On 3 July 2017, the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 will be replaced by the Planning Act 2016, creating a new planning system for Queensland. This means there will be changes in some of your dealings with Council, especially when going through the development application process with Council. Visit the Queensland Government planning reform website for further information on the changes.

From this date, you will also see changes under the ‘Planning & Building’ section of Council’s website. This includes changes to the menu structure, and new content articles. All the existing content will still be available. After 3 July, if you are having any issues finding content within the new structure, please contact Council’s Technical Advice Officers on 131 872.

Fences, walls & driveways

Before changing or building fences, walls or driveways it is important to check the regulations and keep your neighbours happy as well as meet any legal requirements.

Front fence on sunset
There are considered to be two types of fences in regards to the approval process. 1) Fences exceeding 2m above natural ground are assessable and may require a siting discretion response from Council and will require a Development Approval for Building Work. 2) Fences no higher than 2m above the natural ground surface are considered self-assessable and may be constructed to the property boundary with no formal approval required from council however ...
Timber retaining wall on new block of land
Retaining walls may require council approval. Guidelines and processes are dependent on individual circumstances. Building works approval is required for retaining walls where: 1) The wall is 1m in height or greater; and/or 2) The wall is located within 1.5m of a building/structure including another retaining wall and the wall supports the structure and/or there is a surcharge loading over the zone of influence of the wall. This can be processed through a building ...
If you are going to build, repair or modify a driveway, you are most probably required to apply for approval first. This approval is termed an "operational works permit for footpath crossover". The operational works permit for footpath crossovers includes driveways and stormwater crossings within the footpath area. You can lodge an application using IDAS forms 1 and 6. The information sheet Driveway and Works in the Road Reserve INFO 013 available on ...
Footpath gardens can beautify streetscapes and these gardens may be permitted if they meet Local Law criteria. The garden bed must: Be a maximum 500mm off property boundary Need to allow for a 3m cycleway or 2.5m footpath Need to contain an annual flowering plant or groundcover Be no higher than 750mm. More information about the regulations of footpath gardens can be found in Payments, self-service & Laws > Laws & permits. ...
The driveway for a house, dual occupancy, bed & breakfast establishment or home-based business is generally self assessable and an operational works permit is not required for carrying out works if the requirements of the relevant standard drawing (see link in 'Related documents') and the acceptable outcomes of the Part 9.4.6 Transport, Access and Parking Code of the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme (link provided in 'Related documents' are met. A driveway crossover ...
This form is to be completed by the Applicant and submitted with the Development Application for building work. In providing accurate details on the following, the applicant is ensuring timely processing of the application. ...
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