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.

Council officers doing building inspection
Some building work is deemed to be self-assessable and does not require a building permit. Refer to other articles in this category for more information on what is self-assessable building work. All other building work requires building approval from Council. ...
Staff checking driveway
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. ...
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. ...
Some building work is prescribed as exempt development by the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) and is detailed under Building Regulation 2006, Schedule 2. Exempt building work does not require building approval; as such includes: ...
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. ...
A siting discretion as prescribed in the Queensland Development Code (QDC) is required in the following circumstances:  Single detached dwellings  Where the height of that part is 4.5 metres or less – 1.5 metres or Where the height of that part is greater than 4.5 metres and less than 7.5 metres – 2 metres or Where the height is greater than 7.5 metres – 2 metres plus 0.5 metres for every 3 metres or part exceeding ...
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