Building Services

The Burdekin Shire Council has a large team of Building Certifiers and support staff.  We offer professional advice for all your building projects in the Burdekin region and other areas in Queensland. As well as offering a fast approval process for local building work, the team is the only assessing authority in the Burdekin that can provide other mandatory approvals including siting relaxations, site coverage assessment, approvals to build over or adjacent to the sewer and water service approvals within the Burdekin Shire.  Our department also provides Pool Safety Inspections to produce a Pool Safety Certificate.

  • Booking Building Inspections

    Building inspections can be booked Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm through Council's Customer Service Centre on 07 4783 9800.

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    Building inspections can be booked Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm through Council’s Customer Service Centre on 07 4783 9800.  Please have your Building Permit on hand when booking an inspection so that information can be accurately recorded by the Customer Service Centre.

    Fees

    Fees and charges are available on the Burdekin Shire Council website and also by calling the Customer Service Centre.   Some construction works may require individual assessment to determine the correct fee.

    Who to contact

    For further information contact the Customer Service Centre on 07 4783 9800.

  • Building Forms

    Forms related to Building services, licenses and permits are available online and from the Council Chambers in Ayr.

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    Forms related to Building services, licenses and permits are available from the Burdekin Shire Council Chambers at 145 Young Street in Ayr, or they can be downloaded and printed locally.  Once completed they should be returned to the Council (with any necessary fees) for processing.

    The following forms can be downloaded and printed

    Spa Idas forms 1 & 2

    www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/forms-templates

    Copy of Owner Builder Permit

    http://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/

    Copy of QBCC Insurance Notification Form

    http://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/

    Copy of QLeave Form
    http://qleave/webdb/wsmanager.nsf/(web)/14F47206EB2F4FEC4A257727002328C5

    Form 15 – Compliance Certificate for Building Design or Specification (if applicable)

    http://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/form-15.pdf

    Form 16 – Inspection/Aspect Certificate

    http://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/form-16.pdf

    Checklist –  http://www.burdekin.qld.gov.au/downloads/Checklist-New-Dwelling-Application.pdf

    Checklist – http://intranet.burdekin.qld.gov.au/Docs/Documents/DCCS.ICS.Customer%20Service%20Centre/Building/Checklist%20-%20Additions%20-%20Dwelling.doc

    Contract Form (Required for applications outside of the Burdekin Shire) -
    http://www.burdekin.qld.gov.au/downloads/BuildingCertifiersContractAgreement.pdf

  • Building Permits – FAQ’s

    Council receives many questions regarding the Building Certification process. To make life easier we have answered the most frequently asked questions here.

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    Council receives many questions regarding the Building Certification process. To make life easier we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions.

    When is a Building Permit required?

    Building permits are required for all building works. This includes:

    • New dwellings, units, duplexes or townhouses;
    • Erection of relocated dwellings;
    • Alterations and additions to existing buildings;
    • Commercial buildings (shops, factories, offices, high rise apartments up to 3 storeys or 2000sqm, motels, factories, warehouses, health care building, schools, child care, tenancy fit-outs etc);
    • New Structures (sheds, pergolas, lawn lockers and shade sails);
    • Cold rooms and shipping containers;
    • Fences over 2 metres and retaining walls;
    • Swimming pools and spas;
    • Demolition or removal of buildings; and
    • Re-roofs

    Why do I need a Building Permit?

    It is an offence under the Sustainable Planning Act to begin building work without obtaining a Building Permit.  Offenders may be liable to legal action.

    Our Building Certifiers will assess the application, provide professional advice and carry out the required inspections.

    Does the Council have to approve all building work?

    Our building department offers a professional service for all your building projects, however, legislation was changed by the State Government in 1998 to enable private building certifiers, not employed by Council, to approve building works.

    In what areas does the Burdekin Shire carry out certification work?

    The Burdekin Shire building inspectors carry out certification work anywhere in Queensland including our local shire.

    How long does it take to get a Building Permit approval?

    We offer a fast approval process with a turn-around-time on properly made applications ranging between four to seven business days.

    What do I need to submit to Council to obtain a permit?

