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Pre-lodgement Meetings

Council offers a free pre-lodgement service.

Pre-lodgement services can help with questions about specific land sites, planning schemes, land use, future development proposals and preparation of development applications.

The advice provided will help to:

 - give greater confidence in an outcome
 - deal with difficult issues early
 - improve the quality of applications lodged
 - give guidance on supporting information that is required
 - identify relevant referral agencies, legislative and planning scheme requirements
 - identify engineering, environmental and landscaping technical issues
 - provide specific guidance on technical requirements about conditions of approval
 - understand assessment processes and clarify timeframes
 - ensure better communication
 - reduce assessment time and cost

You can request an appointment by completing the pre-lodgement meeting request form and emailing it to

Council will organise a meeting within ten business days after receiving the request. This time is needed to review and prepare the advice.

Development Application Forms

The Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) forms are the approved forms under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) and must be used for applications lodged under this Act.

For all development applications you must:

 - Complete IDAS form 1 - Application details.
 - Complete any other IDAS forms relevant to your application.
 - Provide any mandatory supporting information identified as being required on the relevant forms to accompany your application. This includes a response to the relevant state code(s) of the State Development Assessment Provision (SDAP).
 - Lodge the development application, including the relevant IDAS forms, with the assessment manager for the application (refer to Schedule 6 of the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 to determine who is the assessment manager for a development application).

You can access all IDAS Forms via:

Sustainable Planning Act and Regulations

The Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) is the principal legislation for Queensland's planning and development system.  It aims to deliver a smarter, faster and simpler system focusing on sustainable outcomes for all Queenslanders.

The Queensland Government is preparing new legislation to deliver a better planning system that enables responsible development and delivers prosperity, sustainability and liveability for now and into the future. The planning reform aims to create a more efficient planning system that supports investment and jobs, but will not come at the expense of community participation or the role of local governments.

You can access both the act and regulations via:

Fees and Charges

Council’s Adopted Schedule of Fees and Charges 2016-17

Somerset Region Planning Scheme Fees and Charges 2016-17

DA Mapping System

The DA mapping system contains Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping layers kept, prepared or sourced by the state that relate to development assessment and matters of interest to the state in assessing development applications. The system also includes hyperlinks to registers maintained by relevant state agencies used to identify matters of interest, such as the Queensland Heritage Register.

Mapping layers in the DA mapping system include information from:
 - The State Assessment and Referral Agency, (SARA).
 - Priority development areas.
 - The Regional Planning Interests Act 2014

Access the DA mapping system

Local Government Vegetation Clearing

Vegetation clearing is an assessable development in the Somerset region (effective 1 March 2016), with the introduction of the Somerset Region Planning Scheme (SRPS). Council endorsed this measure to have increased influence on the vegetation management activities in Somerset, as the extent and nature of vegetation is critical to maintaining the regions scenic appeal, ecological function, and the livability and identity of the Somerset community.

Council also acknowledges that Somerset is a largely rural community, and as such incidental clearing can be required from time to time in support of safety, rural production and farm infrastructure. As such, there are exemptions in the planning scheme and associated legislation for activities considered to be minor operational works, as defined by the SRPS. Clearing which is minor operational works does not require Council approval – for more information, refer to the Vegetation Clearing under the Planning Scheme factsheet.

If you intend to claim an exemption it is recommended that you notify Council of your intentions to clear and property description.  You can do this by phoning (07) 5424 4000 or emailing your enquiry to  This process will confirm that the vegetation management activities proposed are consistent with the exemption definitions.

Infrastructure Charges

Somerset Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No. 2) 2016

The Somerset Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No. 2) 2016 commenced in conjunction with the Somerset Region Planning Scheme. The Resolution aligns the infrastructure charging instrument to the Somerset Region Planning Scheme 2016.

Infrastructure Charging - General

Approved development applications for proposed developments within Somerset that introduce a new use, a change in use or an increase in the scale or intensity of an existing use will usually incur infrastructure charges to cover the extra demand that will be placed on Council’s trunk infrastructure networks. A Building Works application (excluding houses) may also attract infrastructure charges, where there has been no approved development application applicable for the work, and the Building Works application increases the scale or intensity of the use on the site. Charges collected or assets constructed contribute to the provision of essential trunk infrastructure to service new development. Trunk infrastructure is significant infrastructure that supports large areas or catchments, such as major stormwater pipes for an entire neighbourhood, and is classified into the following Council networks:
 - Park and Open Space
 - Transport
 - Stormwater

Queensland Urban Utilities also have the ability to apply infrastructure charges for their water and waste water trunk infrastructure as part of their water approval process. For further information Queensland Urban Utilities can be contacted on (07) 3432 2200 to determine if any charges will be payable as part of your development or alternatively you can visit

Calculation of Infrastructure charges are undertaken for each development as part of the approval process. An Infrastructure Charges Notice (ICN) is issued with the Development Permit listing any applicable infrastructure charges for the proposed development. Infrastructure charges will be due and payable according to the trigger for payment as outlined in the ICN.

View the Charges Resolution and associated attachments