Plumbing and building approvals
  • Last updated:
  • 11 Dec 2019

You must have approval before you begin most types of building or plumbing works. All works are assessed under state government regulations.

To obtain approval, you must first lodge an application.

A building certifier will assess whether the proposed work complies with the Building Act 1975 and associated standards. If it does, they will issue a building permit. Accredited building certifiers must be registered with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.

The building approval will note what inspections must take place while the work is underway. The building certifier who issued the permit is required to carry out these inspections.

Note: Council's former building certification business, Country and Coastal Certifiers, closed in 2010. However, council continues to work with applicants on outstanding inspections.

Building certifiers cannot approve any work that conflicts with the local planning scheme or the Queensland Development Code. If you are unsure whether your work complies, you can complete a request for town planning appraisal.

If you need a variation to the requirements of the scheme or code, complete a request for concurrency agency response (building work). Council must receive this request before a building certifier can grant approval.

From 1 July 2019, permit applications are divided into two streams, FastTrack and standard. Timeframes for local government and public entity plumbing application approvals are significantly reduced. Refer to new permit application system (form 1) fact sheet for more information.


All building and plumbing work is regulated under state legislation and can be viewed on the Department of Housing and Public Works website.

You can check Development.i to view details of lodged applications.

Refer to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) for clarification of what constitutes notifiable works.

For more details or assistance, contact council's development services

You can also contact council if you have a development and building related complaint.