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State Planning Policy

The State Planning Policy (SPP) makes sure the state's interests in planning are protected and delivered as part of local government planning across Queensland.

The SPP outlines 17 state interests arranged under five broad themes:

  • liveable communities and housing
  • economic growth
  • environment and heritage
  • safety and resilience to hazards
  • infrastructure.

The SPP also contains guiding principles to ensure the plan-making and development assessments systems are outcome focused, integrated, efficient, positive and accountable.

Local government uses the SPP when making or amending their local planning instruments, such as a local planning scheme. Local government will also assess aspects of development applications using the SPP if their local planning scheme has not integrated certain state interests.

The state government works with local governments to ensure the state interests are reflected in their local planning scheme. The Planning Minister provides the final approval of these local planning instruments.

Our interactive mapping system provides a spatial representation of matters of state interest. Further information about individual Key Resource Areas is also available below.

Guidance material has been developed to help local government put the SPP into action.

Last updated: Thursday, Aug 5, 2021