March 2020

Urgent amendments to Queensland's planning legislation were passed in March 2020 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 included:

  • declaring COVID-19 as an applicable event under the Planning Act 2016 on 19 March 2020 – now extended to 31 January 2021 (PDF icon 18 KB)
  • declaring Shops, Warehouses and Transport Depots as uses that can operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the an applicable event such as COVID-19
  • providing for applications for a temporary use licence during the COVID-19 applicable event
  • providing for the extension or suspension of statutory timeframes during the COVID-19 applicable event - currency periods of applicable PDA development approvals extended by six months (PDF icon 84 KB).

Declaration of applicable events

Declaration of uses and classes of uses

Temporary use licences

Extension or suspension of planning framework timeframes

Public inspection and purchase of hard copy documents

Additional notification options

More information

For more information about changes under the:

  • Planning Act 2016, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Economic Development Act 2012, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.