Types of approval
In Brisbane, there are different types of approvals needed for different types of projects. Brisbane City Council allows some projects to be accepted development. Other projects are accepted development, subject to requirements (previously known as exempt development or self-assessable development). These do not need approvals.
Certain types of development are simply not allowed and you cannot lodge an application for these projects. Council will not assess these applications and refers to these projects as prohibited development.
Certain types of projects do not need a development application but must comply with Council's rules and applicable Codes. These projects are referred to as accepted development, subject to requirements.
Where development is identified as accepted development, a development application is not required and there is no need to comply with Codes or other requirements of the City Plan.
Development approvals determine what types of activities go where, as well as controlling and minimising the potential impacts on the surrounding properties. Council is responsible for assessing development applications and giving development approvals.
Building approvals control the safety of buildings and structures and are provided by private building certifiers. Where a building or structure does not meet specific criteria, an application for building work may need to be referred to Council for a siting variation.
You may require a siting variation (or relaxation) from a private building certifier to build within prescribed boundary setbacks. Find out if you need a siting variation and how to apply.
Council provides compliance and assessment in relation to the Building Act, Queensland Development Code, pool safety and general advice.