Current Planning Schemes

A Planning Scheme, commonly referred to as the ‘Town Plan’ is a regulatory document that guides and determines changes to the way land, buildings and structures are used within the Local Government Area to which the Planning Scheme Applies. In the instance of the Charters Towers Regional Council Area, two Planning Schemes are currently in effect being:

          CTCC Planning Scheme July 2006               DSC Planning Scheme 14 August 2006     














Both Planning Schemes categorise land into zones and with specific assessment levels for Reconfiguration of a Lot, Material Change of Use, Building Works Assessable and Operational Works. Dependent upon the type and nature of your development, differing codes and policies of the Planning Scheme will apply. For more information on preparing and lodging your Development Application, the following is provided:


Regulated Infrastructure Charges

As Council does not have a Local Government Infrastructure Plan in effect, Council currently do not levy any infrastructure charges for developments within the Region. Where levied charges were however issued under the former Statutory Policy S0039 - Adopted Infrastructure Charges (former Charters Towers City Planning Area), a Infrastructure Charges Register is included here in accordance with Schedule 24 of the Planning Regulation 2017.


Draft Charters Towers Regional Planning Scheme

On 18 April 2018 at Council's General Meeting, Council resolved to commence the preparation of a new Regional Planning Scheme under the Planning Act 2016. The draft Regional Planning Scheme, when adopted, will provide for a single land use framework for the entire Charters Towers Region. It will consolidate and replace the Aligned Charters Towers Planning Scheme 2011 and the Aligned Planning Scheme for Dalrymple Shire 2006.

Public notification of the draft Regional Planning Scheme was undertaken between 4 April and 29 March 2019 with the comment period now closed. Council will now consider all submissions, draft any amendments and provide a formal response to each submitter once resolved by Council at a future General Meeting. Once completed, Council will then request the adoption of the Regional Planning Scheme by the Minister of the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.


Development Decisions and Exemption Certificates

The delivery of timely sustainable development outcomes is at the forefront of the Council’s Planning and Development Department. If you are interested in viewing one the most recent planning approvals for the Region, see below:

Decision Notices and Exemption Certificates

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Council's Planning and Development Department is available to provide more information in relation of any of the above - please contact them on (07) 4761 5300.