Steffan Harries

City of Ipswich

Learn how to research your property in Ipswich with our helpful guides!

The Ipswich City Council serves as the governing body for the City of Ipswich, which is not only Queensland’s oldest provincial city but also ranks among Australia’s rapidly expanding and dynamic regions.

How to use

Ipswich City Council Interactive Mapping

Currently the Ipswich Planning Scheme is in transition to the new version. Until this is fully adopted the best mapping system to search your property is here: We note however that in this transition period, it is always best to check both maps. You can find the new mapping here:

Steffan Harries takes you through, step by step on how to research your property on the current mapping system below:

Step 1:

Your First step is to find the property on the map:

Click the Type here to start searching writing in red and enter the address. It should provide suggestions as you type the address and often you won’t need to completely type it before if filters through. Should your address not come up, perhaps check google maps to confirm whether there is another street frontage for the site as the address on Council’s records can sometimes be different.

Once you enter your property, it should load up with the parcel shown in light blue, with the relevant zoning and overlay information.

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city of ipswich interactive mapping

Step 2:

Your second step is to turn on and off the relevant zoning and overlay information to understand the extent of impacts.

On the left panel you can expand it and select and de-select the check boxes of the overlays as you need to see their impacts.

For example, in the image to the left, we’ve turned on the Flooding overlay.

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Need some assistance researching a property in the Ipswich region? We have an office in the middle of town!

How to use Developmenti in Ipswich

Development.i is an online resource primarily focused on showcasing Development Application history, offering a level of detail akin to our interactive mapping platform. It took over from the now-retired ‘PDOnline’ system in early 2023. When it comes to accessing approval history in Ipswich, Development.i is the sole platform for convenient access. However, it’s important to acknowledge that not all applications are available in the system. Therefore, we recommend reaching out to the Council for further assistance.

To gain insights into researching the approval history of a property or the surrounding street using Development.i, please refer to the instructions below.

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To access Development.i, visit and, if required, accept the terms and conditions.

At this point, you have three options for searching for applications:

  1. Location Search: This involves entering the address of a property, a suburb, or the Lot & Plan number.

  2. Specific Application Reference: If you possess an MCU/ROL number (e.g., MCU/23/1234), you can directly search for that particular application.

  3. Map-Based Search: You can also perform a search on the map by configuring parameters and navigating the mapping interface.

If you’re not seeking information about a specific site but are interested in reviewing all development applications submitted or decided upon in the last 7 days, you can do so by scrolling down the page.

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City of Ipswich application history

Start searching

You can now effortlessly search for the approval history of a particular subject site in Ipswich, along with access to all documents related to any development applications associated with it.

By doing so, you can delve into the details of what received approval and gain insights into any challenges or issues that arose during the assessment process. If you are contemplating a similar style of development in the same area, this information can serve as a valuable indication of potential challenges you might encounter in your own project.

Explore and set notifications

Utilising the toolbar located at the top of the map, you have the capability to search for approvals in the surrounding areas. Additionally, you can apply filters based on criteria such as approval date, development type, and approval status. This feature proves to be incredibly useful when conducting research on a specific development.

Moreover, the Developmenti system allows you to establish notifications, ensuring you stay informed about updates related to active development applications. This functionality serves as a valuable tool for monitoring not only your own applications but also those of others in a timely and efficient manner.

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Ipswich Planning Scheme 2006

The current version of the Ipswich Planning Scheme can be found via the following link:

Unfortunately, it is just a series of pdf’s and not very interactive. This scheme was also written under the Integrated Planning Act so is a very different layout than rest of the planning schemes in Queensland. We always recommend talking to a town planning consultant when reviewing a planning scheme. Reach out to one of our town planners to help!

how to use ipswich planning scheme

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How to research flooding

Currently Ipswich City Council provides historical mapping for the flooding throughout the area. The link to this mapping is below. The search and functionality of this mapping is similar to the Interactive Mapping. Please follow the same steps.

flood research ipswich

Finding Services and Infrastructure

Currently there is no interactive way to find stormwater infrastructure from Ipswich City Council. The best option for this is to do a dial before you dig search. This service is free of charge, however you do need to create an account. This can be done here:

The dial before you dig search will also provide information around other infrastructure that might run through the property. 

dial before you dig stormwater

Sewer and Water in Ipswich

Fortunately, in terms of sewer and water, Urban Utilities provide online mapping for the City of Ipswich via the following link which allows you to search your property and view the UU infrastructure near on on your property:

Looking for more assistance? Get in touch with one of our town planners from our Ipswich office!

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Have an enquiry?

The best and fastest way to make an enquiry is to submit our online form here.

Still prefer to call? 

A member of our admin team will be happy to take down your details and send them to a planner for assessment. Call us on 33170042.

Please have the details of your enquiry ready.

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