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:
- The Logan PD Hub provides a Planning Enquiry function which, for a selected location (property) and activity/use, provides a report indicating whether or not a development application is required, and lists applicable parts of the Logan Planning Scheme for consideration.
- Alternatively, the information below can help - 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.
|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 63 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.
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:
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Logan PD Hub - find the property (using the text or map search) and click on Property Report (includes the zone, local plan and overlays and can be printed if desired).
- 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:
- for Dual occupancy (Auxiliary unit), Dwelling houses and building works (e.g. sheds, carports), please refer to the Dual Occupancy (Auxiliary unit) and Dwelling house Assessment Checksheet (PDF 902 KB);
- for other developments:
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.
|Development||Refer to ...|
|All||Section 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 Work||Section 5.7 - applies to all zones.|
|Operational Work||Section 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:
- How these categories apply to land use and development in Logan, and
- The categories of development and assessment and assessment benchmarks / requirements which apply, based on:
- The development (i.e. what you are proposing to do); and
- The location (where you are proposing to do it).
|Category of development and assessment||Is 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 development identify applicable codes (e.g. for the zone, local plans, overlays or activity/use), each of which contains 'Performance outcomes' (PO) and in some cases 'Acceptable outcomes' (AO) 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 outcomes of the applicable code(s), it becomes code assessable.
Yes - development permit, see Application Lodgement.
Will be either:
To find out more about public notification and submissions for impact assessable development, please see the Development Application Submissions Fact Sheet (PDF 40 KB).
|Prohibited development||No - 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.