Neighbours and siting variations
If you are building near the boundary and need to apply to Council for a siting variation, Council recommends that you consult with your neighbours.
Contact details for neighbours
If you need contact information for the adjoining landowners, you can call Council’s Contact Centre on (07) 3403 8888. If you can confirm the full name of the current owner (of the property for which the application is being lodged), Council can provide details about the adjoining landowners free of charge.
For Full Assessment (Concurrence Agency Applications), you are required to advise the outcome of your consultation with your neighbours as part of the application, or provide a statement about why the affected landowners could not be consulted. While this is not required for a Siting Variation Express, 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 Concurrence agency application - part 2 - CC10228 (PDF - 69kb). Advise them what siting variation you are seeking and in relation to what boundary. Then allow enough time for their review of the proposal, to ask any questions, and for their return of the completed form to you for your inclusion in the application to Council.
Generally, proposed buildings at the front or rear of the property will require statements from both neighbours. If Council’s assessing officer determines other neighbours are impacted by your proposal, you may need to obtain further statements.
Advice for neighbours
Council will contact neighbouring property owners who wish to be contacted for discussion of the proposal when they nominate this request on the neighbour’s statement (Part 2).
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.