Council have prepared a range of information sheets based on common queries from the community.
Strategic intent of the Townsville City Plan
Townsville City Plan user guide (PDF 1.0 MB)
Explains the purpose, main uses and structure of the Townsville City Plan.
Understanding the Townsville City Plan (PDF 675.1 KB)
A brief history of the Townsville City Plan, with an explanation of the purpose of planning schemes.
Strategic overview (PDF 1.8 MB)
Gives an overview of the key aims and strategies of the Townsville City Plan.
Development codes (PDF 527.3 KB)
Explains the intent of Development Codes, the codes in the Townsville City Plan which deal with specific types of developments and activities.
Parking (PDF 533.6 KB)
Explains the intent of the Parking Rates planning scheme policy within the Townsville City Plan.
Townsville's CBD (PDF 3.9 MB)
Information on the proposed land use for Townsville's CBD.
Key road corridors (PDF 657.5 KB)
Sets out plans for existing key road corridors under the Townsville City Plan.
Aitkenvale local area (PDF 2.1 MB)
Find out how the Townsville City Plan will affect the Aitkenvale local area.
Bayswater Road Medical local area (PDF 1.2 MB)
Find out how the Townsville City Plan affects the Bayswater Road and Fulham Road medical precincts.
Hyde Park local area (PDF 572.3 KB)
Find out how the Townsville City Plan will affect the Hyde Park local area.
JCU and Townsville Hospital local area (PDF 557.7 KB)
Find out how the Townsville City Plan will affect the JCU and Townsville Hospital local area.
Magnetic Island local area (PDF 689.1 KB)
Find out how the Townsville City Plan will affect the Magnetic Island local area.
North Ward local area (PDF 662.0 KB)
Find out how the Townsville City Plan will affect the North Ward local area.
Roseneath Industry Precinct local area (PDF 503.1 KB)
Find out how the Townsville City Plan will affect the Roseneath Industry Precinct local area.
Thuringowa Central local area (PDF 645.1 KB)
Find out how the Townsville City Plan will affect the Thuringowa Central local area.
Woodstock and Bohle local area (PDF 392.0 KB)
Find out how the Townsville City Plan will affect the Woodstock and Bohle local area.
Overlays (PDF 388.7 KB)
Overlays identify areas that have unique characteristics, such as a natural hazard or close proximity to an airport.
Flood hazard overlay (PDF 845.1 KB)
The flood hazard overlay ensures risk to life and property is minimised during future flood events.
Coastal environment overlay (PDF 790.3 KB)
Coastal environment overlay codes ensure development in the coastal zone complies with measures to avoid risk to people and property from coastal hazards.
Coastal Protection Overlay Practice Note 1 (PDF 386.1 KB)
An information source to assist with the interpretation and application of the Coastal protection overlay code.
Bushfire Hazards - Practice Note 2 (PDF 361.2 KB)
An information source to assist with the interpretation and application of the Bushfire Hazard Overlay Code.
Community facilities and open space zone (PDF 551.6 KB)
The community facilities and open space zones represent a diverse range of land uses, which are in private and public ownership.
Industrial zone (PDF 408.8 KB)
Industrial zones are areas of Townsville that have an existing relationship with industry.
Residential zone (PDF 473.2 KB)
Residential zones outline where different types of housing can occur in Townsville.
Rural residential zone (PDF 474.4 KB)
The rural residential zone is to provide for residential development on large lots where the intensity of residential development is dispersed.
Rural zone (PDF 402.3 KB)
The rural zone is to protect Townsville's most productive land and preserve its rural character.
Character residential zone (PDF 706.8 KB)
The character residential zone identifies and defines parts of the city with a unique mixture of architecture and overall streetscape.
Centre and mixed use zone (PDF 537.3 KB)
A range of development is promoted in centre and mixed use zones to encourage multi-functional and high density activity centres.
Heritage and character housing guide (PDF 2.6 MB)
If you own or are renovating a traditional Townsville house, this guide provides information to help you retain its character and heritage.
