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 to your building work; ...
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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 the prospect of renovation can be, your experience and end result can be greatly enhanced by planning ahead, seeking professional advice and knowing potential problems before they surface. + - Renovation process Click to ...
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 of the Queensland Development Code (QDC).   QDC requirements - situations where a building siting discretion isn't required Generally, the acceptable solutions of the QDC require that single storey buildings are set back 1.5 metres from ...
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 water, sewer or stormwater services' online form from 'Related documents'). Engage a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland to prepare a suitable footing/slab design. Relocate the structure to comply with the Queensla ...
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 include, but are not limited to, established existing houses, buildings, manufactured transportable homes, demountable buildings and dongas, sheds, commercial buildings, houses in holding yards. If a dwelling ...
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 height. A site survey of the property by a professional land surveyor may be required for erecting fences on the boundary if no current survey pegs are evident. Who pays for retaining ...
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 crossov ...
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 of 300 millimetres or more. Capable of being used for swimming, bathing, wading, paddling or other human aquatic activities. Used, designed, manufactured or adapted for the purpose mentioned above, despite its current ...
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 shed Click to collapse Building a back-yard shed is usually a fairly straight forward process. In some cases you may not require a development approval for building work. Regardless of whether ...
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. How to apply for a water service and meter You will need to know what size connection you need for your property. Consultation with your licensed plumber or hydraulic consultant is recommended. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that ...
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 Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and Queensland Development Code MP1.1, MP 1.2 or MP 1.3. Nomination of road frontage is not a siting discretion approval which may still be required if the ...
The purpose of the following guideline is to outline and explain the procedures for private certifiers to electronically lodge all building approval documents. Reason for lodging your building application electronically It is cheaper to lodge privately certified building approval documents electronically rather than by hardcopy as a reduced document lodgement fee now applies for online lodgement. If you submit your building certification documents online, all associated documents must als ...
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) is required and the overall height is over 2.4m; and/or where the tank is associated with a new building (e.g. new dwelling/school construction) where the tank is over/near council infrastructure and on a base ...
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 is not suitable. Council approval is NOT required for: manual bucketing  connection of flexible hose to a washing machine Council approval is required for: installation of an approved* greywater diversion device or treatment plant (by ...
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 (OSSF) An on-site sewerage facility is any system that stores, treats and disposes of household wastewater on the property. Poorly sited or maintained on-site sewerage facilities can impact public health and the ...
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 overflow paths are typically roadways, public reserves, pathways and often through flow through private property. Owner’s responsibilities You must maintain the stormwater pipes, gutters, downpipes, gully pits and any other components of ...
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, undersized pipework or high withdrawal rates. Back-pressure can occur within properties when high pressure is generated downstream by pumps, thermal expansion or elevation. Examples of potential source of contamination: Fire Ho ...
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. ...
A community organisation sign is a temporary advertisement, which is displayed within the road reserve, detailing a particular event. Council considers that the primary purpose of a community organisation sign is to advertise one-off events that are for charity, religious, non-profit events and/or for events that are for the benefit of the community. Such events include, but are not limited to shows, fetes, functions, activities at the Toowoomba Showground, and ...
  The purpose and applicability of this information is to: ensure that development in any area of potential instability or landslide has proper regard to factors affecting land stability (eg. land in Council’s opinion that may be subject to land instability) provide guidance on the preparation of geotechnical reports for certain types of development provide guidance on the geotechnical certifications required for certain types and stages of development identify sites that are subje ...
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 use everyday – electricity, gas, communications and water. Please make use of the www.1100.com.au website ...
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