Bundaberg Regional Council Planning Scheme 2015

The Bundaberg Regional Council Planning Scheme 2015 and supporting Planning Scheme Policies (the planning scheme) were adopted by Council at its meeting held 13 October 2015.

The planning scheme was gazetted on 16 October 2015 and commenced on Monday, 19 October 2015.

The planning scheme was made under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and sets a blueprint for the future growth and development of the Bundaberg Region.

Since its initial adoption, the planning scheme has undergone two (2) amendment processes. Version 1.1 adopted the Hughes Road Masterplan Planning Scheme Policy and Version 2.0 adopted the Planning Scheme Amendment No. 1 - adopting a number of zone changes across the region.

Details of these changes including explanatory statements can be accessed by contacting Council's Strategic Planning team on 1300 883 699.

Supporting Documents

Amenity and Aesthetics and Building Work involving Removal or Rebuilding Policy

To support the planning scheme, Council has adopted an Amenity and Aesthetics, and Building Work Involving Removal or Rebuilding Policy that applies to particular building work.

Flood Hazard Resolution

Council has declared flood hazard areas by resolution under the Building Act 1975 – flood hazard mapping is available here (PDF version) or on Council’s interactive mapping system. For more information visit Council's Building and Planning Flood information page.

Temporary Local Planning Instrument 1/2017 – Protection of the Mon Repos Turtle Conservation Area

In late 2016 the Planning Minister, Hon. Jackie Trad MP, raised concerns with Council that its Planning Scheme does not sufficiently protect the Mon Repos turtle rookery from the adverse impacts of development.  To address these concerns, Council at its meeting held 14 March 2017 adopted a temporary local planning instrument (TLPI) (see notice of adoption).  Temporary Local Planning Instrument 1/2017 – Protection of the Mon Repos Turtle Conservation Area affects land on the seaward side of Shelley Street, Burnett Heads, from Dryden Street south to and including 174 Shelley Street.  The TLPI provides an interim policy response that suspends aspects of Council’s Planning Scheme; the TLPI took effect 17 March 2017 and will cease to have effect on 16 March 2018 unless repealed earlier.

Development Applications – Development Assessment

For information about lodging a development application, including how to arrange a pre-lodgement meeting and information on application forms, please see here.

Information on development applications lodged with Council is also available via Council’s PD Online service.

Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution

To support the commencement of Council’s new planning scheme, and encourage development in the Bundaberg Region, Council has adopted a new adopted infrastructure charges resolution (AICR).   Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No 1) 2015 was adopted by Council on 13 October 2015 and took effect on 19 October 2015.  Key changes in the new charges resolution include –


  • ensuring use types align with terms used in the new planning scheme;
  • introducing charges for building works for dual occupancy development;
  • introducing new charge areas to provide for reduced infrastructure charges for certain forms of development in identified partially serviced hinterland areas;
  • removing plans for trunk infrastructure, priority infrastructure area maps and standards of service from the charges resolution given these are now incorporated within the Priority Infrastructure Plan at Part 4 of the Bundaberg Regional Council Planning Scheme 2015.

Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No 1) 2015 is available to view or download below.

Adopted Infrastructure Charge Resolution No 1 - 2015

The new charges generally provide a minimum 10 per cent cost reduction for infrastructure charges for development across the Bundaberg Region when compared to the maximum charges prescribed by the State Government.

For further information about AICR (No1) 2015, please contact the Duty Planner on 1300 883 699.

Superseded Planning Schemes

The Bundaberg Regional Council Planning Scheme and associated Planning Scheme Policies replace the four planning schemes and associated planning scheme policies for the former local government areas of Bundaberg City, Burnett Shire, Isis Shire and Kolan Shire. The new planning scheme does not affect existing lawful uses or current development approvals. For a period of 12 months from commencement of the new planning scheme, a person may request Council assess a proposed development under the provisions of the relevant superseded planning scheme.

View the Superseded Planning Schemes here