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The chief executive of the Planning Act 2016 (the Act), being the Director-General of the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DILGP) is the assessment manager or referral agency for development applications where there is a matter of interest to the state. DILGP is the single point of lodgement for all development applications that are assessed through the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA).

The State Development Assessment Provisions (SDAP) defines the state’s interest in development assessment. It contains the matters SARA considers when assessing a development application on behalf of the chief executive.

The state uses SDAP to deliver a coordinated, whole-of-government approach to the state’s assessment of development applications.

SDAP is a statutory document and is prescribed in the Planning Regulation 2017.

SDAP is structured in the following way:

  • Policy context
  • Using the state codes
  • Interpretation
  • State codes 1 – 24
  • Appendix 1 – Development requiring assessment under the Planning Regulation 2017
  • Appendix 2 – FastTrack5 qualifying criteria (five checklists).

When submitting a development application to the SARA, the applicant is required to demonstrate how the application complies with the applicable state code(s) in SDAP.

Appendix 1 of SDAP includes two tables that provide assistance to applicants to determine which state codes they may need to address as part of their development application.

SDAP is updated from time-to-time to reflect legislative and policy changes. A summary of the changes made as part of each version is also available.

The table below outlines the versions of SDAP made by the chief executive and given effect through an amendment to the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 or the Planning Regulation 2017. Please note that new versions of SDAP are typically published for information purposes two weeks prior to their commencement.

SDAP version Date of publication Date of commencement
SDAP version 2.1 1 August 2017 11 August 2017
SDAP version 2.0 26 May 2017 3 July 2017
SDAP version 1.10 28 November 2016 5 December 2016
SDAP version 1.9 11 July 2016 22 July 2016
SDAP version 1.8 8 April 2016 22 April 2016
SDAP version 1.7 2 November 2015 23 November 2015
SDAP version 1.6 6 July 2015 6 July 2015
SDAP version 1.5 10 October 2014 27 October 2014
SDAP version 1.4 20 June 2014 4 July 2014
SDAP version 1.3 (PDF icon 2.83 MB) 9 May 2014 16 May 2014
SDAP version 1.2 (PDF icon 2.28 MB) 11 April 2014 28 April 2014
SDAP version 1.1 (PDF icon 2.23 MB) 22 November 2013 2 December 2013
SDAP (PDF icon 4 MB) 20 June 2013 1 July 2013

State code response templates are available for applicants:

Should you require copies of code response templates from a previous version of SDAP, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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On 3 July 2017, Queensland started operating under new planning legislation – the Planning Act 2016. Information on this page relates to the previous legislation – the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. Learn more about the new planning system.

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The State Development Assessment Provisions (SDAP) were recently reviewed. View the revised SDAP