How to get planning advice?
Council provides a number of opportunities for customers to raise queries and seek clarification or planning advice on development proposals from Council Officers. Information can be received over the phone from Council’s Planning Team on (07) 3205 0555, accessed on Council’s website or via a Pre-Lodgement advice request.
|Want to know
|Key facts about a property
- My Property Look Up to find zoning, precincts, values and constraints for a property or
- PD Online Service to find zoning, precincts, values and constraints for a property, development applications and approvals related to the property.
|Response to specific town planning questions
- Contact Council's Planning Team on (07) 3205 0555
- My Property Look Up or PD Online Service
- Lodge an online pre-lodgement advice request
|Response to technical planning issues
- Lodge an online pre-lodgement advice request
My Property Look Up
My Property Look Up is an easy tool to understand
how Council's Planning Scheme applies to your property. By simply
entering your address you'll be able to check details about your
zone and precinct, view overlay maps and access links to helpful
For most people, the planning scheme has little to no impact.
If you are planning on undertaking any development on your
property, the planning scheme may regulate how you go about the
development.Examples of development may include changing the
use of land, subdividing land, filling or excavating, building or
Council offers free planning advice services for general and
technical enquiries, and for prospective applicants to discuss a
proposal prior to lodging a formal development application.
The purpose of the pre-lodgement collaboration is to facilitate
'well made' applications, which is envisaged to enable a quicker
decision process for applicants. Through this process relevant
matters to the proposal or site location that should be considered
and addressed in preparing a development application can be
What are the pre-lodgement advice options?
Pre Purchase Advice will provide
you key facts about your property. It will provide you with MBRC
Planning Scheme information readily available on Council's website
via My Property Look Up including zoning, precincts, constraints, overlays
maps, place type and fact sheets. A history of relevant
development applications (post September 2006) lodged with Council
can be viewed on PD Online Service.
General Town Planning Advice will
provide you with more specific planning information regarding your
proposed development on the subject site. This type of
request is for applicants who are intending to lodge a development
application with Council and seek confirmation on matters such
- site-specific planning interpretation i.e. category of development and assessment
- confirmation of applicable codes the potential application
requires assessment against
- application fees
- application requirements
- responses to specific questions where sufficient detail is
- Limited Code assessment
Not suitable for liquor licencing or checks for accepted development subject to requirements.
General Town Planning advice is suitable for small scale
residential and commercial development such as Dual Occupancy,
Multiple Dwellings and small scale retail/commercial centres.
This is not a detailed assessment of the proposal plans.
This process confirms all information readily available on
the Development Application page.
While Council aims to help you through the process, preparing a
development application can be a complex task. Prior to
lodgement we suggest engaging an industry expert such as a town
planner / project manager who may be able to help with your
building or development project.
Technical Advice - DA
Pre-assessment is between an applicant and
Council's technical staff to discuss a development proposal and
engage in collaborative assessment prior to the formal lodgement of
a development application. Collaborative assessment approach is for
all applicants who are invested and have engaged consultants
(architect/urban designer/town planner) to prepare proposal plans
and have carried out a detailed assessment against the MBRC
Planning Scheme. A DA pre-assessment meeting requires the
applicant to provide proposal plans (to an assessable standard),
detailed assessment of relevant codes, a list of specific questions
highlighting areas of concern (i.e. what performance outcomes you
are seeking), and meeting agenda.
DA pre-assessment process will assess the performance outcomes
highlighted prior to application lodgement and give the applicant
certainty and clarity regarding the performance outcomes they are
seeking. This approach aims to eliminate requests for
information during the application process, amendments to proposal
plans and specialist reports, reduce development application
requirements, and expedite the approval process.
The issues that the applicant raises prior to the meeting will
be investigated and discussed during the pre-assessment meeting. To
obtain the best outcomes from the meeting, applicants should
identify aspects of their proposal that do not comply with the MBRC
Planning Scheme which they wish to discuss.
Council officers will research and prepare comments based on the
information provided. Where possible, Council officers will suggest
alternative and acceptable solutions and provide guidance on the
applicable legislation and development issues.
A pre-assessment meeting is for discussion and clarification
purposes only and not intended to pre-empt a final decision in
relation to a development application. It does not determine the
outcome of any subsequent application, which will be the subject of
detailed assessment in accordance with the Planning Act
2016 and the relevant district Town Planning Scheme for the Moreton
Bay Regional Council.
Experienced and expert Council officers will attend the
pre-assessment meeting. Applicants can then be assured that the
information they receive will be accurate and very importantly,
that the opinions expressed will be supported further into the
Meeting notes will be taken at the meeting by a Council officer
which will be provided to the applicant at the meeting and recorded
in Council's records system. Attendees are also encouraged to take
their own notes so as to confirm the contents of Council's meeting
notes once received.
These notes will document the proposal and advice provided
rather than being a verbatim record of the meeting.
Requesting pre-lodgement advice?
To request pre-lodgement advice:
If you have any questions regarding the pre-lodgement process
and options or are experiencing any difficulties in completing the
online request you can contact us by:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (07) 3205 0555
- Postal Address:
Pre-lodgement Advice Request
Moreton Bay Regional Council
Development Services Department
PO Box 159
Caboolture Qld 4510
The pre-assessment meeting service is offered on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays at the Caboolture office. If you wish to
take advantage of the new video conferencing system for
pre-assessment meetings, simply indicate this with your
Meetings will be assigned the first available appointment time
within 10 business days of receiving your booking form. The
information you supply to Council on the booking form is used to
assist Council Officers in preparing for the meeting and ensures
that the appropriate officers attend the meeting so that relevant
issues can be discussed.
Discussing your proposal with a referral
In some instances your proposed development may trigger referral
to the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA). It is
recommended that you discuss your proposal with SARA (if
applicable) during the conceptualisation phase of the project. A
referral agency may also provide a referral agency response on a
matter prior to lodging the application with the assessment
manager. For further information please contact Department of
Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning on 13 QGOV (13 74
Disclaimer: pre-assessment meetings are a
process to provide an exchange of information in respect to
proposed development prior to submitting a development application.
The advice provided should NOT be taken as a commitment as to
whether an application would be approved with conditions or refused
by council. The pre-assessment meeting process cannot override
council's duty of care and legislative responsibilities in the
assessment of development applications including considering
matters raised by possible submitters and referral agencies or
which come to light during the detailed assessment process.