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Adoption of the Longreach Regional Council Planning Scheme


Notice is hereby given under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and Statutory Guideline 04/14: Making or amending local planning instruments, that on 16 April 2015, Council adopted the Longreach Regional Council Planning Scheme and that the scheme is to have effect from 1 June 2015.

The Longreach Regional Council Planning Scheme and planning scheme policies will replace the existing planning schemes and all associated planning scheme policies of the former Longreach Shire Planning Scheme 2006 with amendments in 2010, Ilfracombe Shire Planning Scheme 2006 and Isisford Planning Scheme 2006.

A copy of the Longreach Regional Council Planning Scheme and planning scheme policies will be available for viewing from Council offices at Longreach, Ilfracombe and Isisford and an electronic copy can be viewed and downloaded from the Publishing Portal.

The new Planning Scheme takes affect from 1 June 2015, with applicants having one year to lodge a development application under the old Planning Schemes below:




Longreach Regional Council Planning Scheme is regularly updated with new or amended information. Where changes are approved and published as amendments, these are categorised as administrative, minor or major. Listed below are the recent amendments.

Planning Scheme Polices Amendment No. 1. 

For further information regarding the Longreach Regional Council Planning Scheme, please contact Longreach Regional Council on (07) 4658 4111.

Development Applications

Under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA), there are five types of development applications that can be lodged with Council. Depending on the development application lodged, not all of the five stages may apply. The SPA provides a system where a development may be approved through an integrated process based on a single application. This process is called the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS).

Lodgement by a private certifier

Building Applications can be lodged by a Private Certifier. Please refer to form 56 on the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works Building Forms page.

Please note: On lodgement of building work documentation and notice that a Private Certifier has been engaged, LRC requires the attached fees including Archival Fee & Building Refuse Charge.

Amenity & Aesthetics Policy

On the 15th July 2010 Council adopted an Amenity and Aesthetics Policy pursuant to section 32 of the Building Act 1975

All applications for building work lodged after 1 September 2010 that fall within the categories listed in the policy will require assessment for Amenity and Aesthetics prior to approval being issued by either Longreach Regional Council or a Private Certifier

Inspections & Development Approvals:

Due to the vast area that Council's Building Certifier covers, inspections should be arranged at a minimum of 48 hours in advance. It is understandable that in certain circumstances sufficient notice can't be given and these circumstances will be assessed individually. However note that if sufficient notice is not given the requested inspection time may not be possible.

Development Approvals:
Once a development application has been lodged with all of the required information supplied, Council endeavor to have a decision within 10 business days. It is understandable that in certain circumstances a decision is needed sooner, however a minimum of 5 business days is required to properly assess the development application.

This timeframe can be extended in circumstances where the application involves, boundary relaxations, assessment for Amenity & Aesthetics, and building over Council infrastructure.