Building approval

Building approval, also called 'certification' is required for development that involves carrying out building work under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA), as well as under specific building legislation.

Building approvals require assessment against the Building Code of Australia (forming Volumes 1 and 2 of the National Construction Code) and Queensland’s Building and Plumbing Regulations. These codes and regulations are mainly concerned with issues such as:

  • whether the building is soundly designed and constructed and will be safe
  • that the building has an appropriate degree of fire safety
  • whether the building is adequately protected from pests
  • whether the building is adequately sewered and drained
  • that the building meets the minimum energy and water efficiency standards.

While building approvals are usually only issued once for a specific structure or building, building legislation may require various technical inspections at different stages of the building process, including completion.

Building approvals are issued by accredited private building certifiers.  However, Council can also provide building certification services upon request.  It is in the customer’s best interest to obtain quotes from multiple certifiers before choosing a building certifier.

Building certifiers are responsible for lodging building approvals and certification information with Council.

There are some development functions that a building certifier cannot handle. You must arrange these approvals through Council. Examples include:

  • any town planning matters that are not self-assessable under Brisbane City Plan 2014
  • houses more than 9.5 metres in height from the natural ground level in the majority of residential zones
  • redevelopment or removal of heritage and character buildings.

The following activities will require a Council decision:

21 June 2017