The Queensland Government views plantation forestry for wood production (timber plantations) in rural and agricultural zones as a form of cropping.
Most existing timber plantation forestry on freehold land in Queensland are historic, and existing land uses, and therefore not subject to the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 or local government's planning requirements.
New timber plantation forestry developments that constitute a material change of land use are generally subject to the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and local government's planning requirements.
The level of development assessment and planning requirements for new timber plantation forestry vary across local governments. To find out more information for Queensland local government areas refer to the 'local government directory' at the Department of Local Government.