Building Permit Requirements
Building permits are required for all structural building works in the Burdekin Shire. Works include:
- 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
Further information relating to building permit applications can be found below. Should you require further information please contact the Council's Customer Service Centre.
It is an offence under the 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.
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.
The Burdekin Shire building inspectors carry out certification work within the Burdekin region. We offer a fast approval process with a turn around time on properly made applications within 10 business days.
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.
When submitting an application to be approved the following documentation may be required.
- DA Form 2 – Development Application for Building Work
DA Form 1 – Development Application for Building Work Associated With Other Assessable Development (and parts 4-6 of DA Form 2)
- Site plan – including any buildings already erected on the property;
- Soil Test Report
- Scaled structural drawing plans
- Energy Efficiency Report with Form 15
- Truss Plan and Layout with Form 15
- Form 15 – Compliance Certificate for Building Design or Specification, if applicable
- Form 16 - Inspection Certificate/Aspect Certificate, if applicable
- Form 5 - Change Application Form, if applicable
- QBCC Home Warranty Insurance Notification, if applicable
- Q Leave Levy Notification, if applicable
- Building Application - Additional Information Form (including copy of signed QBCC Licence)
- A copy of the Builders Licence Card (signed by the builder) - provides evidence the builder is aware his licence is being used for a building application
Please refer to the Building Application Pack in the Related Documents section below for further application information. All other applicable forms can also be found in this section.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
It is a requirement of Council that prior to relocating any house, building or structure, wholly or in part, onto an allotment in the Burdekin Shire that a "Development Permit" be obtained for:- 'Carrying out of Building Work'. Approval will also be required for any plumbing and drainage work carried out as part of the project.
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