The Planning Act 2016 defines levels of assessment for development. The table below provides an explanation of whether or not approval (via the lodgement of a development application) is required for the different levels of assessment.
Level of Assessment
Council Approval Required
All development other than assessable or prohibited development or identified as such in a planning scheme.
No, if the proposed development complies with all of the Acceptable Outcomes from the applicable codes under CairnsPlan 2016.
If accepted development does not comply with one or more of the identified Acceptable Outcomes of the applicable code(s), it becomes code assessable.
Yes, development permit
Will be either:
No, application/request cannot be made for prohibited development (listed under Schedule 10 of the Planning Regulation 2017).