Pre-lodgement meetings

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.

Planning advice
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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.
Flooding information
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 information sheets.

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 renovating.

Pre-Lodgement advice

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 identified.

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 as:

  • 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 provided and
  • Limited Code assessment

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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 application process.

Meeting notes

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:
  • 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 request.

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 agency

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 68).

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.

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