Building approvals, inspections & certification

Throughout the region there are different types of approvals required depending on the project. Some projects are self-assessable while others are exempt and need no approvals. Other types of projects need development approval or building approval.

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Council’s building certification team is available to assist with building relating enquiries and lodgement of development applications for building work. Our team is based in Toowoomba however issue development approvals for building work throughout the region. They also handle jobs across other local government areas in Queensland. A 'Duty Building Certifier' is available in the Toowoomba Customer Service Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays or otherwise by appointment during office hours. ...
Sometimes work may have been constructed without the necessary approvals and in order to validate the work for the purposes of selling the property or lodging an additional application, a building work approval has to be obtained retrospectively. In this situation, the process becomes much more complicated. ...
The Building Code of Australia is a compilation of a uniform set of technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings and other structures throughout Australia.  It is produced and maintained by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) www.abcb.gov.au on behalf of the Australian Government and each state and territory government. Volume 1 pertains to Class 2-9 Buildings and Volume 2 pertains to Class 1 and 10 buildings. ...
When a building permit is given, a condition of approval will be that certain mandatory inspections must be carried out. Once the building work reaches a stage where the work can be inspected, the builder must give the Building Certifier/Private Certifier a notice in writing or by other means, advising that building work has been carried out to a stage when an inspection can take place. ...
Landscape work forms an integral component of most new development by enhancing and protecting the character and function of the site and surrounding area. Council advocates an integrated design approach which considers the required landscape outcomes as part of the overall site design. This approach ensures that landscape works satisfy the provisions of the Planning Scheme, Planning Scheme Policies and the Landscape Code. There are two methods by which Council may ...
An application for a Building Siting Discretion is a request made to Council to allow a building or structure to be sited closer to a boundary line than allowed by the acceptable solutions of Mandatory Parts 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 of the Queensland Development Code (QDC). ...
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