Consultation with neighbours

It is Brisbane City Council policy that you consult with your neighbour as part of a request for a referral agency response (QDC siting variation) This ensures your neighbours are aware of any variations sought against the Queensland Development Code (QDC) in regard to proposed building works.

While there is no legislative requirement to consult with your affected neighbour, it is an opportunity to advise your neighbour/s of the proposal and to consider design solutions to address any concerns, before lodging a request with Council.

If you need contact information for the adjoining landowners, you can request their postal address by:

  • calling Council's Contact Centre on 07 3403 8888
  • purchase a current title search from Titles Queensland.

Consultation requirements

When requesting a referral agency response (QDC siting variation) for a standard assessment, you are required to consult with adjoining property owners five days prior to lodging your request with Council.

As part of your consultation, you are required to provide your neighbours with the following information:

Generally, proposed buildings at the front or rear of the property will require neighbours from all adjoining properties to be consulted.

As part of the lodgement, you will be required to provide the date you consulted with your neighbour and what information was provided to them. While this is not required for Express assessment requests, it is still recommended to consult your neighbours to consider any concerns.

Advice for neighbours

Neighbour consultation is not a mandatory legislative requirement for a request for a referral agency response (QDC siting variation). For this reason, there are no appeal rights for neighbours.

From 1 July 2022, all requests for a referral agency response (QDC siting variation) received by Council will be published to Development.i. This will provide neighbours an ability to view the proposed plans, and if the request is for a standard assessment, ability to make a comment on the proposal directly to Council. All comments received will be reviewed and considered as part of the request.

For information about using Development.i, see the following:

Last updated: 1 July 2022

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