Planning & Development

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Planning is the name given to the process that regulates the use and development of land and is the first step in the approvals process. A Planning Application may be required for proposals such as subdivision, building, alterations, and changes of use. 

The Tasmanian Planning Commission has issued its decision to Flinders Council, regarding the Local Provisions Schedule (LPS), after hearings were conducted in February.  This means that the Flinders LPS and the Tasmanian Planning Scheme (TPS) are now operational.  The LPS can be found here and the TPS found by clicking here and then clicking on 'State planning provisions'.

Council's planning information pack may assist you with any queries, though please feel free to email enquiries to .


When planning proposals are assessed against the relevant docuements and Tasmanian planning legislation, your development will fall into one of four classifications:

1. Exempt or No Permit Required
No Planning Permit required, an exemption certificate may be issued 

2. Permitted (requires a Planning Permit)
Planning Permit required 

3. Discretionary (includes a 14 day advertising period)
Planning Permit required 

4. Prohibited (unable to be accommodated)
Council is unable to accept a development application 

*Please note building, plumbing and other approvals may also be required and cannot be progressed without planning approvals.


Zone, Use and Development

Planning deals with the use of land, the type of development proposed, in what location (zone) and the potential impacts (codes).

The property zone, and any applicable overlays, will determine your classification and the development standards you are required to meet.  Each of the appliable development standards must be addressed in a report to Council which accompanies the development details and application forms.


Planning Pre-Lodgment - when you need specific advice

Council encourages you to complete a Development Enquiry Form (001 Form).
This is free service offered to advise if a particular use or development will require a permit and can also identify missing information that is required to complete a Planning Application.

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