From 3 July 2017, a new urban design trigger in schedule 10, part 18 of the Planning Regulation 2017 provides the Queensland Government with the ability to influence and advise applicants and local governments on the suitability of a significant project’s design response to ensure it contributes positively to the place and region. Development applications meeting the criteria of the trigger are referred to the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) who will seek technical advice from the OQGA.

The OQGA will review a proposal referred under the trigger based on the principles set out in State code 24: Urban design outcomes for significant projects within the State Development Assessment Provisions (SDAP) (PDF icon 7 MB). The code establishes the key principles for achieving high quality urban design outcomes and provides direction to applicants on how the key principles should be reflected in significant projects. To support the operation of the code, the department has published the Urban design outcomes for significant projects state code planning guideline (PDF icon 539 KB) and fact sheet (PDF icon 340 KB), that provides important information to assist applicants and local governments in relation to:

  • applying the referral trigger and the code
  • the process for obtaining written urban design advice from the OQGA
  • addressing the code when preparing a development application to be referred under the trigger
  • establishing a gazetted urban design review entity (by a local government) for the purpose of providing written urban design advice.

You can contact the OQGA in relation to any of the above matters on 07 345 27288 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.