Neighbours and siting variations
It is Brisbane City Council policy that you consult with your neighbour as part of an application for a siting variation. This ensures your neighbours are aware of any variations sought against the Queensland Development Code (QDC) in regards to your development.
While there is no legislative requirement to consult with your affected neighbour, it is an opportunity to advise your neighbour of the proposal and to consider design solutions to address any concerns, before lodging an application with Council.
If you need contact information for the adjoining landowners, you can request a current title search from the Queensland Government.
For Full assessment requests, you are required to advise the outcome of your consultation with your neighbours as part of the request, or provide a statement on why the affected landowners could not be consulted. While this is not required for a Siting Variation Express Assessment, it is still advisable to consult your neighbours in the same way.
Give your neighbours a copy of your proposed building plans and Council’s Request for Referral Agency Response - Design and Siting Requirements - Neighbour's Comments (PDF - 68kb). Let them know what siting variation you are seeking and what boundary it relates to. Then give them enough time to review the proposal, ask questions and return the completed form to you. Include the completed form in your application.
Generally, proposed buildings at the front or rear of the property need statements from both neighbours. If Council’s assessing officer determines that your proposal will impact other neighbours, you may need further statements.
Advice for neighbours
There is no law that requires a homeowner to consult with the community regarding a siting variation. For this reason, there are no appeal rights for neighbours.