Types of approval

Throughout our region, there are different types of approvals needed for different types of projects. Some projects are self-assessable while others are exempt and need no approvals. Other projects need development approval, building approval or siting variation approval.

Fence building
Some minor building work is deemed to be self-assessable. While a building permit is not required for self-assessable development, the owner is responsible to ensure it complies with any applicable standards and codes, such as structural sufficiency, size limits, Building Codes of Australia, Queensland Development Code and Council's planning scheme. If your project is self-assessable, you do not need anything in writing from Council to commence the activity, provided you carry ...
Council officers doing building inspection
Some building work is deemed to be self-assessable and does not require a building permit. Refer to the self assessable building work article for more detailed information on self-assessable building work. All other building work requires building approval from Council. Building development applications can be lodged with a Council building certifier or a private building certifier (licensed with the Queensland Building Services Authority). Generally, applications made to Council certifier ...
Some building work is prescribed as exempt development by the Planning Act 2016 and is detailed under Building Regulation 2006, Schedule 2. Exempt building work does not require building approval. Examples of exempt development include: Building work for a class 10 building used exclusively as a greenhouse, conservatory, summerhouse, fuel shed, lawn locker, tool house, cycle shed, aviary, milking bail, hayshed, stable, fowl house, pigsty or barn or for a similar purpose, if:  ...
There are rules that set out the distances that single detached housing and other associated structures can be from front, rear and side property boundaries. Find out more about the standard requirements and how to apply for a siting discretion if necessary below. The Queensland Development Code generally sets out where and how single detached houses, associated outbuildings like sheds and attached duplexes can be located on a property – this includes ...
A building approval is required for rainwater tanks where 1 or more of the following criteria applies: The base diameter of the rainwater tank exceeds 3.56 metres; or The overall height exceeds 2.4 metres from natural ground level; or The base is greater than 5 metres in length; or A supporting structure (i.e. tank stand) is required and the overall height is over 2.4 metres; and Where the tank is mandatory under the Queensland Development ...
Certain types of projects do not need a development application, but must comply with Toowoomba Regional Council’s rules, including applicable codes. These projects are referred to as ‘accepted development’. If your project is an accepted development, you do not need anything in writing from Council to commence the activity, provided you carry out a self-assessment to make sure you comply with the relevant code. Whether a project is accepted development depends ...
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