The draft Ipswich Plan 2024 was on public display from 15 May to 16 July 2023.

Council will now review and consider each submission received from the community and prepare a report on the consultation.

The plan may be revised as a result of items raised in submissions and changed circumstances such as drafting errors or new or changed planning circumstances or information.

The plan will be sent to the state government for its final review with a request to approve the Ipswich Plan 2024 as the new planning scheme for the City of Ipswich, replacing the current 2006 Ipswich Planning Scheme.

We hope that the Ipswich Plan 2024 will be in effect in early 2024 depending on state government and Council approval.


What does a planning scheme do?

Planning scheme's help shape our neighbourhoods, towns and cities. The new planning scheme aims to identify what areas to protect, what areas to build on, where we can set up businesses or go shopping, what services are needed for a thriving community, types of housing for people to live in and transport options to move around the city.

Planning scheme themes
The new planning scheme for Ipswich will set out the future vision for our council area over the next 20 years by considering the following themes.
  • Great places

    Create great places by strengthening our communities and protecting what we love about Ipswich - our lifestyle, our activity centres, and our rural areas.

  • Infrastructure

    Plan for the right Infrastructure to support our people, the economy and jobs, such as transport, open space, parks and community facilities.

  • Housing

    Facilitate housing choices for where and how we live.

  • Resilient communities

    Strengthen the resilience of our communities to the changing climate, natural hazards such as flood and bushfires and human-made constraints such as former mining and pipelines.

  • Open space and environment

    Conserve our natural environment, open and green spaces, natural resources and heritage.

  • Transport and movement

    Keep us connected through transport and movement.

  • Economy and employment

    Support the growth of our economic development and jobs.

  • Heritage and cultural values

    Protect the things we value, such as our heritage and cultural values.

How to Read the Planning Scheme

Click on the icons to read about the key parts of the draft planning scheme and how they might impact you.

Outline map of the Ipswich local government area

How to find the zoning and overlays affecting a property

Step 1 View the draft planning scheme online or contact us via the contact details at the bottom of this page to get a copy of the full document. Please note that this version of the draft plan may be revised following submissions from community and updates due to changed planning circumstances.
Step 2Navigate through the different parts of the scheme on the left-hand side search bar.
Step 3Do a search on a property address to get a ‘Property Report’. The report will illustrate the draft planning scheme zoning and overlays affecting a property. Once you have searched the address, click on "View Property Report (PDF) to download the report.

Searching a property and downloading a property report

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If you have any questions or want to talk to us about the planning scheme, contact us below:

Name Planning Team
Phone (07) 3810 6666
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Planning Scheme
Ipswich City Council
PO Box 191
Ipswich QLD 4305