Building Works and Council Building Certifier

Building Works in Queensland is regulated by the Building Act 1975 and the Planning Act 2016 with assessments made against the National Construction Code and the relevant Australian Standards. Upon lodgement and approval of a Development Application, the works are then to be carried out by a qualified builder and certified by a Building Certifier. For more information on preparing and lodging your Development Application, the following is provided for commonly lodged applications:

 

Inspections

Upon the approval, mandatory inspections must be carried out by a Building Certifier to ensure that the Building Works are undertaken in accordance with the approved plans and specifications.

Council’s Building Certifier is available between 8:30am – 4:30pm upon appointment with fees dependent upon either the type of application and/or the location of the subject site within the region.

 

Owner Builder

Where you are the owner of a property and wish to undertake Building Works at a total value more than $11,000, you will be required to obtain an Owner Builder Permit from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). For more information on obtaining an Owner Builder Permit, please click here

 

Building Near or Over Council Services

On the 1 November 2013, new laws were implemented that would affect proposed Building Works that would commence over or near sewers, water mains, stormwater drains or combined sanitary drains (relevant infrastructure).

As a result, all Building Works on or near relevant infrastructure must be assessed and deemed compliant with the Queensland Development Code (QDC) Mandatory Part 1.4 (MP 1.4) ‘Building Over or Near Relevant Infrastructure’.

 

Pool Regulation

Swimming pools (including spa pools and portable pools) are required to be registered and have a fence compliant with the pool safety standard being the Queensland Development Code (QDC_ Mandatory Part 3.4 – Swimming Pool Barriers. Generally, a swimming pool will need to be registered and fenced if:

  • The swimming pool with a depth of water being 300mm or more; or
  • The swimming pool has a volume of greater than 2,000 litres; or
  • The swimming pool has a filtration system.

As of 1 December 2010, a Pool Safety Certificate is required when selling or leasing a property with a pool. Pool Safety Certificates must be obtained from a licensed pool safety inspector. More information for pool owners, pool safety inspectors and pool safety inspector course providers is available here.

For more information in relation of any of the material above, please contact Council’s Planning and Development Department on (07) 4761 5300.