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Development assessment for water-related operational works

Queensland's Planning Act 2016 sets out how development proposals are made and assessed. The table below shows the assessment categories and their requirements, which are explained in this guide.

Determining the assessment category

To determine which assessment category applies to your work, you should check:

If you need help to determine the assessment category for your water-related operational works, contact your local water management office of the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.

Development type Assessment requirements Notes
Accepted development - without requirements
  • Development application not required
  • Also called 'exempt development' in older documents
Accepted development - with requirements
  • Development application not required
  • Must meet the requirements of the relevant self-assessable code
  • Also called 'self-assessable development' in older documents
Assessable development
  • Development application required
  • Assessed by the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA)


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