Any building work (Assessable Development) carried out within the Central Highlands Regional Council must have Development Approval, either by council or by a Private Building Certifier prior to the commencement of work.
Building work includes but is not limited to:
- Construction of new buildings
- Alterations and/or additions to existing buildings, including shop fit-outs
- Demolitions and removals
- Enclosing areas under high-set buildings or enclosing verandahs
- Carports, Garages and Garden Sheds over 9m2
Further information on including Application Forms, Application Checklists & Fees are available online here.
If you are considering installing a spa or swimming pool, please ensure that you check if there are any requirements for fencing and building approvals. You will find that for most installations, a fence will be
required and development approval must be obtained for the pool or spa (including the fence) before any work commences.
Note: The Queensland Development Code defines a swimming pool as a Structure that is capable of being filled to a depth of 300mm, or has a volume of more than 2000 litres, or has a filtration system.
For more information on Swimming Pool fencing guidelines please visit:
Within the building permit process an owner/builder is an owner of a property that takes on the responsibilities of the builder. To be an owner/builder you need to meet a certain criteria and understand both your obligations and restrictions. It is a requirement under the Queensland Building Services Authority Act 1991 (QBSA Act) that if you wish to perform or coordinate domestic building work on your property for a single project of a value of $11,000 or more you must hold an owner builder permit. An owner builder permit is only issued by BSA.
Below are links to the useful information regarding the responsibilities and obligations of being an owner/builder.
Dividing Fences of individual allotments are controlled by the Dividing Fences Act 1953.
Fences less than two metres in height (above the level of 'natural ground') do not require council approval in most cases.
For further information please visit:
Avoiding conflict over Fences and Trees
Dividing Fences Act 1953