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Prescribed tidal works

Tidal works carried out in, on or above land under tidal water, are assessable development under the Planning Regulation 2017. Prescribed tidal works are a subset of tidal works and are assessed as such when located completely or partly within a tidal area for a local government area and not within a tidal area for strategic port land.

Prescribed tidal works does not include:

  • tidal works within a State managed boat harbor
  • tidal works used for the operation of a port authority or port operator, or a public marine facility constructed by or for the Gold Coast Waterways Authority, Queensland Transport or a port authority or port operator
  • tidal works for creating or changing the configuration or characteristics of a navigational channel
  • tidal works for an inlet or outlet for aquaculture developments on land and is made accepted development under the local government's planning scheme or is development requiring code assessment under the Planning Act
  • tidal works approved prior to 20 October 2003.

Local government is the assessment manager for prescribed tidal works applications under the development assessment process system and assessment is against the ‘Code for assessable development that is prescribed tidal works’ in Schedule 3 of the Coastal Protection and Management Regulation 2017. The regulation, which includes a definition of prescribed tidal works, can be found on the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel website. To confirm that your application is for prescribed tidal works and for information on local government application requirements and fees please contact your local government.

Further guidance

For further guidance on making an application for prescribed tidal work, refer to the following reference material:


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Last updated
1 September 2017