image of a structure frame for a building

Pre-lodgement discussions

By talking to us early in the planning process, we can assist you with the project design and provide important information up front. If you would like to speak with a Town Planner, you can either:

Planning applications can be lodged online via eServices, via email to, via post or in person. 



Planning controls the use and development of land. 

The Launceston Interim Planning Scheme 2015 came into effect in April 2015 and sets out the rules for the management of use and development in our municipality.

Planning Scheme maps can be accessed here. You can conduct your own My Planning Enquiry for a particular use or development on any property which will provide you the zone and codes standards which may apply. 

Please note: Some codes in the  Launceston Interim  Planning Scheme 2015 are not identified by maps but may still be relevant to a use or development e.g. Car Parking and Sustainable Transport Code, Environmental Impacts and Attenuation Code, Bushfire Prone Areas Code, Potentially Contaminated Land Code etc. 

What you can do with your land

Every property has a zone and unique use and development controls. 

Each zone has a use table and use/development standards that must be considered to determine the particular status of an application. Please see Launceston Interim Planning Scheme 2015 Part B Section 8 for more detail. 

All use and development of land must be classified within a defined "use class" in the Planning Scheme. Depending on the zone, different uses are either allowable or prohibited. There are four categories that a 'use' can fall into in each zone - No Permit Required, Permitted, Discretionary or Prohibited. 

Where development is proposed, an applicable acceptable solution must be met to maintain the status of the use.  If the acceptable solution is not met, the development must meet the performance criteria so as not to be prohibited - for example, a Permitted use may become Discretionary. An acceptable solution is measurable and quantitative whereas the performance criteria is more subjective and qualitative.

To find out how your land is zoned visit Planning Scheme Maps or My Planning Enquiry.

The difference between planning and building

Planning is the process of making decisions to guide future action.

The planning profession is concerned with shaping cities, towns and regions by managing development, infrastructure and services for the community.

Planning deals with the use of land, the type of development proposed, in what location and the potential impacts.

Building (including plumbing, environmental health requirements and engineering standards) controls how the development will be constructed ensuring that it meets the relevant building legislation, codes and regulations.


To read more about the Launceston Residential and Industrial strategies, visit Strategies and Reports. The City of Launceston Heritage Study can be found online here.