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.

Undertaking building work & online lodgement

Here we have compiled some useful information to keep in mind when undertaking building work. There can be great benefits to performing building work if the correct planning is in place from the outset of the project.

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Save time and money by submitting your development application online. Our lodgement team will email you to confirm receipt of your application within two working days. This is a lodgement service only and acceptance of this application does not constitute a properly made application. Council officers will contact you in due course to advise whether the application is properly made. A properly made application requires: IDAS/relevant application form/s the relevant fee (see our Pl ...
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If you wish to perform (or coordinate) domestic building work on your property for a single project of a value of more than $11,000 you must obtain an owner-builder permit from the QBCC (Queensland Building and Construction Commission) and display the permit details in a prominent position on the building site (typically the front fence). This is a requirement under the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991. ...
It is desirable for buildings to be clear of council’s infrastructure (sewer and inter-allotment drainage). If the proposed building is over or near infrastructure you may be asked to: Submit an application to council for determination Make special provisions for the base and footings Relocate the structure. Related form Building over or near water, sewer or stormwater services form (online)   It is desirable for buildings to be clear of council’s infrastructure (sewer and in ...
Only a licensed contractor should remove or break materials that could possibly contain asbestos fibres. If you suspect an area has asbestos dust, do not disturb it. Contact a licensed contractor: they are listed in the Yellow Pages under 'asbestos removal and services'. ...
The insurance cover taken by the licensed builder may assist consumers in cases where: The builder becomes bankrupt and goes into liquidation The builder fails to complete the building work for reasons that are not the consumers fault The builder fails to rectify defective work The building suffers from the effects of subsidence or settlement. ...
The building contractor has statutory and contractual obligations regarding the building approval and inspection process, however the homeowner is ultimately responsible for ensuring a building approval has been issued and that any mandatory inspections are carried out. Some builders offer a complete design, approval and construction package. ...
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