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Building works that do not require an approval

Building works that do not require an approval


There are some building works that do not require an approval from a building certifier such as renovations or repairs to homes and other buildings which are minor building works. These are referred to as accepted development in the Planning Act 2016.

This means that while a building approval may not be required, the owner must ensure it complies with any applicable standards, such as structural sufficiency, size limits, City Plan or the Queensland Development Code.

Building certifiers will be able to advise whether a building approval is required for particular building works.

Examples of building work that is accepted development include:

  • small tool shed, stable or the like up to 10 square metres in area
  • a fence not more than two metres high (but excludes swimming pool fencing)
  • a one metre high retaining wall (subject to complying with specific conditions).

A full list of building work that is accepted development can be found in Schedule 1 of the Building Regulation 2006. Visit Queensland Legislation website for more information.

Owners are responsible for complying with the City Plan and should make formal enquiries with the City before starting any work.

Examples include:

  • fixing minor attachments to a building such as a sunhood if the sunhood’s area is less than two square metres
  • the construction of playground equipment not more than three metres high above their natural ground surface.

A full list of building work that is accepted development can be found in Schedule 1 and 2 of the Building Regulation 2006. Visit Queensland Legislation website for more information.

Renovations/repairs to my home and other buildings

Where the work involves repairing or replacing fixtures or wall or ceiling linings, kitchen cupboards, vanity units or floor coverings, a building approval is generally not required.

However, when the work is being carried out, it is important that all materials are “fit for purpose”, meet relevant Australian Standards and linings are fixed in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation instructions.

If you have concerns about the quality of materials or installation, we recommend that you contact the Queensland Office of Fair Trading on 13 74 68.

If more extensive work is required that affects the structural components of the building, then a building approval may be required in accordance with the Building Regulation 2006.

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