Urgent amendments to Queensland's planning legislation have been passed by Queensland Parliament to address concerns raised by a range of stakeholders, including local government and industry, in response to the COVID-19. The changes include:

  • Declaring COVID-19 as an applicable event under the Planning Act 2016 on 19 March 2020
  • Declaring Shops, Warehouses and Transport Depots as uses that can operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the COVID-19 applicable event on 20 March 2020.

The Economic Development Act 2012 has been amended to make applicable events and declared uses under the Planning Act 2016 apply in Priority Development Areas (PDAs).

Temporary use licences

Any person will be able to apply for a temporary use licence during the COVID-19 applicable event to either:

  • change or vary existing conditions of a PDA development approval, or make other operating constraints which may prevent them from operating
  • establish a new use that does not involve physical works.

For enquiries about seeking a temporary use licence within a Priority Development Area email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A temporary use licence authorises the use of premises within a PDA under the jurisdiction of the Economic Development Act 2012. A temporary use licence does not remove the need to obtain any other approvals that might be required by local, State and/or Commonwealth jurisdictions and will only last for the length of the applicable event.

The new temporary use licence arrangements recognise that businesses may need to innovate or change how they operate in unprecedented circumstances.

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

  1. download the PDA application form
  2. send the application form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To apply for a temporary use licence for multiple sites where those sites are both within and outside PDAs, you will also need to make a temporary use licence application under the Planning Act 2016.

A register of each temporary use licence given by the Minister for Economic Development Queensland under the Economic Development Act 2012 for the COVID-19 applicable event can be viewed below.

No temporary use licences have been given yet.

Extension or suspension of planning framework timeframes

If workforces are impacted by an applicable event, the Minister has the ability to extend or suspend statutory timeframes. This will provide certainty that planning decisions, such as those that occur during development assessment, will still be undertaken in a timely manner to ensure that community and industry confidence in the planning framework can be maintained.

The ability to extend or suspend the statutory timeframes will assist local governments, businesses, industry and the state government to manage their workforce.

The Minister for Economic Development Queensland has given the following extension notices or suspension notices, for an applicable event:

No extension or suspension notices have been given yet.

More information

For more information about changes under the:

  • Planning Act, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Economic Development Act, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.