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Council’s advice services can help you understand what supporting information you may need before you lodge your application.   

We can help you to clarify process and timeframes, advise of the relevant legislative and planning scheme requirements, and identify any specific technical issues.

Online tools and self-service information

Before you seek advice, check out our self-service options:

Which Development Advice Service suits your needs?

Council offers a range of development advice services to help customers at all stages of their planning and development journey.

Request initial advice

Chat to a Development Information OfficerPre-purchase meetingSunshine Coast Design advice meeting
book online

Request Written Advice or Pre-Assessment Services

Written Advice Pre-assessment of technical reportsPlan sealing pre-assessment service
request form

Request a meeting

Pre-lodgement meetingPersonalised case managementOperational work pre-design advice meeting
request form

Please note: These services do not provide an indication of support or otherwise for a particular development proposal. Any advice provided does not constitute approval.

In some circumstances, you may wish to change your development approval and Council may need to approve these changes before you can start your project.

Council encourages you to seek advice from Development Services to confirm any change application process and what information you need to provide.

Find out how to apply for a change to your development approval or request a generally in accordance letter.

Visual guides

Check out our poster to help you in your development and planning journey. 


Our brochure explains each development advice service, helping you achieve the best development outcomes possible.



Fees for Development Advice Services are listed in the Development Services Register of Cost Recovery Fees and Charges.

Council considers requests for refunds as per the Development Services Register of Cost Recovery Fees and Charges.