Certain types of projects do not need a development application, but must comply with Toowoomba Regional Council’s rules, including applicable codes. These projects are referred to as ‘accepted development’. If your project is an accepted development, you do not need anything in writing from Council to commence the activity, provided you carry out a self-assessment to make sure you comply with the relevant code.
Whether a project is accepted development depends on what zone your property is in and whether the property is subject to a local plan or overlays. Find out these key facts about your property by using the Planning Scheme mapping and then check the level of assessment for your project in Part 5 - Tables of Assessment of the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme to see what approval is required.
A proposal will be an accepted development and will not require a development application if it complies with the:
- definition for that use
- specific criteria in the relevant level of assessment table for the zone and specified acceptable outcomes in the applicable zone codes
- specific criteria in the level of assessment tables of any relevant local plans and specified acceptable outcomes in the applicable local plan code
- specific criteria in the level of assessment tables of any relevant overlays and specified acceptable outcomes in any relevant overlay codes.
Please note that the level of assessment in a local plan overrides a level of assessment in a zone, and a level of assessment in an overlay overrides a level of assessment in a zone or neighbourhood plan.
It is important to remember that even if your project is an accepted development and does not need a development application, a building approval may still be required.