Building & renovating projects

Building & renovation projects can include new homes or extensions, built structures, landscaping, fences, pools and more. Here you will find helpful information on the most common of these projects. This information will help you consider the requirements of this type of work as well as the effect it may have on you, your neighbours and the environment.

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The specific requirements for the building work will depend on the size and nature of the work, however generally the following will need to be undertaken: 1) Talk to a builder/designer about any restrictions or construction requirements that may be appropriate ...
Man painting house
Thanks to reality television, people can be forgiven for thinking home renovation is a simple, quick and painless process. But the reality of home renovation can be hard work, sweat and tears and sometimes a long process. As exciting as ...
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 ...
Buildings are to be clear of Council's infrastructure (sewer, inter-allotment drainage and water mains). If the proposed building is over or near infrastructure you may be asked to: Submit an application to Council for determination (use the 'Building over or near ...
A removal building is: the removal and/or demolition of a building or structure, whether for rebuilding at another site or not. the rebuilding of a building or structure relocated from another site. relocating and rebuilding of a building within the same property. Removal buildings ...
Depending on the proposed development, a fence and/or retaining wall can be sited: on the common boundary. within your property boundary. in accordance with a planning approval. in accordance with a siting discretion approval when the height of the structure/s exceeds 2 metres in ...
Driveway The driveway for a house, dual occupancy, bed & breakfast establishment or home-based business is generally self-assessable. An operational works permit is not required for carrying out works if the following has been met: A relevant standard drawing (see link in 'Related documents')  An ...
There are a number of considerations to explore before building or erecting a swimming pool, spa or wading pool. The Building Act 1975 defines a swimming pool as an excavation or structure: Capable of being filled with water to a depth ...
Building or using additional structures around your property can provide space, storage, access and added value to your property. Following the guidelines below will assist you to keep your neighbours happy and allow you to meet all the necessary requirements. + - Building ...
A water meter is a device that records the amount of water being used on your property. The meter known as the "primary" meter is situated at the property boundary. ...
An application for nomination of road frontage is a request to have the major street on a corner block identified for construction purposes. The prescribed relaxation, pending on the width of corner sites applies to the major street under the ...
The purpose of the following guideline is to outline and explain the procedures for private certifiers to electronically submit all building approval documents. Benefits of electronic submission It is cheaper to submit privately certified building approval documents electronically rather than by hardcopy as ...
When a building approval is required A building approval is required for rainwater tanks where: the diameter of the rainwater tank exceeds 3.5m; or the overall height exceeds 2.4m; or the base is greater than 5m in length; or a supporting structure (i.e. tank stand) ...
Greywater is domestic waste water generated from showers, baths, spas, wash basins and laundries which can be diverted for use on lawns and gardens. Toilet waste and kitchen sink greywater is excluded from being used in sewered areas as it ...
A large number of properties in the Toowoomba Regional Council area are not connected to a reticulated sewerage system. The treatment and disposal of all wastewater generated on these properties must be undertaken by an on-site sewerage facility.   On-site sewerage facility ...
Stormwater is rainwater that runs off surfaces such as lawns, roads, roofs, car parks and natural ground surfaces. Water that is unable to enter the underground drainage system will find its natural way to the nearest watercourse via overflow paths. These ...
Backflow occurs because a condition exists in a water supply system that will cause back-siphonage or back-pressure. Back-siphonage can occur on a property through a vacuum created in the water supply system. An example of back-siphonage would be a pipeline breakage, ...
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 ...
An advertising device (a sign) means a structure or device, which is visible from a road or other public place, which conveys information or directions of any kind. Subordinate Local Law 1.4 (Installation of Advertising Devices) 2011 regulates the installation of ...
  The purpose and applicability of this information sheet is to: Ensure that development in any area of potential instability or landslide has proper regard to factors affecting land stability (e.g. land in Council’s opinion that may be subject to land instability); Provide ...
Council does not operate the Dial Before You Dig service. Dial Before You Dig is a free national community service designed to prevent damage and disruption to the vast pipe and cable networks which provides Australia with the essential services we ...
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