Engineering and Operational Works

An 'Operational Works' development application is required when:

  • excavating or filling of land (i.e. earthworks including change of ground level for retaining walls, construction of a dam);
  • civil works for new subdivisions (i.e. connection to Council and external infrastructure) and other works associated with a material change of use of premises or reconfiguring a lot;
  • placing an advertising device on premises;
  • undertaking road works on Council roads;
  • clearing vegetation in accordance with state legislation; or
  • undertaking landscaping works.

Operational Works form part of the Development Assessment process under the Planning Act 2016.

All Operational Works applications must meet the requirements of the Planning Act 2016 for the application to be considered properly made.  See the preparing and lodging a development application page for more information.

The following documents will assist your application.

  • Council encourages early communications and meetings between designers/engineers and Council’s Development and Planning staff before any detailed designs are undertaken or before operational applications are submitted.

    The aim of such meetings is to encourage communications, streamline the approval process and achieve better outcomes for both the developer and the community.

    See the Assistance and Advice page for information on a variety of ways that you can seek advice and assistance on engineering and operational works matters.

  • For fees applicable to Operational Works applications refer to the fees and charges page.

  • The Planning Scheme policy for development works Schedule 6.3 provides information on standards which Operational Works need to meet. The policy includes the following sections:

    • Environmental requirements
    • Earthworks
    • Roads and pathways
    • Stormwater
    • Water supply and sewer
    • Landscaping and embellishments
    • Rehabilitation and revegetation
    • Electrical, street lighting and telecommunications
    • Design requirements and supporting documents
    • Construction
    • Procedures, testing and inspections
    • Bonding requirements
    • Standard drawings
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council and Wide Bay Water Corporation maintains a comprehensive Geographic Information System (GIS) and Asset Management System (AMS), which lists and contains valuable information on all Council and Wide Bay Water owned assets.

    The collection of asset data is important as it forms the basis for many  important decision making processes.

    As new development occurs, the developer is required to provide “as constructed” information to keep the database consistent, accurate and complete.

    Documents for lodgement of “As constructed” data are available from the Development downloads page.

Planning Information and Tools