Planning Scheme Information


Planning Schemes support growth and assist in managing future development in an area. The Livingstone Planning Scheme 2018 was adopted by Council on 5 April 2018 and commenced on 1 May 2018. The Planning Scheme sets out Livingstone Shire Council's intention for the future development in the Planning Scheme area, over the next ten (10) years. The Planning Scheme seeks to advance state and regional policies, including state planning policies and the Central Queensland Regional Plan, through more detailed local responses taking into account the local context. 

The 2005 Planning Scheme (reprint 7) became a superseded scheme on 1 May 2018 with the commencement of the new scheme. 
Planning Scheme

View the Livingstone
Planning Scheme 2018 Online
 

Easily navigate the contents of the Planning Scheme including search and print options
Report

Access information about the
new Planning Scheme
commences 1 May 2018
Including PDF versions of the scheme and maps, as well as background studies



Superseded Planning Schemes                                                                                                                                                                                 

 
A planning scheme (or version/reprint thereof) becomes superseded when a new planning scheme or planning scheme amendment is gazetted. Livingstone Shire Council has two superseded planning schemes. Access to the superseded planning schemes is available via the below links:

2005 Planning Scheme (reprint 7)                             Superseded 2005 Planning Scheme (reprint 6) 
Superseded as at 1 May 2018
 Superseded as at 9 July 2017


The Planning Act 2016 allows a person to ask Council to apply a superseded planning scheme to a development proposal, within one year of commencement of a new planning scheme. The request will be for Council to either:

  1. accept, assess and decide a development application under a superseded scheme (this will then require a second application to be made, if the request is successful, known as a superseded planning scheme application) ; or
  2. apply a superseded planning scheme to the carrying out of development that was accepted development (previously known as self-assessment) under the superseded planning scheme.
More information about applying a superseded planning scheme is available in this State government Fact Sheet - Development Assessment: Request to apply a superseded planning scheme.

A request to Council to apply a superseded planning scheme must be accompanied by:


Central Queensland Regional Plan​                                                                                                                                                                                                 

The Central Queensland Regional Plan (October 2013) is one of the Queensland Government's statutory regional plans providing strategic direction and policies to deliver regional outcomes which align with the State's interests in planning and development.

​The Livingstone Planning Scheme 2018, specifically the strategic framework, appropriately advances the Central Queensland Regional Plan, as it applies in the planning scheme area. 


State Planning Policy                                                                                                                                                                                                  

​The SPP outlines 17 state interests that must be considered in every planning scheme across Queensland. These state interests are arranged under five broad themes:

  • ​liveable communities and housing
  • economic growth
  • environment and heritage
  • safety and resilience to hazards
  • infrastructure
​The integration of the SPP into local planning schemes ensures that the most important state planning interests are protected and managed in a way that is relevant to every area across Queensland. The State Government works with Councils to ensure that state interests are adequately reflected in their schemes, and the Planning Minister provides the final approval of these schemes.

The State Government does not mandate how state interests should be applied because Queensland Councils are too diverse. A Council in a remote part of the state, for example, will have different needs, priorities and policies than will an urban council. 

As Councils prepare their local planning schemes, they need to show how the state interests will be reflected locally. Each of the 17 state interests in the SPP is supported by a guideline. These guidelines help Councils put the policy into action. Development applications may also have to address the SPP where relevant mapping and triggers apply. 

Access the State Planning Policy and Mapping here.


Capricorn Municipal Design Guidelines                                                                                                                                                                   

The Capricorn Municipal Design Guidelines outlines the engineering drawings and specifications which are adopted by Council for use in development. Council's development conditions, which form part of a Decision Notice Approval, may specify compliance with different sections of the Capricorn Municipal Design Guidelines


Exemption Certificates                                                                                                                                                                                                

Under section 46 of the Planning Act 2016, Council may provide, in limited circumstances, an exemption from a development application, if;

  1. the effects of the development would be minor or inconsequential, considering the circumstances under which the development was categorised as assessable development;
  2. the development was categorised as assessable development only because of particular circumstances that no longer apply;
  3. the development was categorised as assessable development because of an error.
It is recommended that contact made with the Duty Planner to discuss if an Exemption Certificate is applicable.
Log a customer enquiry with the Duty Planner online or call (07) 4913 5000 or 1300 790 919 to make an appointment.  

To lodge a request for Council to consider an exemption:

View the fact sheet on exemption certificates for more information.