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Assessment Benchmarks & Categories of Development and Assessment

The Logan Planning Scheme guides what development can occur where and what criteria must be complied with, based on preferred or acceptable land uses and the achievement of desired outcomes for the City of Logan. 

Whether or not a permit (application & approval process) is required depends on the type and location of the proposed development.  Provided you know what you want to do (step 1 below) and where you want to do it (step 2), you can determine what scheme provisions apply (step 3) and whether an application is required (step 4).

1. Types of development

To identify if approval is required for a proposed development, the type of development must be identified, in order to work out which parts of the Logan Planning Scheme 2015 will apply. 

DevelopmentDescription, examples
Reconfiguring a Lot

Creating lots by subdividing another lot, amalgamating two or more lots, rearranging boundaries, creating an easement to give access from a road, dividing land into parts by agreement.

Please see the Reconfiguring a Lot Fact Sheet (PDF 65 KB)

Material Change of Use

Start of a new use, re-establishment of a use that was abandoned, or a material increase in the intensity or scale of the use of the premises.

If your development is for a material change of use, you will also need to identify the proposed use (e.g. dwelling house, retail activity, child care centre, home based business, low-impact industry, retirement facility, etc.). Use definitions can be found in Schedule 1 (Definitions) of the Logan Planning Scheme.

Operational Work

Work, other than building work or plumbing or drainage work, in, on, over or under premises that materially affects premises or the use of premises.  Examples of operational work may include:

  • excavating or filling;
  • extracting gravel, rock, sand or soil;
  • clearing;
  • trimming or otherwise managing vegetation;
  • landscaping;
  • drainage work;
  • placing an advertising device on a premises;
  • damming, diverting or extracting water;
  • undertaking tidal works or work in a coastal management district;
  • constructing or raising waterway barrier works;
  • performing work in a declared fish habitat area;
  • removing, destroying or damaging a marine plant;
  • roadworks on a local government road.

See Operational Works and Operational Works - Construction.

Building Work

Building, repairing, altering, underpinning (vertical or lateral support), moving or demolishing a building or other structure.

For example, if a residential property already has a house on it, building work may include further improvements such as a shed, carport, extension or swimming pool.

Plumbing or Drainage work

Domestic and commercial plumbing and drainage works, including on-site sewerage facilities.

See Plumbing and Drainage

2. Applicable zone and overlays

To determine whether approval is required for a proposed development, the parts of the Logan Planning Scheme which apply to the site / property need to be identified.

  1. Determine what zone the property is in. The Logan Planning Scheme divides the city into 'zones' to indicate areas of preferred land use (e.g. community facilities, residential, industry, rural, special purpose).   There are also Local Plans applicable in some area which cater for specific needs in localised areas.
  2. Determine if any overlays apply on the property (may be on all or part of the property). Overlays indicate areas where provisions exist to manage natural hazards (e.g. bushfires, flooding), preserve values (e.g. heritage, environmental/biodiversity) and manage the built environment (e.g. infrastructure, airports, transport).    

Use either of these online tools to help identify the zone and any applicable local plan or overlays for the proposed development site:

  1. Logan Interactive Mapping Tool - find the property (either by using the search tools or simply panning / zooming around to the right area), click on the Property Info - Planning Report (LPS2015) function on the menu, then click on the property of interest. A report will be displayed which includes the zone, local plan and overlays; the report can be printed if desired.
  2. PD Online - use the Property Enquiry function to search for the property and a list of applicable information, including zone, local plan and overlays, will be displayed.

3. Applicable assessment benchmarks / requirements

A proposed development is likely to be approved more quickly if it is in accordance with the Logan Planning Scheme 2015 (i.e. it is consistent with the intended use of a particular area and the specific requirements relating to aspects such as density, building heights, size, boundary clearance, emissions, amenity, parking and movement, etc.).  

To identify what assessment benchmarks / requirements and approvals may apply to a particular development, in a particular zone:

There are different assessment tables for different types of development (based on what you're planning to do) and different zones, local plans and overlays (based on where you're planning to do it). Each table specifies the category of development and assessment (i.e. whether or not an application needs to be lodged with Council) and the assessment benchmarks / requirements which apply.

