Planning & Development

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Planning is the name given to the process that regulates the Use and Development on land and is the first step in the approvals process. The relevant Planning Scheme must be addressed 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) and modifications to the Local Provisions Schedule, after hearings were conducted in February 2022.  The Flinders LPS and the Tasmanian Planning Scheme (TPS) are now operational and must be read as one document.

The Local Provisions Schedules indicate how the State Planning Provisions (zones and codes) will apply in each local municipal area. They will contain the zone maps and overlay maps or description of places where the codes apply.

They will also contain local area objectives and any planning controls for unique places specific to the local area. These unique areas can be in the form of particular purpose zones, specific area plans, and site-specific qualifications.

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.

The Land Information System Tasmania (The List) is a valuable tool to discover more information about the property of interest, by using the Property ID number (PID) or address to locate a property then adding various layers to the map, to ascertain which zone it is in and any overlays which are applicable. For more assisstance using the List visit the youtube link here

Planning Pre-Lodgment - when you need specific advice

Council encourages you to complete a Development Enquiry Form (001 Form).
This service is offered for a fee of $90 to provide general information about a property and potential use or applicable overlays and 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. The fee can be credited towards a related planning permit application if a particular use or development is proposed.

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