    When submitting an application to be approved the following is required:-

    http://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/Contractors/forms-fact-sheets-and publications/Pages/forms.aspx

    Several copies of the above documentation are required for distribution as follows:-

    • A copy to be kept on file at Burdekin Shire Council for future accessibility when required e.g. sale of property or new building works;
    • Copy to registered builder;
    • Copy to owner;
    • Copy to the applicant if not the owner or builder
    • Copy to relevant Council if works outside of Burdekin Shire Council.

    Contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800 for a complete requirement checklist and quantities required.

    How much will a Building Permit cost?

    Fees are set by Council as at 1st July each year. Council building fees are broken up into two costs:-

    • A Lodgement fee which covers administration and processing of the application.
    • An assessment fee which covers the certifier assessing and approving the documentation and carrying out all relevant inspections with certificates being issued.

    How can I pay my fees?

    Fees can be paid by cash, eftpos, cheque/money order or credit card.

    How do I know if the works have been approved?

    Once the application has been approved by the certifier you will receive a Development Application Decision Notice.  This will list the nominated conditions which apply to your approval.

    Inspection Records

    Council’s Nominated Conditions which apply to your Approval can be found on the Development Application Decision Notice.  Inspections are carried out when called for by the building contractor/owner builder as per the approved plans and Standard Building Regulation at the time. Inspections do not represent any form of supervision over the builder.

    Building inspections can be booked through Council’s Customer Service Centre by calling (07) 4783 9800.

    How do I get a copy of my house plans?

    The Burdekin Shire Council can issue you with a copy of your house plans provided we have these on file.  (Please note fees apply).  Should someone else request a copy of your house plans on your behalf, consent is required before releasing these.

    How do I know exactly where my boundary is?

    The Burdekin Shire Council recommends that you try finding the original pegs, or contact the Department of Environmental Resource Management (DERM) to obtain a copy of the original survey plan. However, if this is unsuccessful you should contact a private surveyor to locate the exact boundary line.

    Variation to the Building Line

    The act requires certain distances from boundaries when erecting structures. Please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800 to determine if a relaxation to the building line is required.

    Building applications can be lodged with the accompanying application fee:

    By Mail

    Attention Customer Service Centre
    Burdekin Shire Council
    PO Box 974
    AYR QLD 4807

    In Person

    145 Young Street, AYR
    Monday to Friday 8.00am to 5.00pm

    Electronic

    Email:     

    Building Queries

    Phone (07) 47 83 9800
    Fax (07) 47 83 9999
    Email

    For more information on any of the above or if you have any questions on any topics that we have not covered please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

  • Erecting fences

    THE LAW The Neighbourhood Disputes Resolution Act 2011 commenced on 1 November 2011. The Act contains the new laws on fences.  There is now a wider definition of the term fence (including hedges) and a clearer definition of the term ‘sufficient dividing fence’. Other general changes from the repealed Dividing Fences Act 1953 include a single Notice [...]

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    THE LAW

    The Neighbourhood Disputes Resolution Act 2011 commenced on 1 November 2011.

    The Act contains the new laws on fences.  There is now a wider definition of the term fence (including hedges) and a clearer definition of the term ‘sufficient dividing fence’. Other general changes from the repealed Dividing Fences Act 1953 include a single Notice for contribution to fencing work form and Notice for contribution to urgent fencing work form, clarification that the ownership of the dividing fence on a common boundary is shared equally, distinction between a retaining wall and a fence, and clearer rules for pastoral and agricultural fences.

    SUGGESTED PLAN OF ACTION

    Discuss the type of fence, the cost and how it will be built with your neighbour. (Make sure you are talking to the owner of the property)

    Written agreements are easier to enforce.

    To compel your neighbour to contribute, you must, before construction of the fence is started, give notice in writing. The notice should:

    • specify the common boundary to be fenced;
    • specify the kind of fence proposed;
    • contain a proposal for the fence (include an estimate of cost, contribution required and method of construction). As a matter of courtesy, two quotes should be supplied.

    If your neighbour accepts your proposal, then he/she will be bound to pay half the cost of it.

