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Development applications must be made using the approved forms. Incomplete forms, or forms without all necessary information and documentation, may result in an application that is not properly made.

Development applications are often prepared by builders or professional development companies on behalf of the owner. It is important to determine who will be nominated as the applicant and the contact person.

MyDAS - online preparation and lodgement system

SARA is supported by MyDAS - an online system that allows you to prepare and lodge or refer applications to the department, as the single state assessment and referral agency.

Applicants can also lodge a pre-lodgement meeting request form via MyDAS or by using the pre-lodgement form (Word icon 113 KB) and sending it directly to your local regional office.

Details required for all applications

All applications must be accompanied by:

  • the relevant application fee
  • all mandatory supporting information for the application - this will be specified in the relevant form
  • the owner's consent if it is required under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.

To find out the specific information you need to include with your application, complete your application online or use the IDAS checklists, or seek advice from a professional builder, developer or planner.

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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.