The Fraser Coast is one of Queensland's fastest growing economic regions having experienced an increase in population of approximately 18% since 2006. With its lifestyle, location and business opportunities as major drawcards, population growth is projected to increase by approximately 20,000 people in the decade to 2026 and reach 144,833 by 2036.
Planning a development or building project on the Fraser Coast?
Browse our online resources or contact Development and Planning staff on
1300 79 49 29 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Council's Development and Planning Department includes development assessment, development engineering and strategic planning services. Links below and on the right are provided to help navigate customers through key information.
PD Online is an internet based tool linked to Council's website that allows applicants, businesses, developers and members of the public to view and print information and track the progress of development applications online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Council's Geographical Information Services (GIS) section has created an interactive mapping tool for residents and consultants to use.
A comprehensive list of information sheets, forms and checklists are provided to assist your development and planning enquiries.
Assistance and advice
Council provides a variety of ways that you can seek advice and assistance about planning matters including:
- PD online;
- pre-lodgement enquiries;
- through visiting or phoning our officers in the Hervey Bay or Maryborough Customer Service Centres; or
- via email - email@example.com
Development fees and charges
Development assessment fees and charges for the current financial year.
Council established the Expressway initiatives to significantly reduce timeframes and workload involved with the assessment of development applications. Our target is to process 70 percent of applications through one of the Expressway fast track initiatives.
Preparing and lodging development applications
Information and links are available on the different stages of assessing a development application, including how to lodge an application, fees and charges, Code and Impact Assessable applications and their stages, public notification, making submissions and the Planning and Environment Court.
Making a submission
A submission is a written comment about a development application made by any interested member of the community and may include objections to all or part of a development, and/or support for all or part of an application.
Engineering Operational Works
Operational Works form part of the Development Assessment process under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA). All operational works applications must meet the requirements of the Act for the application to be considered properly made. A comprehensive list of documentation associated with operational works applications is provided by Council to assist customers.
Survey Plans and Plan Sealing
A survey plan creates new titles, easements and/or covenants, known as a "subdivision plan" or a "plan of reconfiguration" and is required to be lodged with Council for "plan sealing" approval prior to registration with the State Government's Titles Registry.
Development Bonds are provided to Council by a Developer to act as financial security. Bonds are held by Council for a specified period or until certain works are satisfactorily completed and the works are formally accepted by Council.
Development and Planning news
If you would like to stay informed on the latest development information, please subscribe to our email distribution list, or view the news items provided by the Development & Planning Department.
Planning & Development Certificates
Council offers three types of planning searches. The purpose of the planning and development certificate is to provide information applicable to specific premises on planning scheme provisions, infrastructure charges or agreements and development approvals.
Urban street naming, numbering & rural addressing
Council has set criteria for the naming of the streets and numbering of the lots.
Monthly statistics are provided for decided applications and timelines for decided applications.