    Fences – Disputes

      

    RESOLVING CONFLICT – QCAT

    QCAT stands for the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal. QCAT provides a single tribunal through which the community can access justice. QCAT provides the community with a more accessible, informal and responsive means of resolving neighbourhood disputes involving trees and dividing fences. Visit Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) for more information about how to make an application involving a tree or dividing fence matter.

    THE TYPE OF FENCE

    Check with your local council if:

    • the fence is to be higher than others in the neighbourhood.
    • the fence is to form part of a retaining wall.
    • there could be any restriction to water run-off
    • the fence is to have some other unusual feature

    Fences less than two metres in height do not require Council approval in most cases. Care should be exercised when fencing corner blocks, so as not to create visibility problems for traffic using these streets.

    Do you need a building permit for a fence?

    A building permit for a boundary fence will need to be obtained from a building certifier where a proposed fence or combined retaining wall and fence exceeds 2.0 metres in height “above” the level of “natural ground” as defined under the Standard Building Regulation 1993.

    For more information, contact Customer Service (07) 4783 9800.

  • Flood Certificates

    Council has adopted a new Floor Heights for Habitable Buildings Policy to mitigate flood risks and build a more resilient community. This page gives information about applying for a flood certificate and exemptions to the policy.

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    Flood Risk Reduction

    Burdekin Shire Council adopted a Floor Heights for Habitable Buildings Policy to build a more resilient community and to mitigate the risks of floods.

    It is not possible to conclude if a particular property may flood in the future by only considering past flooding.  Instead, Council have commissioned a flood study which uses computer calculations in conjunction with established scientific principles to map a wider extent of potential floods.

    Members of the public are now able to access data gathered through the flood study by applying for a 1% AEP Flood Certificate.

    1% AEP Flood Certificates

    1% AEP- means a 1% Annual Exceedance Probability.  Each year there is a 1% chance of a flooding event of this nature occurring.  The 1% AEP Flood Certificate provides applicants with information specific to a particular property.

    Building Approvals and Flood Certificates

    In line with the Floor Heights for Habitable Buildings Policy a 1% AEP flood certificate will be required to accompany any building application or lodgement of building approval for any property captured within the flood study and triggered under the Policy.

    Exemptions to Policy

    The Policy does not apply to non habitable buildings (e.g. sheds or carports).  An exemption is included in the policy for additions to existing lowset dwellings that represent a less than 50% increase to the habitable floor space.  That means that existing lowset dwellings can have alterations or additions added without having to create a “split level” home to comply with the policy.  Existing highset dwellings will only be allowed to enclose beneath if the floor height of the lower level will comply with the Policy.

    Flood Information

    Council will only supply flood information in writing.  It will not give verbal flood information about a property over the phone.

    Council does not presently have flood maps available for individual properties that can be downloaded from its website.  Our Customer Service Officers can advise if flood data is available for your property.

    The insurance industry uses its own estimates of flood risk and its own definitions for flooding, which may differ when compared with Council’s information.  Council has not supplied its flood information to private insurance companies.  You should talk to your insurance company to find out if a flood certificate may influence your insurance premium.

    Fee

    There is a fee to apply for a 1% AEP Certificate.  Please check Council’s Fees and Charges for more information.

    Who to Contact

    For additional information about Flood Certificates …

    Please contact the Customer Service Centre using the Online Contact Form.

    You can also contact the Customer Service Centre using one of the following methods.

    Customer Service Centre
    Location 145 Young Street,
    Ayr QLD 4807
    Postal Address PO Box 974
    Ayr QLD 4807
    Opening hours 8am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays)
    Phone (07) 4783 9800 – Business hours
    (07) 4783 9800 – After hours (the same number)
    Fax (07) 4783 9999
    SMS 0437 886 008
    Email
    Online Use the Online Contact Form
     
    Building Certification and Plumbing Officers
    Early Opening Please phone (07) 4783 9942 if you need access the Building and Plumbing Department between 7am – 8am, Monday to Friday.
  • Pool Fencing

    Maintenance of pool fences and safety barriers is essential to reduce the number of drownings and serious immersion injuries of young children in swimming pools.
    Pool owners are responsible for ensuring pool barriers are maintained and damaged fencing or barriers are fixed immediately.

