Ipswich Planning Scheme

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The 2006 Consolidated Ipswich Planning Scheme covers the entire local government area. In most instances it includes roads and watercourses. The Planning Scheme was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the repealed Integrated Planning Act 1997 (IPA) and the Department of Local Government and Planning guidelines and scheme template.

Council adopted the Consolidated Planning Scheme (including all amendments to the 2004 Ipswich Planning Scheme) on 14 December 2005, and took effect (ie commencement date) on 23 January 2006. 

The Planning Scheme divides the Ipswich Local Government Area into 8 localities-

  • Urban Areas

  • City Centre

  • Regionally Significant Business Enterprise and Industry Areas

  • Amberley

  • Rosewood

  • Township Areas

  • Rural Areas, and

  • Springfield.

Each locality is further divided into Zones and in some cases, Sub Areas and Precincts. The planning scheme also provides a secondary organisational layer called Overlays, which are based on special attributes of land that need to be protected, or that may constrain development. There are two types of overlays - character places overlays and development constraints overlays.

The Planning Scheme uses the concepts of Overall Outcomes, Specific Outcomes, Probable Solutions and Acceptable Solutions for a zone, overlay or code.

Overall Outcomes are essentially the overall purpose or intent statements. Specific Outcomes are the more detailed performance objectives.

Probable Solutions represent one way of achieving a specific outcome and may be either increased or decreased by the Local Government depending on the individual circumstances of the proposal.

Acceptable Solutions apply only to self-assessable development and represent a precise measure for compliance.

In addition to the zoning of a property, it is also imperative to refer to the overlay maps and associated overlay codes (see Part 11) in the planning scheme as these may change the relevant assessment category of development compared to the underlying zone, or provide additional information.

Also, in addition to the overlays affecting a property, it is also imperative to refer to the zoning maps and associated zone codes in the planning scheme as these may change the relevant assessment category of development, or provide additional information.

In addition to the above, the following supporting information is also provided:

  • Implementation Guidelines

  • User Guides and Assessment Checklist

  • Fact Sheets

Purchase or View the Planning Scheme

The Ipswich Planning Scheme is available to view at the Ipswich City Council Administration Building, Planning and Development Customer Service counter, 45 Roderick Street, Ipswich as well as at all Council libraries and the mobile library service.

The Ipswich Planning Scheme is also available for purchase. The fees payable with respect to Ipswich Planning Scheme are detailed in Council's schedule of Fees and Charges.

The Ipswich Planning Scheme mapping is available to be viewed in electronic format from PD Online.

Planning Scheme Attachments

Ipswich Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.2) 2015

On 30 June 2015, Ipswich City Council resolved to adopt the Ipswich Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.2) 2015, which came into force and effect on and from 1 July 2015.

The purpose of the Ipswich Adopted Charges Resolution (No.2) 2015 is to state:

  • the adopted charges for providing the local government trunk infrastructure networks;
  • the levied charges to be levied by the local government for development for the demand placed on the local government trunk infrastructure networks; and
  • matters relevant to the working out of an offset and refund for a trunk infrastructure contribution for the local government trunk infrastructure networks for development.

View Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.2) 2015 document  (PDF, 2.6 MB)

The Ipswich Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.2) 2015 replaced the Ipswich Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.1) 2015. To view the previous Ipswich Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolutions, click on the links below.

Further Information

To obtain further information in relation to the Ipswich Planning Scheme please contact the Planning and Development Department on telephone (07) 3810 6888.