Land Use Planning

The purpose of a planning scheme is to assist implementation of the resource management and planning system of Tasmania by translating applicable State, regional and local strategies and policies into enforceable rules for how land is to be used and developed within individual municipal districts.

The Burnie Interim Planning Scheme 2013 assigns all land within the municipal district into one of 17 zones for establishing the purpose for how land may be used or developed into the future.  

Zones applied under the Burnie Interim Planning Scheme are for the following use categories -

  • residential – assign land for housing in many forms and include support and service activity in suburban, rural and natural settings
  • community purposes – assign land for major health, education, community, cultural, sports and recreation purposes
  • business – assign land for retail, business, refreshment, entertainment, civic, cultural, visitor and residential purposes
  • industrial – assign land for manufacturing, processing, storage, transport and service activities
  • rural – assign land for primary industry, including agriculture, forestry and mining, and for activities that rely on a rural location for operation, including for utilities, recreation and tourism
  • open space and conservation – assign land with recognised aesthetic, cultural, ecological, or scientific value or if exposed to significant natural hazard, including statutory reserves and areas of urban open space
  • utilities and transport- assign land for major utility and transport purpose, including for highways, railways, ports, airport and energy and water facilities

The intention of a planning scheme is to deliver an acceptable standard of outcome for use and development in terms of the suitability of land and the likely impact for natural systems, infrastructure, cultural values and adjacent land use from an environmental, social and economic perspective.

Whether the permit and assessment requirements of the Burnie Interim Planning Scheme 2013 apply for each proposed use or development will dependent on likely complexity and impact.

A permit is generally not required for minor or low impact use that is in conformity to purpose of the zone in which the land is located, and which complies with specific standards.

A permit is required if the scale or nature of the use or development is complex or creates need for specialist assessment of land suitability or likely impact.

A permit may be discretionary if the proposed use is not always in conformity to purpose of the zone or if the likely impact cannot be known with certainty.  Discretionary permits are notified, and the community is provided with opportunity to comment on the aspects to which discretion applies.

Use or development that is offensive to purpose of a zone, or that cannot reach an acceptable standard of impact, is prohibited.

Conditions may be included on a permit to establish certainty for how the use or development is to be undertaken or conducted.

Any person who is dissatisfied with a decision of the Council on a permit application may appeal to the Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal.

Further information

The Council's Land & Environmental Services Department will be pleased to answer any query and provide advice on how Burnie Interim Planning Scheme 2013 applies for individual sites or for specific use or development.

The Department can be contacted during office hours at the City Offices where copies of the planning scheme may be inspected.

Although an appointment is not necessary, it is advisable to arrange a time by telephoning 6430 5700to ensure a planning officer is available.

Please keep in mind that the above advice is for general guidance only. If you have any specific questions or need to establish whether you require a planning permit, please contact the Planning Department, Burnie City Council, PO Box 973, Burnie 7320 or telephone 6430 5700.