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    The standard for fencing around a swimming pool is contained in the Australian Standards:

    AS 1926.1 - 2007 Swimming Pool Safety – Safety barriers for swimming pools

    AS 1926.2 - 2007 Swimming Pool Safety – Location of safety barriers for swimming pools

    For more information of pool fencing legislation contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 07 4783 9800 or visit the

  • Pool Safety Compliance Checks

    Our team of certifiers are able to provide Pool Safety Inspections and issue Pool Safety Certificates.

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    The Queensland Government has introduced new pool safety laws aimed at further reducing the incidences of drowning and serious immersion injuries of young children in swimming pools. These laws affect new and existing pools. Pool owners have until 30 November 2015 to comply with the new pool safety laws, or earlier if they sell or lease their property before this time.

    Our team of certifiers are able to provide Pool Safety Inspections and therefore produce Pool Safety Certificates.

    Who to Contact

    To book a Pool Safety Inspection please use any of the following contact methods and a Customer Service Officer will be able to help.

    Please contact the Customer Service Centre using the Online Contact Form.

    You can also contact the Customer Service Centre using one of the following methods.

    Customer Service Centre
    Location 145 Young Street,
    Ayr QLD 4807
    Postal Address PO Box 974
    Ayr QLD 4807
    Opening hours 8am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays)
    Phone (07) 4783 9800 – Business hours
    (07) 4783 9800 – After hours (the same number)
    Fax (07) 4783 9999
    SMS 0437 886 008
    Email
    Online Use the Online Contact Form
     
    Building Certification and Plumbing Officers
    Early Opening Please phone (07) 4783 9942 if you need access the Building and Plumbing Department between 7am – 8am, Monday to Friday.

     

  • Requisitions/Defects and Unapproved Building Works

    Requisitions/Defects and Unapproved Building Works

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    Requisitions

    Requisitions and defects are recorded on a parcel of land and remain attached to the specific property until rectified.

    On the basis of such information and where action has been instigated, the consequence may include rectification work or demolition of a building or structure. A change of ownership may not affect any of these proceedings and appropriate professional advice should be obtained.

    Unapproved Building Works

    If a building or structure on a property has been erected without approval or not in conformity with approved plans and the Standard Building Regulations, a similar situation exists. Relevant approvals must be obtained for unapproved buildings and structures or demolished as required by Part 4 of the Building Act 1975 as amended. Buildings or structures erected contrary to approved plans would be required to be brought into conformity with approved plans.

    Council offers a Rate Search with Inspections to investigate these matters.

  • Searches

    Rate and Property Searches

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    The aim of searches available through the Building Department is to provide details of development information on property records that are kept. The following is a list of persons authorised to inspect certain documents held by Council for the purposes of Searching and any enforcement action that is current on the specified property:

    • The Owner – proof of ownership such as Rating Notice;
    • The prospective purchaser – upon presentation of a copy of a signed contract of sale by both parties;
    • The Real Estate Agent – upon presentation of a letter of authority from the existing owner/s allowing the Agent to search documents within Council;
    • A solicitor acting in the matters of conveyancing;
    • All other persons -signed letter of authority by existing owner/s.

    Unless the search clearly indicates otherwise, Council has undertaken no investigation in relation to the existence of unapproved structures and/or whether buildings or structures on the land comply with any approved plans and/or the Standard Building Regulations. Council does not investigate or make any comment with respect to the finished quality of building work unless it appears unsafe.

    Council is required to maintain domestic building records (Class 1 and 10) as listed in the Queensland State Archives Retention and Disposal Schedule

    Assistance to purchasers

    Council Officers will not be available to interpret any information contained on the file other than the method of recording information.  Advice should be sought in viewing or interpreting any of Council’s records.

    It should be noted that Council records also contain approvals by Private Certifiers who are empowered by legislation as an alternate approval authority for Building works. Further information may have to be sought from the relevant Private Certifier engaged to approve and inspect the building works.

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