A zone is the tool to identify the key land use expected in an area – such as industry, residential or farming.
A zone will indicate when a permit is required to use, develop or subdivide land. It will also identify specific application requirements as well as what council will take into account when making a decision on a proposal. This includes strategy, overlays, particular provisions and general provisions.
A zone sets out land use controls in three sections:
Section 1 - Land uses that do not require a planning permit
Section 2 - Land uses that require a planning permit
Section 3 - Prohibited uses – uses than cannot occur on the land
If a use is listed in Section 2 this does not mean that a permit will be granted. The suitability of the use to the specific site must be assessed against state and local policy and any particular provision applicable.