Queensland has adopted the new Planning Act 2016 (Planning Act) – repealing the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) – with the change taking effect on July 3, 2017.

Under the Planning Act, development categories are now determined to be Accepted, Assessable and Prohibited development. The Planning Act introduces new criteria and rules for the assessment and determination of development  applications. Accepted development replaces the  former  Exempt  and  Self-assessable  development  categories under the SPA. ‘Accepted development is subject to…