Building and Planning


A Planning Scheme is a document which sets out the controls and use of land that apply to land across the Shire. Planning Schemes, like many mandatory documents, can be complex and confusing until familiarity is gained through regular use. The scheme is used to ascertain the zoning and criteria for development proposals.


Quilpie Shire Council in partnership with the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning has prepared the new draft Quilpie Shire Council Planning Scheme. Submissions on the draft planning scheme have now closed and are currently under consideration. Click here Quilpie Shire Planning Scheme to view an electronic version of the draft planning scheme, or alternatively, hard copies are available for inspection and purchase at the council office.

You can also view the online interactive map here.

You can also download the following information sheets for assistance on how to understand key aspects of the draft planning scheme:

Flooding Information Sheet

Bushfire Information Sheet

Zoning Information Sheet

Home Based Business Information Sheet


At its Ordinary Meeting of Council held on 11 August 2015, in accordance with Section 630 of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, Council resolved to adopt its Infrastructure Charging. The resolution has effect on and from 18 August 2015 and applies to development application decisions made on or after this date.

View the Infrastructure Charging Resolution


Quilpie Shire Council has amended its Planning Scheme to take into account recent and future development in and around the town of Quilpie.

Notice of Adoption of Amendments

Quilpie Shire Planning Scheme 2006 Version 3 (V3) – Summary of Amendments

Quilpie Shire Planning Scheme 2006 Version 3 (V3)  (5.2MB)


The Priority Infrastructure Plan is incorporated within the Planning Scheme.

View the Priority Infrastructure Plan (including maps of Priority Infrastructure areas)


Unless prescribed as exempt or self assessable development under the Building Regulation 2006 a Building Development Application is required to be submitted to a Building Certifier for building work including:

  • additions
  • demolitions
  • outbuildings
  • repair work
  • moving or demolishing a building
  • swimming pools
  • units
  • retaining walls over 1m in height
  • underpinning
  • change of classification
  • tenancy fit-outs; and
  • commercial buildings

To check if the building work is assessable development please contact the Building and Environmental Planning Officer at the Quilpie Shire Council office on (07) 4656 0500 or email us.

Guideline for use, inspection and maintenance of decks, balconies and windows released

The Department of Housing and Public Works has released a Guideline for the use, inspection and maintenance of decks, balconies and windows and can now be downloaded from their website.

The amendments come after several safety concerns reported including the 2012 Coroner’s Inquiry into the death of a young child caused by a decayed decking board, and other cases of recent deck and balcony collapses throughout Australia.

Various other changes have been made to reflect current National Construction Code requirements.

The Guideline was originally developed to help building owners and occupiers, builders and inspectors to carry out inspections on balustrades, decks and balconies in order to check the integrity and safety of these structures. Owners and managers of non-residential buildings with a deck or balcony, such as restaurants, hotels and clubs, may also find the Guideline relevant. However, industry professionals must note this document does not replace the technical standards used by the industry.