Town Planning Dictionary

Here is a list of common town planning terms, acronyms and their definitions. BW – Building Work In Queensland, building work, with the acronym BW is defined as any work involved in the construction, alteration, addition, repair, renovation, demolition, or removal of a building. This includes the construction of new buildings, extensions or renovations of […]

How Long does it take to Obtain Council Approval?

The time it takes to obtain development approval from a council through Queensland’s town planning assessment system can vary depending on a number of factors, including: the complexity of the proposal, the completeness of the application, the workload of the council. Typically, it can between 2 and 7 weeks for a simple development application, or […]

The Difference Between an Urban Planner and a Town Planner

There is no difference between a town planner and an urban planner, both terms refer to someone from within the same industry. You may hear or use different terms depending on where you are in the world or the consultant team you are working with. What is a Town Planner, or Urban Planner? A town […]

How to Obtain Development Approval in Queensland

What is a Development Approval A development approval may be referred to as a DA, Planning Permit or Council Approval. In the State of Queensland, you may require an approval for your property project if you wish to: Increase dwelling density Increase the intensity of an existing use Change a use Subdivide land Develop land […]

Development Approval Currency Period

What is a currency period Once Council permits are issued a common and necessary question from clients is “how long will my development permit last?”, “what is the development approval currency period?” or other variation, “how long do I have to start and complete my Council Approval?”. The technical term being the ‘currency period’ is […]

Town Planner Fees

What does it cost to engage a town planner? A standard hourly charge for a town planner is between $150-$300 AUD. The fees charged depend on the consultancy size, experience and the project. What should you budget for town planning fees? If you are seeking initial town planning advice we recommend budgeting $500 for smaller […]