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The Building Act 1975 divides building works into the following categories;
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.
Building approval, also called 'certification' is required for development that involves carrying out building work under the Planning Act 2016, 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:
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:
In order to lodge a development application for building work, you will need to complete Development Assessment (DA) Form 2 and submit to Council together with supporting documentation and applicable application fee.
All DA Forms can be found on the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning website by following the link provided below.
Council staff accepts building applications and undertake supporting administrative processes throughout the week.
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.
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.
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:
Some examples of work which cannot be conducted as an owner builder:
For further information, please call Council's Building Services on (07) 4776 4637.
Class 10a buildings (such as a private garage, carport, shed, or the like) are defined as non-habitable buildings in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and are not permitted to be used for residential purposes (Class 1a structures) without approval from the Local Government (refer Section 119 of the Building Act 1975).
Property owners who wish to use a shed for residential purposes and incorporate habitable rooms in the building, such as kitchen, bedrooms, living room, dining room, must not do so without first obtaining all relevant approvals and permits.
Class 10a building must be upgraded to the minimum standard of a Class 1a dwelling, as required by the BCA, prior to the building being occupied for residential purposes.
For more information, review Council's 'Living in Sheds/Changing a Shed to a Dwelling' Fact Sheet:
All the necessary documents can be found below.