Potential requirements for your development

State Development Assessment Provisions under the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA)

SARA may assess your development against the following state codes where applicable:

  • Development in a state-controlled road environment
  • Development in a railway environment
  • Development in a busway environment
  • Development in a light rail environment
  • Development in a state-controlled transport tunnel environment
  • Protection of state transport networks
  • Maritime safety
  • Coastal development and tidal works
  • Great Barrier Reef wetland protection areas
  • Taking or interfering with water
  • Removal, destruction or damage of marine plants
  • Development in a declared fish habitat area
  • Unexploded ordnance
  • Queensland heritage
  • Removal of quarry material from a watercourse or lake
  • Native vegetation clearing
  • Aquaculture
  • Constructing or raising waterway barrier works in fish habitats
  • Category 3 levees
  • Referable dams
  • Hazardous chemical facilities
  • Environmentally relevant activities
  • Wind farm development

Contact SARA for further information.

State interests – other state agencies

There are other or additional interests the state may have with respect to your development. These interests and the contact agencies may be provided by SARA, but are listed below if you require up-front information or direct contact.

Requirements or activities that might apply to your developmentContact information

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage: to ensure your activity doesn’t harm Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage

Find more information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage.

Contact the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.

Clearing native vegetation: to obtain a section 22A VMA relevant purpose determination from the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.

Find information on:

Contact your regional Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy vegetation management staff.

Environmental offsets: may be required where there is a ‘significant residual impact’ on a ‘matter of state environmental significance’

Read the Significant residual impact guideline (PDF, 1.53MB)

Contact the Department of Environment and Science

Farming in reef catchments: to comply with reef protection regulations

Contact the Department of Environment and Science

Email: RWQinfo@ehp.qld.gov.au

Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)

Forestry: to clear native forest vegetation that contains state-owned commercial log timber or forest products.

Contact the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on 13 25 23

Protected plants and animals: to clear for development may involve protected plants and animals through the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

You may also :

Contact the Department of Environment and Science

Email: Wildlife.Management@ehp.qld.gov.au

Phone: 1300 130 372

Regional development: to determine if an assessment under the Regional Planning Interests Act is required.

For more information on regional plan areas

Contact the Regional and Precinct Planning Division Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning

Phone: 1300 967 433 or email: RPIAct@dilgp.qld.gov.au

Riverine protection permit: to excavate or place fill within a watercourse, lake or spring, you may need a riverine protection permit.

Find information on riverine protection permits

Contact your Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy regional office

Riverine quarrying material: to remove in-stream material to sell, or to use, you may need a permit.

Find information on riverine quarrying materials

Contact your Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy regional office.

State land and leases: to use land or change the land use you may need a lease, permit or other authorisation.

Find information on land use

Contact: State land staff, Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Phone: (07) 4447 9164 or (07) 4447 9179

State-owned quarry material: to remove state-owned quarry material a sales permit may be needed.

Contact the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on 13 25 23

Water authorisations: to take or interfere with water: the purpose, location and quantity of water involved will determine needed authorisations.

Find general information about water management

Contact your Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy regional office.

Australian Government interests

There are also interests the Australian Government may have with respect to your development. These interests and the contact agencies may be provided by SARA, but are listed below if you require up-front information or direct contact.

Requirements or activities that might apply to your developmentContact information

Biodiversity conservation: to determine whether an action is likely to have a significant impact on a matter protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) may be needed.

You can also:

Contact the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy.

Native title: to determine if there are any procedural rights for future acts under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cwth) section 24HA or 24KA

Contact your local council planning team or SARA.