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  • What is a Building Certifier/Surveyor?
    In Queensland, most building work is approved by Private Building Certifiers, also known as Building Surveyors. Building Certifiers/Surveyors are licensed by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission and act as an alternative to the local Council, to approve building work when it is in accordance with the Council’s planning scheme and the relevant building codes. Building Certifier – Level 1 – may perform building certifying functions for all classes of buildings and structures. Building Certifier – Level 2 – may only perform building certifying functions on buildings and structures having a rise of no more than 3 storeys and a total floor area no more than 2000m2 Building Certifier – Level 3 – may only perform building certifying functions on class 1 and/or 10 buildings or structures.
  • What type of plans are needed?
    It is important that all plans are drawn by a ‘designated person’ (see below) and must include all required information such as: Detailed Site Plan, Floor Plan, Elevation, Section, Timber Sizes, Tie-down, and Bracing. The plans must show all relevant information to enable us to determine compliance with the Building Code of Australia, Australian Standards and Local Council Planning Schemes.
  • Who can draw the plans?
    Under s24 of the Building Act 1975 the plans must be drawn by a ‘designated person’. A designated person under the Act is: (a) is an architect under the Architects Act 2002; or (b) is a licensed builder; or (c) under the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991, holds a licence of any of the following classes— (i) building design—low rise; (ii) building design—medium rise; (iii) building design—open; or (d) is a registered professional engineer under the Professional Engineers Act 2002.
  • How many sets of plans do I need?
    We utilise an electronic approvals database and prefer an electronic version. We can cater for hard copy plans up to A3 size. 1 set of plans will be required.
  • When does QBCC Insurance Apply?
    Licensed contractors undertaking residential building work over $3,300 in contract value (includes labour and materials) require QBCC Insurance unless they are an owner builder. A copy of the QBCC Notice of Cover of Insurance is to be provided PRIOR to the release of your approval. You should contact Queensland Building Construction Commission (QBCC) for all enquiries regarding fees and methods of payment. Please note the Scheme has been expanded to include the following work (providing it is carried out by a licensed contractor (or by an individual where fraud or certain representations are made) and is for a value over $3,300): The erection, construction or installation of a residential swimming pool. In relation to a residence or related roofed building (e.g. shed): All building work performed within the building envelope (internal or external parts of the building), for example, painting, tiling, plastering, roof restoration and repair work, rendering of walls, floor restoration, and glazing work. Anything attached to the building if it requires building approval or plumbing approval. Any structure attached to the external part of the building where there is no other supporting structure (eg: awning or handrail). Stairs or an access ramp which are permanently attached to the building. In relation to plumbing and drainage for a residence or related roofed building: Building work for the primary water supply (eg: install water tank for primary water supply) Building work for sewerage or drainage (eg: work on a sanitary drain connecting a residence to the sewerage main). Stormwater drainage (eg: repair of downpipe or gutter) The installation of a manufactured home fixed to land in a residential park. For further details view their website:
  • When is a QBCC Owner Builder permit required?
    Owner Builders undertaking Building work over $11,000 in value require an Owner Builder Permit. A copy of the Owner Builder Permit is to be provided PRIOR to the issuance of your approval.
  • When is portable long service levy (Qleave) needed?
    For Building and Construction work where the cost of works is $150,000 or more. The levy is calculated based on the cost of works price and can be paid at your Local Post Office or online at A copy of the payment receipt is to be provided PRIOR to the issuance of your approval.
  • Does a pool or spa need approval?
    Yes, a pool or spa (regardless of whether it’s portable) with more than 300mm depth must have a building approval. The Building Act 1975 classes Swimming Pools and Spas in the same category. New work for pool fencing with a contract value of over $3,300 must be included in the building approval.
  • What about a spa with a lockable lid?
    The Building Act 1975 requires a spa with a lockable lid to be provided with a compliant barrier and gate. Unfortunately, lockable lids are not self-closing any may be unintentionally left open.

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