Building approvals, also known as building permits, development approvals and building certifications, are required before you start most types of building and structural work
This includes, but is not limited to:
Approval is required for garden sheds, including DIY kit type, as specified in the Building Code of Australia.
You need to obtain building approval before you start construction if you are doing the building work yourself or employing the services of a licensed builder.
Building approvals can be obtained from a licensed private Building Certifier. A Private Certifier must also carry out certain inspections to determine if the building work complies with the approval.
You will need to submit various supporting information with your application. Documentation may include:
Depending on the building work proposed, you may also be asked to submit further information such as BSA insurance, soil tests and other documentation.
Boundary clearances and building setbacks are legislated under the Queensland Development Code (QDC).
If you wish to build closer to your front, side or rear boundary than the allowable minimum setbacks, you must apply to Council for a siting dispensation. The road alignment/property boundary is not the kerb line.
Planning and Development Officers from Council will assess the application and inspect the site to determine if the proposed structure can be built closer to the boundary. In some instances Council may require written consent from neighbouring landowners prior to approving the siting dispensation.
If you are thinking of doing any building, remodelling work, extensions or renovating you should contact a Private Building Certifier. The Building Certifier can provide general advice on the current requirements and fees for all types of building work to ensure you comply with relevant Local and State Laws.