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Building Applications

Assessable Work and Self-assessable Work

The Building Act 1975  divides building works into the following categories;

  • Assessable Work
  • Self-assessable Work
  • Exempt Work

The owner of a premise is responsible for ensuring any proposed building work complies with applicable standards, such as structural sufficiency, size limits, Building Codes of Australia, Queensland Development Code and Council’s planning scheme.


Assessable Work

Building Applications:

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.

Hinchinbrook Shire Council has engaged Licenced Building Certifier, Mr Kaj Simmons, to provide a building certification service on behalf of the Council. Mr Simmons works out of the Council Offices on Tuesdays and Fridays and is available to undertake inspections scheduled for these days.

Some examples of assessable building work can include:

  • new buildings
  • alterations and additions
  • swimming pools
  • shed/carports
  • patios
  • pergolas
  • removal/demolition of buildings

In order to lodge a development application for building work, you will need to complete Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) Forms 1 and 2 and submit to Council together with supporting documentation and applicable application fee.

All IDAS Forms can be found on the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website by following the link provided below.

IDAS Forms

Council staff accepts building applications and undertake supporting administrative processes throughout the week.

Building Permits:

Once the building application has been assessed and approved, it will be allocated a Building Permit (BP) number.

All Building and Plumbing Permits have a currency period of two (2) years from date of issue. If after this time you are yet to complete the building work, the applicant / owner will need to request an extension of time for the building permit in writing. This will then be taken into consideration and a decision made in due course.

Prior to a permit lapsing, a Form 57 - Reminder notice for the lapsing of an approval will be issued. If works have been completed, you will need to arrange a Final Inspection by contacting Council's Building Services on (07) 4776 4637.

Building Inspections:

A Building Certifier will be available at the Council's office each Tuesday and Friday. 

Inspections by appointment can be arranged by contacting Hinchinbrook Shire Council Building Services on (07) 4776 4637.   

Council will endeavour to facilitate inspections to meet the needs of the builder as much as possible, however it is preferred that 24 hours’ notice is given prior to the scheduled inspection time. 

Owner Builder:

If an owner of a premise intends on completing building work on their own property, an owner builder permit may be required.

An owner builder permit is required for work over $11,000 which allows an owner to personally perform the building work and take on the role of head contractor on a building project.  The owner will then be responsible for engaging and co-ordinating contractors, completion and lodgement of any necessary building approvals and the scheduling of work.

An owner builder permit is not required for work to the value of $10,999; however a building permit is still required to perform the work.

Note: There are special provisions for farm buildings.  If the value is no more than $27,500 an owner can personally do this work.

Some examples of work which can be conducted as an owner builder:

  • new dwellings
  • alterations and additions
  • shed/carports/garages
  • patios/pergolas

Some examples of work which cannot be conducted as an owner builder:

  • occupational work such as plumbing, draining, gasfitting or pest control (unless with an occupational licence)
  • fire protection work in excess of $1,100 (unless with appropriate licence)
  • commercial or industrial buildings (e.g. shops, industrial sheds, farm buildings)
  • multiple dwellings (e.g. duplexes, boarding houses, blocks of units)

For further information, please call Council's Building Services department on (07) 4776 4637.


Document Resources

All the necessary documents can be found below. 

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