Heritage Exemption Certificates Info sheet (PDF 644.3 KB)
Local exemption certificates are a way for owners of heritage listed properties to commence building work without development approval from council, depending on what the development proposes.
Nominating a local heritage place (PDF 622.5 KB)
Places in Townsville that have been identified as having cultural significance are contained within Schedule 7 Places of Cultural Heritage Value. You can apply to have a place added to Schedule 7.
Removing a place from the local heritage register (PDF 615.9 KB)
Places in Townsville that have been identified as having cultural heritage significance are contained within Schedule 7 Places of Cultural Heritage Value of the Townsville City Plan.
Find out what a local government infrastructure plan is, and why we need trunk infrastructure to build a city.
An introduction and walk-through of the LGIP and where it sits in the Townsville City Plan.
Development may involve non-trunk infrastructure, necessary trunk infrastructure and/or additional trunk infrastructure costs.
Building and renovating
Building FAQs (PDF 605.7 KB)
Find out if you need a building permit, how to obtain plumbing and drainage plans and other building information before you begin work.
The development assessment process (PDF 627.9 KB)
Once a development application has been lodged to council, a legislatively required assessment process must be undertaken before a decision can be made.
Pre-lodgment meetings (PDF 620.9 KB)
Find out the advantages to booking a pre-lodgement meeting, and the different types of meeting available to discuss a proposed development.
Townsville online lodgement system (TOLS) (PDF 55.1 KB)
How to register and use TOLS to lodge development applications electronically.
Development Applications for Community Uses (PDF 395.4 KB)
A guideline for applying an application fee discount if your development application has uses that provide a community service.
Planning and development certificates (PDF 607.8 KB)
Planning and development certificates provide comprehensive information about a premises. There are three levels of certificate you can request.
Requirements for work zones, scaffolding and gantries (PDF 221.7 KB)
Before beginning work, it is important to understand Council's requirements for work zones.
Existing building applications usually prior to 2009 (PDF 608.5 KB)
Existing building applications were approved prior to 2009 and affect pre-amalgamation Townsville and Thuringowa Council applications.
Driveways and other works in the road (PDF 600.2 KB)
Building and other works in the road reserve, including driveways, must be approved by Council before work commences.
Plumbing and drainage
Plumbing and drainage frequently asked questions (PDF 706.2 KB)
Find out what plumbing or drainage work requires Council approval, and the types of plumbing work categorised by Queensland legislation.
Backflow prevention devices (PDF 584.6 KB)
To prevent backflow of water that may contaminate the community’s water supply, Council maintains a program for the registration, maintenance and testing of testable backflow prevention devices.
Drainage plan requirements (PDF 627.8 KB)
If your application meets certain criteria, you will need to provide a drainage plan to Council.
As constructed drainage plans (PDF 638.8 KB)
An as constructed drainage plan shows the connection point from Council's sewer system to the dwelling, and usually also connections to the kitchen, bathroom, and toilet, etc.
On-site sewerage treatment and grey water (PDF 595.7 KB)
The disposal of wastewater generated on a property that is not connected to a sewerage system network must have Council approval.
These guidelines provide information about Council's role in the approval and installation stages of an on-site sewerage facility.
Submetering of multi unit properties (PDF 95.9 KB)
Guidelines and technical information for the individual sub-metering of multi-unit residential and commercial properties.
Establishing a home-based business (PDF 92.2 KB)
If a home-based business meets a number of identified criteria, it does not require approval from council.
Large scale solar farms (PDF 619.7 KB)
Council encourages the growth of solar farms in Townsville. Find out how to select an appropriate location and prepare an application for a large scale solar farm.
Planning Act 2016
The Planning Act 2016 came into effect on 3 July 2017, replacing the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. Although most aspects of the development assessment process are similar, there are some key differences between the old and new legislation. The Queensland government webpage, “Queensland’s Planning System”, explains the new planning system.