Town Planning

Town planning (or land use planning) is one of the most important mechanisms available to local government in achieving important social, cultural and environment management goals. It is about making living and working environments safe, healthy, efficient and aesthetically pleasing through the arrangement of land uses. Town planning also provides certainty for people by outlining to them what can be expected to occur in their local communities.


Western Downs Planning Scheme

The Western Downs Planning Scheme has been prepared in accordance with the Planning Act, 2016. It sets out Council’s intention for the future development in the planning scheme area over the next 15 years.

View the Western Downs Planning Scheme…


Superseded Planning Schemes

The previous Councils that amalgamated to form Western Downs Regional Council used a number of planning documents to guide the development of the community.

Access Council’s superseded planning schemes…


Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution No. 6 2015

Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolute No. 6 2015 (5,357KB)

Map 1 Priority Infrastructure Areas (6,400KB)
Map 2 Charge Areas (8,065KB)
Map 3 Trunk Infrastructure Water (3,610KB)
Map 4 Trunk Infrastructure Sewerage (3,747KB)
Map 5 Trunk Infrastructure Parks and Community (4,784KB)
Map 6 Trunk Infrastructure Footpaths (3,735KB)
Map 7 Trunk Infrastructure Drainage (4,181KB)
Map 8 Trunk Infrastructure Transport (3,914KB)


Planning Schedules

Name Size
Schedule 01 Division 2 – Roads Car Parking Chinchilla Murilla Taroom Wambo 93.06 KB
Schedule 04 – Car Parking Spaces – Dalby Planning Scheme 81.22 KB
Schedule 07 – Roads Hierarchy for ROL Code – Dalby Planning Scheme 60.81 KB
Schedule 15 – Headworks Contribution – Dalby Planning Scheme 54.75 KB


Codes for Assessment Templates

Chinchilla Codes

Name Size
01 Rural Zone Code 225.38 KB
02 Rural Residential Zone Code 224.88 KB
03 Small Town Zone Code 190.17 KB
04 Urban Zone Code 194.07 KB
05 Commercial Zone Code 173.71 KB
06 Industrial Zone Code 164.18 KB
07 Mixed Use Zone Code 188.85 KB
08 Open Space and Recreational Zone Code 181.57 KB
09 Reconfiguring a Lot Code 135.98 KB

Dalby Codes

Name Size
01 Town Zone Code – Town Centre Precinct Template 105.75 KB
02 Reconfiguring a Lot – Code Template 94.95 KB
03 Rural Zone Code – General Developement Template 95.79 KB
04 Rural Zone Code – Open Space Precinct Template 59.01 KB
05 Rural Zone Code – Specific Land Uses – Host Home Ac 61.42 KB
06 Town Zone Code – General – For All Development 132.71 KB
07 Town Zone Code – Commerce and Trade Precinct and O 108.29 KB
08 Town Zone Code – Industry and Light Industry Preci 101.04 KB
11 Town Zone Code – Specific Land Uses Template 88.72 KB

Murilla Codes

Name Size
02 Small Town Zone Code 193.70 KB
03 Urban Zone Code 198.65 KB
04 Commercial Zone Code 171.65 KB
05 Industrial Zone Code 164.82 KB
06 Mixed Use Zone Code 189.35 KB
07 Open Space and Recreational Zone Code 201.69 KB
08 Reconfiguring a Lot Code 140.13 KB

Tara Codes

Name Size
02 Caravan Park Code 90.09 KB
03 Commercial Development Code 76.26 KB
04 Community Facilities Code 67.87 KB
05 Extractive Industry Code 110.19 KB
06 Filling and Excavation Code 97.77 KB
07 Home Based Occupation Code 76.56 KB
08 Host Home Accommodation Code 71.19 KB
09 House Code 112.83 KB
10 Industrial Development Code 105.96 KB
11 Infrastructure Parking Servicing and Waste Water C 122.22 KB
12 Intensive Animal Industry Code 104.15 KB
13 Multi-unit Dwelling and Motel Code 110.60 KB
14 Reconfiguring a Lot Code 142.86 KB
15 Rural Worker Accommodation Units Code 71.16 KB
16 Rural Zone and Rural Residential Zone Development 139.37 KB
17 Telecommunication Tower Code 67.25 KB
18 Temporary Residential Accommodation Code 69.96 KB

Taroom Codes

Name Size
01 Rural Zone Code 224.10 KB
02 Rural Residential Zone Code 215.86 KB
03 Small Town Zone Code 186.75 KB
04 Urban Zone Code 190.38 KB
05 Commercial Zone Code 167.27 KB
06 Industrial Zone Code 161.22 KB
07 Open Space and Recreational Zone Code 195.00 KB
08 Reconfiguring a Lot Code 133.59 KB

Wambo Codes

Name Size
01 Urban Zone Code 171.68 KB
02 Bunya Mountains Zone Code 193.49 KB
03 Commercial Zone Code 169.11 KB
04 Industrial Zone Code 153.36 KB
05 Mixed Use Zone Code 173.62 KB
06 Open Space and Recreational Zone Code 183.76 KB
07 Reconfiguring a Lot Code 141.60 KB
08 Rural Residential Zone Code 200.01 KB
09 Rural Zone Code 217.96 KB
10 Small Town Zone Code 173.29 KB


Gravel Pits and Extractive Industries

Gravel extraction activities require town planning approval and operations exceeding 5,000 tonne per year also require approval under the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

Council has prepared a Gravel Supply Information Sheet for landholders interested in supplying gravel from their properties to Council, industry and commercial Users.

Gravel Supply Information Fact Sheet


External Links

Electronic Application Lodgement Service

The smart eDA online application preparation, lodgement and assessment service is an option for making development applications with Western Downs Regional Council. Council also accepts hard copy applications.

Details on Development Assessment

Fact Sheets - Department of Housing and Public Works

Building and sustainable housing fact sheets

Plumbing and drainers fact sheets