Building Approvals

Queensland Legislation

Queensland legislation determines if your project requires a building approval, find out if you require buildling approval here. Local authorities and private building certifiers issue development approvals for assessable building work. Burnett Country Certifiers is one of a number of private building certification practices that issues building approvals as an alternative to Councils. The following is an overview of the process our business goes through to approve your building application and issue a final on your project, permitting occupation. Matters that can affect that journey are also touched upon.


Building Approvals

Once we have received all of the required information and material to permit the approval process to continue, an assessment against the provisions of Clause 30 of the Building Act 1975 is undertaken by an appropriately licensed building certifier. The matters addressed in Clause 30 are –

  • The Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) (Chapter 6 of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009)
  • Chapter 3 and 4 of the Building Act 1975
  • The fire safety standard
  • Any provisions of a regulation made under this Act (the Building Regulation 2006) relating to building assessment work or self-assessable building work
  • Any relevant local law, planning scheme provision or resolution made under section 32 or 33 of the Building Act 1975
  • The Building Code of Australia (BCA)
  • Subject to section 33, the Queensland Development Code (QDC).
  • If your building application complies with the requirements of the assessment provisions, a Decision Notice is issued to the Applicant, the owner if not the same and a copy is archived with the local authority in which the proposed development is to be carried out. The purpose of the archiving is no matter what happens to all the other copies, Council must keep a copy for the life of the building so as those in the community entitled to access to the building approval, will be able to.


    Contained in the Decision Notice (Building Approval) will be a number of matters that affect the approval. With building matters, the type of approval is nearly always a Development Permit. This means, subject to any appeal provisions, work can commence immediately. An important matter that is addressed is the currency period. This is the amount of time you have to carry out the building work. In certain circumstances this period can be extended upon application to the assessing authority. Building approvals generally also contain conditions. These conditions mainly consist of the requirement to comply with certain legislation, Codes and Australian Standards.