TheSustainable Planning Act 2009defines 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
No, if the proposed development complies with all of the Acceptable Outcomes from the applicable codes under CairnsPlan 2016.
If self-assessable development does not comply with one or more of the identified Acceptable Outcomes of the applicable code(s), it becomes code assessable.
Development Requiring Compliance Assessment
Yes, compliance permit
Will be assessed against the compliance outcomes of the applicable code(s) identified in the assessment criteria.
Yes, development permit
Will be either:
No, application/request cannot be made for prohibited development (listed under Schedule 1 of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009).