Version 2 - Current Planning Scheme
- Citation and commencement
- Part 1 About the planning scheme
- Part 2 State planning provisions
- Part 3 Strategic framework
- Part 4 Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP)
- Part 5 Tables of assessment
- Part 6 Zones
- Part 7 Local plans
- Part 8 Overlays
- Part 9 Development codes
- Part 10 Other plans
- Schedule 1 Definitions
- Schedule 2 Mapping
- Schedule 3 Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) mapping and tables
- Schedule 4 Notations required under the Planning Act 2016
- Schedule 5 Land designated for community infrastructure
- Schedule 6 Planning scheme policies
5.3 Categories of development and assessment
5.3.1 Process for determining the category of development and the category of assessment for assessable development
The process for determining a category of development and category of assesment is:
- for a material change of use, establish the use by reference to the use definitions in Schedule 1
- for all development, identify the following:
- determine if the development is accepted development under schedule 6 of the Regulation, by reference to the tables in section 5.4
Editor's note — Schedule 6 of the Regulation prescribes development that a planning scheme can not state is assessable development where the matters identified in the schedule are met.
- determine if the development is assessable development under schedule 10 of the Regulation section 5.4 Regulated categories of development and categories of assessment prescribed by the
- if the development is not listed in the tables in section 5.4 Regulated categories of development and categories of assessment prescribed by the Regulation, determine the initial category of assessment by reference to the tables in:
- a precinct of a zone may change the categories of development or assessment and this will be shown in the “category of assessment” column of the tables in sections 5.5, 5.6, 5.7 and 5.8.
- if a local plan applies refer to the table(s) in section 5.9 Categories of development and assessment— Local plans, to determine if the local plan changes the category of development or assessment for the zone
- if a precinct of a local plan changes the category of development or assessment this is to be shown in the 'Category of development and assessment' column of the table(s) in section 5.9
- if an overlay applies, refer to section 5.10 Category of development assessment—Overlays, to determine if the overlay further changes the category of development or assessment.
- A material change of use is assessable development requiring impact assessment:
- unless the table of assessment states otherwise
- if a use is not listed or defined
- unless otherwise prescribed in the Act or the Regulation.
- Reconfiguring a lot is assessable development requiring code assessment unless the tables of assessment state otherwise or unless otherwise prescribed in the Act or the Regulation.
- Building work and operational work are accepted development, unless the tables of assessment state otherwise or unless otherwise prescribed in the Act or the Regulation.
- Where an aspect of development is proposed on premises included in more than one zone, local plan or overlay, the category of development or assessment for that aspect is the highest category under each of the applicable zones, local plans or overlays.
- Where development is proposed on premises partly affected by an overlay, the category of development or assessment for the overlay only relates to the part of the premises affected by the overlay.
- For the purposes of Schedule 6, Part 2 Material change of use section (2)(2)(d)(i) or(ii) of the Regulation, an overlay does not apply to the premises if the development meets the acceptable outcomes that form the requirements for accepted development in the relevant overlay code.
- If development is identified as having a different category of development or category of assessment under a zone than under a local plan or an overlay, the highest category of development or assessment applies as follows:
- accepted development subject to requirements prevails over accepted development
- code assessment prevails over acccepted development where subject to requirements and accepted development
- impact assessment prevails over code assessment, accepted development where subject to requirements and accepted development.
- Despite sub–subsections 5.3.2(4) and (7) above, a category of assessment in a local plan overrides a category of assessment in a zone and a category of assessment in an overlay overrides a category of assessment in zone or local plan.
- Provisions of Part 10 may override any of the above.
- The category of development prescribed under Schedule 6 of the Regulation overrides all other categories of development or assessment for that development under the planning scheme to the extent of any inconsistency
Editor's Note — Schedule 7 of the Regulation also identifies development that the state categorises as accepted development. Some development in the schedule may still be made assessable under the planning scheme.
- Despite all of the above, if development is listed as prohibited development under Schedule 10 of the Regulation, a development application cannot be made.
Note—Development is to be only taken to be prohibited development under the planning scheme only if it is identified in Schedule 10 of the Regulation.
5.3.3 Determining the requirements for accepted development and assessment benchmarks and other matters for assessable development
- Accepted development does not require a development approval and is not subject to assessment benchmarks. However, certain requirements may apply to some types of development for it to be accepted development. Where nominated in the tables of assessment, accepted development must comply with the requirements identified as acceptable outcomes in the relevant parts of the applicable code(s) as identified in the relevant column.
- Accepted development that does not comply with one or more of the nominated acceptable outcomes in the relevant parts of the applicable code(s) becomes code assessable development, unless otherwise specified.
- The following rules apply in determining assessment benchmarks for each category of development and assessment.
- Code assessable development:
Editor's Note — Section 27 of the Regulation also identifies the matters that code assessment must have regard to.
- is to be assessed against all the assessment benchmarks identified in the assessment benchmarks column
- that occurs as a result of development becoming code assessable pursuant to sub-section 5.3.3(2) must:
- be assessed against the assessment benchmarks for the development application, limited to the subject matter of the required acceptable outcomes that were not complied with or were not capable of being complied with under sub-section 5.3.3(2)
- comply with all required acceptable outcomes identified in sub-section 5.3.3(1), other than those mentioned in sub-section 5.3.3(2);
- that complies with:
- the purpose and overall outcomes of the code complies with the code
- the performance or acceptable outcomes complies with the purpose and overall outcomes of the code;
- is to be assessed against any assessment benchmarks for the development identified in section 26 of the Regulation.
- Impact assessable development:
- is to be assessed against the identified assessment benchmarks in the assessment benchmarks column (where relevant)
- assessment is to have regard to the whole of the planning scheme, to the extent relevant
- is to be assessed against any assessment benchmarks for the development identified in section 30 of the Regulation.
Note —The first row of each table of assessment is to be checked to confirm if there are assessment benchmarks that commonly apply to general scenarios in the zone, local plan or overlay.
Editor's Note — Section 31 of the Regulation identifies the matters that impact assessment must have regard to.