Your new house or renovation design must meet building and planning regulations. There are two types of approvals; Development Approval (DA), assessed by Brisbane City Council under the Brisbane City 2016 Planning Act, and Building Approval (BA), assessed by a private building certifier under the National Construction Code of Australia.
Planning Approval is used to make sure new houses and other structures compliment the existing streetscape, including character elements (where relevant), and do not negatively affect neighbours or the natural environment, it is assessed against the local council’s codes and policies. Building Approval ensures that buildings are structurally sound.
Many projects will require only building approval. However, depending on where you live, the design of your house, and the size of your property, you may also need planning approval. There are several site considerations that may impact your approval; Does your house have a traditional building character overlay? Is your site a “Small Lot”? Are there any flood or overland flow problems on your site? We will always discuss any compliance issues with you before lodging and while we cannot guarantee approval by Council, we seek all advice prior to give you the best possible outcome.
For further information on the approval process within the Brisbane area, please visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and click on “Common Building Projects” under the “Planning & Building” tab. UDS works closely with Town Planners and Private Certifiers to ensure the smoothest possible path through the approval process.