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Applicable events

The Planning Minister has powers to declare an applicable event. The concept of the ‘applicable event’ ensures that the state government is able to make advance preparations or respond to emerging circumstances that affect a State interest under the Planning Act.

Once enacted, these powers are temporary and only apply for the duration of the declared event. The provisions commence when the Planning Minister declares that there is an event, such as a public health emergency or a natural disaster, that will affect state interests. The event is declared through a notice.

These provisions were first used to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency, but now are a permanent part of our planning framework.  This ensures the planning framework can respond to other future events or disasters such as flood, cyclones, bushfires or public health pandemics.

Once an applicable event is declared by the Planning Minister, three types of powers become available for use:

Extension or suspension of planning framework periods under the Act

  • The Planning Minister can extend or suspend statutory timeframes to provide for actions, such as those that occur in development assessment, to still be undertaken in a timely manner.
  • The ability to extend or suspend the statutory timeframes assists local governments, businesses, industry and the state government to manage the impacts of the applicable event on their operations and ensures that community and industry confidence in the planning framework can be maintained.

Declarations of uses and classes of uses

  • The Planning Minister can make a declaration for certain uses or essential businesses to operate 24-hours a day, seven days a week to ensure that they can work around the clock to deliver vital goods and services to Queenslanders.

Temporary use licences

  • Any person can apply for a temporary use licence (TUL) to change or vary existing development approval conditions or other operating constraints which may prevent them from operating during the applicable event.
  • The TUL arrangements recognise that businesses may need to innovate or change how they operate in unprecedented circumstances.
  • A TUL authorises the use of premises within the jurisdiction of the Planning Act but does not remove the need to obtain any other approvals that might be required by local, state and/or Commonwealth jurisdictions.

Current applicable events register

  • Rainfall and flooding applicable event (1 April 2022 – 30 June 2022)

    The Planning Minister declared on 1 April 2022 the rainfall and flooding event that occurred in south-eastern Queensland in February and March 2022 to be an applicable event. This declaration has effect from 4 April 2022 through to 30 June 2022 .

    Date of notice

    Applicable event notice

    4 April 2022 Rainfall and Flooding applicable event notice

    This applicable event only applies to the following local government areas:

    • Brisbane City Council
    • Bundaberg Regional Council
    • Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council
    • Fraser Coast Regional Council
    • Gold Coast City Council
    • Goondiwindi Regional Council
    • Gympie Regional Council
    • Gladstone Regional Council
    • Ipswich City Council
    • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
    • Logan City Council
    • Moreton Bay Regional Council
    • Noosa Shire Council
    • North Burnett Regional Council
    • Redland City Council
    • Scenic Rim Regional Council
    • Somerset Regional Council
    • South Burnett Regional Council
    • Southern Downs Regional Council
    • Sunshine Coast Regional Council
    • Toowoomba Regional Council
    • Western Downs Regional Council

    Declarations of uses and classes of uses

    There are no declarations of uses or classes of uses which have been made under the Rainfall and Flooding applicable event.

    Temporary use licences

    Any person will be able to apply for a temporary use licence (TUL) to change or vary existing development approval conditions or other operating constraints which may prevent them from operating during the Rainfall and Flooding applicable event.

    To apply for a temporary use licence you will need to:

    1. download the application form
    2. engage with your local council to ensure that they support your proposed temporary change to your development approval
    3. send the application form and evidence of support from your local council to TUL@dsdilgp.qld.gov.au

    Read the temporary use licences fact sheet ( 188.1 KB) for more information.

    A register of each temporary use licence given by the chief executive under the Planning Act 2016 for the Rainfall and Flooding applicable event can be viewed below.

    Address

    Local Government Area

    Temporary use licence details

    Date issued

    Event name

    Extension of periods under the Planning Act

    The Planning Minister has made the following extension s notices during the current Rainfall and Flooding applicable event. The notice has effect from 6 May 2022 until 30 June 2022, inclusive. The extension of period notice applies in the Gympie Regional Council local government area only.

    Date of notice

    Extension or suspension notice

    6 May 2022

    Extension to timeframes for the Rainfall and Flooding applicable event in the Gympie Regional Council local government area

    Read the fact sheet to learn more about the effect this extension has on development assessment timeframes under the Planning Act.

Previous applicable events register

Last updated: 25 May 2022