Development by the State applications

Development proposals by the Queensland (State) Government that involve a place on the Queensland Heritage Register are reviewed by the Queensland Heritage Council.


The department conducts a preliminary assessment of a proposal before the matter is presented to the Queensland Heritage Council. The Queensland Heritage Council considers the proposed development and if it will substantially affect the cultural heritage significance of the heritage place, a public notice inviting submissions will be required. Some kinds of development may be covered by an exemption certificate and not need to be considered by the Queensland Heritage Council.

The Queensland Heritage Council makes a recommendation to the Minister responsible for the heritage place about whether the development should proceed and any conditions that should be attached to the development. If the Queensland Heritage Council previously invited public submissions about the development, a public notice of the decision will be given before the development starts.

When considering making changes to a heritage place refer to the Guideline: Developing heritage places–Using the development criteria (PDF, 3.5 MB) to identify requirements relevant to your specific situation and help you guide and record the development decisions you make.

Application requirements

A report must be prepared by an appropriately qualified person with experience in heritage conservation and include:

  • a heritage impact statement prepared in accordance with Section 4.0 of the Guideline: State Development Assessment Provisions  (PDF, 1.9 MB) . The heritage impact statement should refer to and include as appendices the contents of any relevant reports, plans or assessments that explain or support the proposal
  • the address of the place and it’s Queensland Heritage Register number

A Conservation Management Plan (PDF, 147.4 KB) is recommended for complex projects with medium to high impact on heritage values. A copy of this plan should be provided with a report to the Queensland Heritage Council.

Current applications – Nil

Past Development by the State applications
(September 2019–2021)

  • Wilston State School (Heritage Register Number 602855)
    – demolition of pool change shed
  • Redland Bay State School (Heritage Register Number 601369)
    – remove two mango tree and replace with others
  • Queensland Cultural Centre (Heritage Register Number 602844)
    – New Performing Arts Venue
  • Brisbane Exhibition Grounds (Heritage Register Number 601709)
    – New Exhibition Stations (Cross River Rail Project)
  • Brisbane Central State School (Heritage Register Number 600312)
    – New general learning building
  • Ithaca Creek State School (Heritage Register Number 650022)
    – New general learning building