Planning and infrastructure forms & guidelines

Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) provides forms, guidelines and practice notes to help you progress a development proposal through the application process.


If EDQ is the MEDQ Delegate for a development application, the application must be lodged using the relevant form.

EDQ also has forms for a range of other processes under the Economic Development Act 2012, including vegetation management, compliance assessment, survey plan endorsement, currency period extension and road closure. Scroll down to see the list of forms.

Project cost estimate

Providing data for project cost estimates is a mandatory component in completing the application form.

Individual project costs will not be published, but aggregated data for a particular PDA or across all-PDAs may be referenced in reports, or communications and media materials released by the MEDQ or the department.

The project cost estimate means the total design and construct cost of the proposal or element of the project to which the application relates.

It is appropriate for project cost estimates to be based on preliminary project feasibility inputs and assumptions for the following different applications and development.

Material change of use

The cost estimate must include the cost of designing and constructing any works necessarily associated with the proposed use including, for example: building work, landscaping works, vegetation clearing, public and private asset works.

Reconfiguring a Lot (RaL)

The cost estimate must include the cost of designing and constructing any works necessarily associated with the proposed RaL, including, for example: earthworks and civil works such as filling, excavation, roads, bridges, drainage infrastructure, open space embellishments.

The cost estimate should not include costs associated with:

  • lots creating staging boundaries
  • management and balance lots
  • building format and volumetric format lots if the building and works were (or will be) the subject of a separate PDA development application.
MCU or RaL involving a Plan of Development (PoD)

Sometimes an MCU or RaL application is accompanied by a Plan of Development (PoD) that authorises subsequent building and operational work to be undertaken without further approval (i.e. other than compliance assessment).

For applications accompanied by a PoD, the cost estimate for the MCU or RaL must include an estimate of the design and construction costs for the proposed, subsequent authorised works.

For example, if a PoD accompanies a 300 lot RaL application and is intended to authorise single dwellings on each of the newly created lots, the cost estimate for the RaL application must also include an estimate for the design and construction costs of the 300 dwellings.

Operational work

A separate estimate of the design and construction costs for operational work is only required if the cost of the work has not been (will not be) provided with an MCU or RaL PDA development application.

S99 Application to change PDA development approval

The cost estimate must detail the project cost for the existing approved development and the increase or decrease to the total project cost as a result of the proposed changes to the approval.

Development guidelines

EDQ guidelines support the development schemes and interim land use plan (ILUPS). They cover topics such as housing, development and planning. Scroll down to see the list of development guidelines.

Practice Notes

EDQ's practice notes provide advice about applying the standards and requirements expressed in development schemes, ILUPs and guidelines. Scroll down to see the list of practice notes.

Vegetation management

Permits may be required to clear or interfere with vegetation for PDAs located in Brisbane. More information about vegetation management.

Certification process

The certification process is generally discussed with applicants at a pre-lodgement meeting. More information about the certification process.

Download pre-lodgement meeting form

Infrastructure offset form

To claim either a provisional or a final Infrastructure offset use the infrastructure offset form. Please refer to the application checklist before completing the online form.

Infrastructure charge request

To request an estimate or invoice for infrastructure charges use the:



Number Title (current version) Historical versions
1 Residential 30 (May 2015)March 2014 (superseded)
2 Accessible housing (May 2015)March 2014 (superseded)
3 Non-resident worker accommodation (May 2015)  March 2014 (superseded)
4 Residential Infill in the Blackwater UDA - Blackwater residential infill guideline (May 2015)   March 2014 (superseded)
5 Neighbourhood planning and design (May 2015)March 2014 (superseded)
6 Street and movement networkApril 2012 (superseded)
7 Low rise buildings (May 2015)March 2014 (superseded)
8 Medium and high rise buildings (May 2015)  March 2014 (superseded) 
9 Centres (May 2015)  September 2013 (superseded) 
10 Industry and business areas (May 2015)  March 2014 (superseded) 
11 Community facilities (May 2015)  March 2014 (superseded) 
12 Park planning and design (May 2015)  November 2011 (under review) 
13 Engineering standards (September 2017)  May 2015 (superseded) 

April 2015 (superseded) 

March 2014 (superseded) 
14 Environmental values and sustainable resource use (May 2015)  March 2014 (superseded) 
15 Protection from flood and storm tide inundation (May 2015)  March 2014 (superseded)
16 Housing (January 2016)  July 2012 (superseded)
17 Remnant vegetation and koala habitat obligations in Greater Flagstone and Yarrabilba PDAs (May 2015)August 2014 (superseded)

July 2012 (superseded) 
18 Development interfaces (May 2015)March 2014 (superseded)
19 Ripley Road design guideline (May 2015)March 2014 (superseded)
20 Queen's Wharf Brisbane PDA public realm and movement network planning and design guideline (May 2016)   

Practice notes

Last updated: 23 July 2024