QLD subdivision approvals

Queensland Land Subdivision

As a private town planning consultancy, we are often the first to be asked “Can I subdivide my property” and then “How much is it going to cost to subdivide the property”.

Whilst Urban Planners Queensland can help you answer whether your site is subdividable we purposefully do not offer project management services [town planning is our place of expertise] which precludes us from answering how you are going to complete the subdivision and what it is going to add up to in fees.

The general consensus based on data is that a standard 1 into 2 lot subdivision in South East Queensland is going to set you back $90,000 to $120,000 inclusive of town planning, infrastructure charges, government fees, operational works and servicing the allotments.

The average Council approval for a small subdivision will cost applicants $10,000 to $15,000 inclusive of Council fees, private planner fees and a plan from a surveyor. 

Some items may not be applicable to your project and others that are applicable may not be listed but this is a good starting point and a useful tool.


This post was written in 2020 and edited in 2022.


Asking “how long will it take to have my development assessed and approved?” is a reasonable and common question but no different to asking “how long is a piece of string?” and how much information and context the person you are talking to has.

As a general rule for small property projects:

  • Simple, minor and 99% compliant applications will be approved in 5 weeks or less.
  • Code assessable development applications will be approved in 3 months or less.
  • Impact assessable development applications will be approved in 6 months or less.
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There is huge variance in the above generalities, such as a project you may feel is minor may take 3 months rather than 5 weeks to be approved as it isn’t actually compliant with the planning legislation.

Some projects may even be approved in 2 weeks, with others taking 12 months.


When asked in in the initial stages of a project how long with the DA (Development Approval) take, the answer is going to be a general one. Once we have undertaken a detailed assessment of the project a more accurate timeframe for approval can then be discussed.


It is important to note that in Queensland, assessing officers from both Council and the State are given timeframes within the State planning legislation which allows them legally to decide basic applications in 2 weeks or 3 months at their discretion. There is no State planning legislation which forces fast-tracked assessment of development.