About Us

Council's Planning and Regulatory Services (PRS) Department is the lead agency in the Ipswich City Council for:

  • managing growth and development in a socially, ecologically and economically sustainable way to meet the needs of the community;
  • ensuring the health, environment and safety of the city is protected and enhanced and enhanced through the utilisation of reasonable and appropriate compliance approaches.

The department’s core activities include:

  • Preparing and implementing statutory and non-statutory plans, strategies and policies to ensure integrated and sustainable development outcomes for the City as a whole and within specific local areas
  • Undertaking spatial analysis and modelling and preparing mapping and graphics to support the work of the department and ongoing development monitoring
  • Delivering the Ipswich Heritage Program
  • Maintaining an appropriate and efficient regulatory environment for development assessment and plan signing
  • Providing planning searches and certificates
  • The Safe School Parking Program
  • Delivering an immunisation program for Schools and through Community Clinics
  • Managing the contract for cemeteries and the pound
  • Maintaining an appropriate and efficient regulatory environment for community compliance through the reasonable application of Local Laws and legislation
  • Illegal Dumping and Littering campaign
  • Eat Safe Program
  • Online ALERT Food Safety Training
  • Licences, permits and registrations for food businesses, environmental activities, commercial use of roads, cat and dog registration, events and public swimming pools
  • Structure/development approval compliance management and enforcement
  • SEAL Pool Safety Program
  • Building Certification
  • Building and Plumbing permits and inspections

The PRS Department's activities are delivered through its four (4) branches:

  • City Design
  • Compliance
  • Development Planning
  • Engineering, Health and Environment

With the support of the Business Support section.

To view the current Planning and Regulatory Services Department structure please click here.

To view the current development assessment geographical team boundaries please click here.