Do You Need Council Approval
for Brisbane Renovations?
Most Brisbane renovations require prior approval, as part of Queensland’s laws on home improvement.
In this blog, we’ll discuss approval requirements for:
- Home renovations in Brisbane
- Home renovations on the Sunshine Coast
- The application process
Accepted developments are an exception. Some examples include a fence or retaining wall that is shorter than one metre and two metres, respectively. Additionally, homeowners won’t need a permit for the following projects:
- Playground equipment not exceeding 3 metres in height
- Sunhood attachments not more than a metre away from the house
- Tool sheds and/or stables no higher than 10 metres (can be higher in tropical cyclone areas)
For everything else, you may need permission from your local city council.
Want To Know About Permits for Renovations
Brisbane through to the Sunshine Coast
Be Familiar With City Council Rules Before Everything Else
The state government imposes certain laws on home improvement through the Planning Act 2016. These rules aim for transparency on policies for home development projects.
However, it’s also important to know the rules in your community because each city will have different regulations (e.g. application process, fees). For instance, you’ll need a permit for Brisbane renovations that involve plumbing work to cap off a sewer.
On the other hand, home renovations on the Sunshine Coast may not require a permit for the alteration of pipe work. Whether or not you need approval, you must hire a licensed professional.
Home Renovations In Brisbane
There’s a legal way to avoid an application for renovation permits. Home owners can save money on Brisbane renovations if the projects meet the building codes for “accepted” or “exempted” development.
The Brisbane City Council expects every resident to comply with the Dwelling House Code and Dwelling House (Small Lot) Code. Here are two common reasons for a permit application:
- Repairs that cause the building height to exceed 9.5 metres
- “Front, rear and side boundary setbacks for a house on a small lot”
If your house was built before 1946, you may need a permit for extensions or renovations based on the Traditional Building Character Overlay assessment.
Contact a town planner or call the Brisbane City Council at 07 3403 8888 to confirm if you need approval for an upcoming project.
Home Renovations On The Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast Council may require approval for the following home improvement projects:
- Carports and patios
- Decks, sheds and garages
- Swimming pools
Only a building certifier can determine if you won’t need a permit for renovation work. Building certifiers compare the nature of work against the provisions of the Building Act 1975 and other standards.
They can file an application on your behalf. Dial (07) 5475 PLAN (7526) for inquiries about home renovations on the Sunshine Coast.
The Application Process
Once you submit an application for home renovations in Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast, a referral and information request may be necessary. Your local city council may also release public notices before making a decision.
Take note that development applications don’t have to go through each stage. In some cases, an application and information request may be enough for your local council to decide on a permit.
Still Unsure If You Need Approval? We Can Help
Rinofin Constructions’ experience with Brisbane homeowners has familiarised us with the approval requirements of our clients based on their specific renovation work.
We also cater to home owners who need extensions or renovations in the Sunshine Coast region. As a boutique residential contractor, we specialise in specific projects and manage them step-by-step.
Interested to know more about our full project management services?