Town Planning and Development Town Planning and Development

The planning control under which Weipa Town Authority operates is outlined as follows:

The planning control is established by the Local Government (Interim Development Control – Town of Weipa) Order 1995.

The Order calls up an Interim Development Control Regulation from the Local Government (Planning and Environment) Regulations as the interim development control provisions for Weipa (with some amendments to take account of the location and the circumstances).

Subregulation 2 deals with permitted uses. It identifies several uses that do not require the consent of the Company or Town Commission (Weipa Town Authority). These permitted uses are agriculture, dwelling house and public utility*.

All development proposals except the three permitted uses require an application for either a material change of use or reconfiguring a lot (eg. Subdivisions).

  • Applications for material change of use are impact assessable and require public advertising.
  • Applications for reconfiguring a lot are code assessable and do not require public advertising.

* Please refer to Advisory Development Plan for Weipa Local Government Area for full definitions. 

Applications for a development permit may require information to be provided, such as (but not limited to):

  • What the development will look like when complete
  • The materials to be used
  • Any impacts on the surrounding environment.

For more information on the new Town Planning Scheme for Weipa please see the Frequently Asked Questions

Development applications


For Development Application enquiries, please contact the Weipa Town Authority – Township Planning Department on (07) 4030 9400 or email


To lodge an application, first download the relevant forms from the Queensland Government Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning website

You can lodge your development application in person at the Weipa Town Office, via email or by mail to the Assessment Manager at:

Attention:  Coordinator Township Planning 
Weipa Town Authority
PO Box 420
Weipa  Qld 4874

Preparing and lodging a Development Application

To ensure an application is ‘properly made’, it must meet the requirements of the Sustainable Planning Act (SPA) 2009 and be completed on the approved IDAS forms:

The application must be:

  • Made to the assessment manager on the approved IDAS forms either by person, mail or email
  • Provided with all supporting information (stated on the IDAS form as mandatory information)
  • Lodged with the appropriate fee (see fees and charges)  (Link to fees and charges)
  • Accompanied (where required) by the consent of the owner of the land

Assessment of your application cannot begin until it meets these criteria.

Have your say on a Development Application

Members of the community are entitled to make a submission either for or against a Development Application during the formal public notification period. 

Residents can support or oppose proposed development by making a formal submission that explains in writing why you support or opposite the development proposal.

‘Properly made submissions’ must:

  • Be in writing and signed by each person who is listed as supporting it
  • Include the name and address of each person who signs it
  • State what aspects of the plan or proposed development you support or oppose and why
  • Be received by the Weipa Town Authority during the formal public notification period.

The Weipa Town Authority needs to understand the reasons behind your submission. For example, if you think the type of development proposed for your area is unsuitable, you need to say why it is unsuitable, not simply that you do not like it.

A person who makes a ‘properly made submission’ is called the ‘submitter’. Once the Weipa Town Authority considers all submissions, a copy of the decision is sent to everyone who wrote a submission; or the first person on the list of ‘submitters’ if signed by several people.

It is also important that the submission clearly details which development application you are making a submission about. 

You can make a submission by mail or email to:

Attention: Coordinator Township Planning
Weipa Town Authority
PO Box 420
Weipa  Qld 4874