Please use the table below to identify which Tables of Assessment (from Part 5 of the Logan Planning Scheme) are relevant in determining the category of development and assessment.

Note:  In any of the following cases, the highest category of development and assessment will apply (from lowest to highest:  accepted development (not subject to requirements), accepted development (subject to requirements), code, impact):

  • If a development site is impacted by more than one zone, local plan or overlay; or
  • If a development is comprised of a number of defined uses having different categories of development and assessment.
DevelopmentRefer to ...
AllSection 5.4, to determine if the proposed development has a regulated category of development and assessment - if not, refer below.
Material Change of Use 

Section 5.5 - find the applicable zone and refer to the category of development and assessment and assessment benchmarks / requirements, noting that in some zones there are requirements (at the start of the table) which apply to "all uses"'.

If the proposed land use is not listed or defined (i.e. what is being proposed can't be found in the table), then the development is impact assessable and requires an application to be submitted to Council.

Reconfiguring a lot (subdividing)Section 5.6 - find the applicable zone and refer to the category of development and assessment and assessment benchmarks / requirements (which may refer to other parts of the scheme, particularly the Development Codes for reconfiguring a lot).
Building WorkSection 5.7 - applies to all zones.
Operational WorkSection 5.8 - find the type of work (e.g. advertising device, driveway crossover, filling/excavation etc.) and the applicable zone and refer to the category of development and assessment and assessment benchmarks / requirements.
Local Plan - if applicable to the property/site

Section 5.9 - find the table for the applicable local plan and development type (e.g. Jimboomba local plan: material change of use), and the proposed use, and refer to the category of development and assessment and assessment benchmarks / requirements.

Determines whether the local plan changes the category of development and assessment (will prevail over zone if it differs).

Overlays - if applicable to the property/site (on all or part of the site)

Section 5.10 - find the relevant table(s) for the type of development being proposed.

Determines whether the overlays change the category of development and assessment (will prevail over zone and local plan if it differs).

4. Categories of development and assessment (is approval required?)

Queensland planning legislation defines categories of development and assessment, listed in the table below with an explanation of whether or not approval (via the lodgement of a development application) is required. The Logan Planning Scheme, in Part 5 (Tables of Assessment), identifies:

  1. How these categories apply to land use and development in Logan, and
  2. The categories of development and assessment and assessment benchmarks / requirements which apply, based on:
    1. The development (i.e. what you are proposing to do); and
    2. The location (where you are proposing to do it).
Category of development and assessmentIs approval required?
Accepted development (not subject to requirements)No
Accepted development (subject to requirements)

No, if the proposed development complies with all of the requirements for accepted development (where nominated in the Tables of Assessment) in the Logan Planning Scheme.

The requirements for accepted develompent identify applicable codes (e.g. for the zone, local plans, overlays), each of which contains 'Acceptable outcomes' which cover considerations such as size, boundary clearance, frontage, heights, parking and movement, emissions, density, etc.).  

If accepted development does not comply with one or more of the identified acceptable outcomes of the applicable code(s), it becomes code assessable.

Assessable development

Yes - development permit, see Application Lodgement.

Will be either:

  • Code assessable, requiring a more detailed assessment against the applicable codes (also includes development which is accepted development but does not meet all of the assessment criteria);   OR
  • Impact assessable, being development which could result in impacts requiring significant assessment (against the entire planning scheme, to the extent relevant), and/or involving land uses which require the opportunity for public comment (via a public notification process). 

To find out more about public notification and submissions for impact assessable development, please see the Development Application Submissions Fact Sheet (PDF 181 KB).

Prohibited developmentNo - an application cannot be made for prohibited development (listed under Schedule 10 of the Planning Regulation). Not applicable in Logan.

Please note: it is an offence (under Queensland Planning Legislation) to carry out:

  • Accepted development (subject to requirements) in contravention of the applicable codes; and/or
  • Assessable development without a permit; and/or
  • Prohibited development.

The following may also be of interest:

For further assistance please contact one of Council's planning and development team.