning Regulation 2017.

This includes houses or class 10 structures that do not comply with the planning scheme, but are exempt from needing a planning application (under schedule 6, part 2, section 2(2), of the Planning Regulation 2017). Instead, the building application must be referred to council for assessment as a concurrence agency.

Note: If non-compliance only relates to provisions covered by the Queensland Development Code, refer to the building guidelines for the correct form and guidance on assessing these requests.

Building near stormwater infrastructure

You must also include this form (DOCX, 903KB) with your application to build over or adjacent to stormwater infrastructure services.

Use this form (DOCX, 284KB) to request approval of all standard format and building format plans for plan sealing.

Before submission of your survey plan, complete and send the checklist for approval of survey plans (DOCX, 870KB) to council.

Payment of fees is required before or at the time of lodgement of the original survey plan.

In addition, the checklist (DOCX, 870KB) and statutory declaration (DOCX, 80KB) are required for dual occupancy (duplex) building format plans.

Use this form (DOCX, 282KB) to request town planning appraisal to check if a proposed development complies with:

  • the relevant planning scheme, and/or
  • any relevant planning approvals on the site.

Use the FastTrack application kit for low risk development applications. Read more about low risk, faster applications.

All FastTrack applications need a FastTrack consultant report. You must also submit the relevant RPEQ design certification form for all FastTrack applications. Except for:

  • reconfiguring a lot
  • advertising signs
  • caretaker's accommodation
  • home based business, and
  • bed and breakfast home based business.

Use this form (DOCX, 948KB) to book all operational work prestart meetings. Your application will need to be accompanied by the construction application fee.

For more information, refer to contributed asset acceptance.

Use this form (DOCX, 286KB) to request council to assess a development proposal under a superseded planning scheme in accordance with section 29 of the Planning Act 2016.

Use this form (DOCX, 871KB) for payment of a financial contribution for matters of local environmental significance (MLES). This may be a condition of your development approval.

All new roads, including private roads, created as part of a subdivision application must have council approval. Please consult the guidelines for naming of roads and street numbering (PDF, 860KB) before making an application.

To apply, complete a road naming application form (DOCX, 290KB).