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The State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) charges development assessment fees for assessing a matter of interest to the state triggered under Schedule 6 or 7 of the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009.

Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the correct fees are paid to enable an application to be properly made. A full copy of the fees is available in Part 3, Division 3 (Fees) and Schedule 7A of the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009.

The State Government's development assessment fees were presented in the Review of Queensland's development assessment fees - Decision Regulatory Impact Statement (Decision RIS) (PDF icon 1.2 MB).

Refund of fees

Under some circumstances, the SARA fees may be eligible for a full or partial refund. The circumstance of a refund is generally limited to where an incorrect fee has been paid, an application is withdrawn prior to the decision stage, or an overpayment of the fees has occurred. In extraordinary circumstances, a partial refund may be supported (e.g. for the repair of disaster damaged infrastructure by a local or state government agency or the duplication of fees in a combined development application). However, this is for special circumstances only and will require departmental approval after a comprehensive review.

All refund requests must be made in writing to the relevant SARA case officer. The request must be lodged prior to the decision stage of an application. There is no discretion to consider retrospective refunds on applications which have already been decided.

Further information

For more information please contact your regional office.

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