Getting expert advice

While Brisbane City Council aims to assist you through the process, preparing a development application can be a complex task. Unless you understand the legal requirements and Brisbane’s planning rules, you may find it useful to get expert help. Council also provides the RiskSMART service to help you through the application process.

Before engaging an expert to work on your project:

  • do some research to make sure they provide the service you need
  • check they are properly registered and insured
  • obtain several quotes
  • ask for details of projects they have worked on.

The types of experts who may be able to help with your building or development project are:

Please note that Council does not endorse particular suppliers.

You can also check with Queensland Building and Construction Commission to obtain historical and current information about building contractors’ work.

Getting expert advice from Council’s RiskSMART consultants

You can talk to a RiskSMART consultant. It is a simple and fast way to get low-risk development proposals approved by Brisbane City Council.

Town planners

Town planners prepare development applications on behalf of the property owner and advise on development and design. They may also offer project management services and specialise in areas such as:

  • the environment
  • transport
  • heritage
  • services planning.

For more information you can visit:

Architects and building designers

Architects and building designers develop building concepts, designs and drawings. They may also offer services such as:

  • site evaluation
  • project management
  • managing the development application process on behalf of the property owner
  • co-ordinating specialist consultants.

For more information you can visit:

Builders

Builders use plans and drawings to construct buildings and other structures. They may also offer project management services or manage the development application process on behalf of the property owner.

For more information visit the Queensland Master Builders.

Building certifiers

Building certifiers are responsible for assessing whether proposed building work complies with the Building Act 1975 and associated standards. The building certifier who issued a building permit must also carry out an inspection to determine if the building work complies with the approval.

Certifiers can provide you with technical advice on siting variations and most can help you prepare a siting variation application.

For more information you can also visit the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors.

Surveyors

Land surveyors are responsible for matters relating to the registered boundaries of a property. This includes determining if building work has been constructed within the approved boundaries of the property and to the relevant height limitations.

For more information visit the Spatial Industries Business Association.

Engineers

Engineers plan, design and advise on structural requirements. They may work in a specific field such as:

  • construction
  • land development
  • structural or hydraulic design
  • soil or water treatment.

Some engineers will manage the development application process on behalf of the property owner.

For more information you can visit:

Landscape architects

Landscape architects develop concepts, designs and drawings for outdoor spaces. They may also offer services such as:

  • site master planning
  • project management
  • advice on site rehabilitation
  • managing the development application process on behalf of the property owner.

For more information visit the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

Plumbers

Plumbers install:

  • gas
  • water reticulation and irrigation systems
  • sanitary plumbing and drainage
  • metal roofing and wall cladding
  • refrigeration and fire protection.

They may also offer asbestos removal services. For more information visit the Master Plumbers Association (Queensland).

Solicitors

Solicitors provide legal advice. Some specialise in services for people who are buying or selling a home or setting up and running a business. For more information visit the Queensland Law Society.

04 February 2015