Development Application Process
  • Last updated:
  • 09 May 2016

Council oversees development on the Sunshine Coast in accordance with the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014. Under the scheme, applicants may need approval for certain developments.

Applications made before 18 December 2009 are assessed under the Integrated Planning Act 1997. Applications made on or after this date are assessed under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.

You can view these Acts on the Queensland Government Legislation website.

IDAS assessment

The process for assessing developments is called the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS). There are four (4) stages:

  • application stage
  • information and referral stage
  • notification stage
  • decision stage.

Depending on the type of application, not all of the stages may be necessary.

Application forms

Development applications must be made using:

Fact sheets

To help with submitting applications, you may like to use:

More information

For more information on the process, visit the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning website. 

If you need help, please contact council.

You can check PD Online to view details of lodged applications.

Water and sewerage network application process

As of 1 July 2014, Unitywater is responsible for approving applications for connections, disconnections and alterations to its water and sewerage networks.

This change has resulted from the Water Supply Service Legislation Amendment Act 2014 recently passed by the Queensland Parliament. The intention of the new legislation is to streamline the approval process for water and sewerage connections.

Contact Unitywater for:

  • transitional arrangements advice regarding an existing development approval or application lodged, or
  • further information on applying for a new application.