Building and Planning

A Building Development Application is required to be submitted for most building works undertaken within the Barcaldine Region. The application maybe assessed by Council or you can contact a Private Certifier.

To download the Application Forms and Guidelines please visit the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning website and type in ‘DA Forms’

For Building fees please view the Barcaldine Regional Council Fees and Charges 2019/2020.

For any Building or Planning enquiries, please contact any Barcaldine Regional Council Office.

Current Development Applications

Council maintains a register of applications currently under assessment.

Development application documents for each application under assessment is available at this link.

Decision notices given by Council as Assessment Manager under the Planning Act 2016 can be provided via email upon request. The Statement of Reasons for the decision that Council has made on a particular development application are outlined on Council’s written decision notice.

Building Work

Development Approvals for Building Work must be obtained before commencing any building work (including renovations, alterations or additions to any building or structure on your property) and for the erection of carports, outdoor areas, gazebos, swimming pools and swimming pool fences, spas, retaining walls, shipping containers and the like.

In order to obtain the approval, a Development Application for Building Work can be lodged to either Council or you can contact a private building certifier. To enquire about application requirements and fees, please contact any Barcaldine Regional Council office.


In Queensland, state-wide legislation establishes the framework and overarching policy for land use planning.

Commencing in mid-2017, the Planning Act 2016 establishes a new planning system for the state and replaces the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. Under this planning regime, the fundamental roles of the state, local government and community will not change.

Council’s Planning Schemes

A Planning Scheme is an important tool for guiding future growth and development within a local government area. Three Planning Schemes are used by Barcaldine Regional Council to regulate planning and development in different areas of the region.

Under the Planning Schemes, new development may require a development approval. This will depend on various factors, including the type of development, proposal details, and the zone and overlays that apply to the development site. The different types of development that may require approval under the Planning Scheme are listed below:


Material Change of Use, which means:

The start of a new use of the premises;

The re-establishment on the premises of a use that has been abandoned; or

A material increase in the intensity or scale of the use of the premises.


Reconfiguring a Lot, which includes:

Subdividing land to create additional lots;

Re-aligning the boundary of a lot;

Creating an access easement; or

Dividing land into parts by agreement.

Operational Work, which means work on, over or under premises that materially affects premises or the use of premises, for example, earthworks (filling or excavation). Operational work does not include building work or plumbing or drainage work.

Building Work, which applies to any new building work (Note: a development approval for building work under the Planning Scheme may be required before obtaining a building approval as described at the top of this webpage, for example, for an oversized shed).

Do I need planning approval?

For any development above that requires an approval under the Planning Scheme, a Development Application must be lodged to Council.

To enquire about your proposed development and whether it triggers a Development Application for Development Approval under the Planning Scheme, please contact any Barcaldine Regional Council office.

A Fact Sheet is available upon request to help explain Development Application requirements for the two most common applications assessed by Council, being for Material Change of Use and Reconfiguring a Lot.

Additional Planning Controls

At its General Meeting held on 11 May 2011, Council adopted the following planning controls for the townships of Alpha and Jericho:

Council adopts the following Planning Control Measures for future development in Jericho:
"The minimum building floor height (distance from the ground to the bottom of the floor bearer) of any new structure constructed in the Jericho Town Area must be 300mm above the highest levels determined by the 2002 Jericho Town Flood Mitigation Study by Connell Wagner and any structure, including any associated works, must not in any way redirect flood waters."; and

Council adopts the following Planning Control Measures for future development in Alpha:
"The minimum building floor height (distance from the ground to the bottom of the floor bearer) of any new structure constructed in the Alpha Town Area must be 300mm above the levels determined by the 1990 historic event as described in the Alpha Town Flood Mitigation Report compiled by Connell Wagner in clauses 10.2.3 and 10.2.4 as equivalent to the 1990 information available and any structure, including any associated works, must not in any way redirect flood waters.".

The Flood Mitigation Study relevant to each town can be accessed via Council’s Publications and Documents webpage.

New Barcaldine Region Planning Scheme

Council is in the process of preparing a new single planning scheme (Planning Act compliant) that will replace the three current planning schemes and will apply to the entire local government area. The new planning scheme is still in draft format and will be available for public comment in the coming months.

Infrastructure Charges

At the General Meeting of Council held on 27 April 2016, it was resolved to not prepare a Local Government Infrastructure Plan as required by the superseded Sustainable Planning Act, and that Council therefore ceases to levy Adopted Infrastructure Charges. This resolution was to take effect from 3 May 2016 and is still in effect for the local government area.

Town Planning Schemes

Building and Planning Forms