Building work will generally require a development application if you are:
- building a free-standing permanent structure
- making alterations/additions or raising/restumping an existing structure
- building a retaining wall over one metre high or a fence over two metres high
- erecting signs.
- demolishing an existing building or structure (in part or in full)
- Altering the structure for a different use (e.g. a house to a block of units; an office to a retail shop) will require a change of classification under the National Construction Code.
- altering the exterior of a heritage place
- carrying out significant structural changes to an existing building.
Council has a number of fact sheets relating to specific building activities.
Unless the property is heritage listed, you do not need a development application if you are:
- painting or redecorating the interior or exterior of a structure
- remodelling a kitchen or bathroom (also check with Council's Water & Sewerage Section - approvals may also be required for on site sewerage systems or connection to council's sewer system).
- performing minor internal structural changes to an existing structure.
As from 1st July 2017 a new Planning Act commenced in Queensland. It will only require a new Form 2 application for Building Work in most instances. Building forms can be found on the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning using the following link:
If you are intending to undertake building work, you may also need to refer to / speak with:
- Development Applications (e.g. Material Change of Use, Reconfiguration of a Lot, etc.) - GRC Planning Department
- Queensland Development Codes for siting requirements (e.g. buildling near or over infrastructure or relocating a building) - GRC Building Department
- Building Codes - GRC Building Department or a Private Certifier
- Plumbing and Drainage applications / issues - GRC Water & Sewerage Department
- Flood Check Maps - Queensland Reconstruction Authority
- Contaminated or uncontrolled landfilling