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Local government planning schemes describe a council's plan for the future direction of a particular local government area and can span 20 years or more.

Planning schemes provide a detailed direction for the area focusing on community planning and aspirations, whilst ensuring the needs of the state and the regional community are incorporated. More specifically, planning schemes:

  • identify the strategic outcomes for the area
  • include measures that facilitate achieving the strategic outcomes
  • identify the preferred growth pattern
  • coordinate and integrate community, state and regional interests
  • include a local government infrastructure plan (LGIP).

Local planning integrates and balances economic, social and environmental needs and aspirations of the local community to provide an orderly approach to land use and change. They focus on land use, development, infrastructure and valuable features of the area.

The Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) replaced the Integrated Planning Act 1997 (IPA) and seeks to shift the focus from the planning process to delivering sustainable planning outcomes. The SPA introduced changes to the plan making process, such as:

  • preparation of a strategic land use plan
  • increased emphasis on community engagement - to ensure all of the community's needs are reflected in the final plan
  • greater flexibility - to cater for unexpected changes
  • new streamlined ways for local governments to amend their planning scheme to reflect these changed circumstances.

Planning schemes developed under IPA remain valid under SPA and must be reviewed every 10 years to ensure they respond appropriately to changes at a local, regional and state level. They must also be updated to reflect the new Queensland Planning Provisions (QPP) when their review is due. The QPP provides a consistent format and structure for new local government planning schemes being prepared under SPA.

The QPP is a state planning instrument under SPA that provides a consistent form for the drafting of planning schemes across Queensland by providing:

  • standard structure and format
  • land use and administrative definitions
  • zones and overlays
  • infrastructure planning provisions
  • assessment codes and other administrative matters.

The QPP makes provision for local governments to incorporate local content and variation to reflect the context of the local government area.

Making or amending a planning scheme

The Statutory guideline 01/16 - Making and amending local planning instruments (PDF icon 1.1 MB) (MALPI) is a best practice guideline for making or amending a planning scheme, planning scheme policy, and/or making a temporary local planning instrument under SPA.

MALPI sets out the minimum requirements for local governments to follow when making or amending a local planning instrument. A local government may use additional processes beyond MALPI's mandatory requirements to develop their local planning instruments, provided the additional processes do not conflict with the guidance provided in MALPI.

More information about the process that local government must follow for making or amending its planning scheme is available in MALPI and the plan making online training tool.

Alignment amendment rules

To support the new plan making and development assessment system under the Planning Act 2016 (not yet commenced) the Minister has made Alignment amendment rules (PDF icon 401 KB). While the transitional provisions of the Planning Act provide for the valid operation of local planning instruments on commencement, local governments may wish to make amendments to their planning instruments to ensure the instruments will operate as effectively as possible when the Planning Act commences. The Alignment Amendment Rules allow for certain non-substantial changes to these instruments including changes to terminology, structure and formatting and improvements to codes or other ‘assessment benchmarks’ to be made by local governments. For more information please see the Alignment amendment rules fact sheet (PDF icon 607 KB).

Status of Queensland's existing planning schemes

We are continually monitoring the status of planning scheme preparation by the 77 local governments across the state.

The department has prepared a Schedule of Planning Schemes (PDF icon 192 KB).

New planning schemes will also be made electronically accessible, enabling internet based access to information. This will help improve community access to planning schemes and related documents.

Contact the department for more information on the status of the planning schemes.

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Note: plans marked with a star (*) are not available online - contact the local council to request a copy.

Note: The department no longer provides the service of providing copies superseded planning schemes and planning scheme amendments. Please contact the relevant council for this information.

Council Local planning schemes
Aurukun Shire Council Aurukun Planning Scheme
Balonne Shire Council Balonne Planning Scheme
Banana Shire Council
Barcaldine Regional Council
Barcoo Shire Council Barcoo Planning Scheme
Blackall-Tambo Regional Council
Boulia Shire Council Boulia Planning Scheme
Brisbane City Council Brisbane City Plan
Bulloo Shire Council Bulloo Planning Scheme
Bundaberg Regional Council Bundaberg Planning Scheme
Burdekin Shire Council Burdekin Planning Scheme
Burke Shire Council Burke Planning Scheme
Cairns Regional Council Cairns Plan
Carpentaria Shire Council Carpentaria Planning Scheme
Cassowary Coast Regional Council Cassowary Coast Planning Scheme
Central Highlands Regional Council Central Highlands Planning Scheme
Charters Towers Regional Council
Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council Cherbourg Planning Scheme
Cloncurry Shire Council Cloncurry Planning Scheme
Cook Shire Council Cook Planning Scheme
Croydon Shire Council Croydon Planning Scheme
Diamantina Shire Council Diamantina Planning Scheme
Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council Doomadgee Planning Scheme*
Douglas Shire Council Douglas Planning Scheme
Etheridge Shire Council Etheridge Planning Scheme
Flinders Shire Council Flinders Planning Scheme
Fraser Coast Regional Council Fraser Coast Planning Scheme
Gladstone Regional Council Gladstone Planning Scheme
Gold Coast City Council Gold Coast City Plan
Goondiwindi Regional Council
Gympie Regional Council Gympie Planning Scheme
Hinchinbrook Shire Council Hinchinbrook Planning Scheme
Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council Hope Vale Planning Scheme
Ipswich City Council Ipswich Planning Scheme
Isaac Regional Council
Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council Kowanyama Planning Scheme*
Livingstone Shire Council Livingstone Planning Scheme
Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Planning Scheme
Lockyer Valley Regional Council
Logan City Council Logan Planning Scheme
Longreach Regional Council Longreach Planning Scheme
Mackay Regional Council
Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Planning Scheme*
Maranoa Regional Council
Mareeba Shire Council Mareeba Planning Scheme
McKinlay Shire Council McKinlay Planning Scheme
Moreton Bay Regional Council Moreton Bay Planning Scheme
Mornington Shire Council Mornington Planning Scheme*
Mount Isa City Council Mount Isa Planning Scheme
Murweh Shire Council Murweh Planning Scheme
Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council Planning Scheme*
Noosa Shire Council Noosa Planning Scheme
North Burnett Regional Council North Burnett Planning Scheme
Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council Planning Scheme*
Paroo Shire Council Paroo Planning Scheme
Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council Planning Scheme*
Quilpie Shire Council Quilpie Planning Scheme
Redland City Council Redland Planning Scheme
Richmond Shire Council Richmond Planning Scheme
Rockhampton Regional Council Rockhampton Planning Scheme
Scenic Rim Regional Council
Somerset Regional Council Somerset Planning Scheme
South Burnett Regional Council
Southern Downs Regional Council Southern Downs Planning Scheme
Sunshine Coast Regional Council Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme
Tablelands Regional Council Tablelands Planning Scheme
Toowoomba Regional Council Toowoomba Planning Scheme
Torres Shire Council Torres Planning Scheme
Torres Strait Island Regional Council Zenadth Kes Planning Scheme*
Townsville City Council Townsville City Plan
Western Downs Regional Council
Whitsunday Regional Council
Winton Shire Council Winton Planning Scheme*
Woorabinda Aboriginal Council Woorabinda Planning Scheme
Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council Wujal Wujal Planning Scheme
Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council Yarrabah Planning Scheme*

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On 3 July 2017, Queensland started operating under new planning legislation – the Planning Act 2016. Information on this page relates to the previous legislation – the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. Learn more about the new planning system.