Before Building

When is a building approval (certification) required?

A building development approval (certification), known as a building permit, is required prior to commencing construction on most types of domestic or commercial building works.

These can be sought from a private building certifier. A building certifier will assess whether the proposed work complies with the Building Act 1975 and associated regulations and building standards. Please note that Council does not offer building certification services.

All building certifiers must be registered with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.

Fact sheet 

Please refer to our fact sheet on obtaining a building approval for domestic building works, which gives advice on:

  • the role of a private building certifier
  • the types of building works which require an approval
  • inspection stages
  • who is responsible for supervision and quality 
  • the importance of ensuring that a building approval is finalised

How to contact a private building certifier

For further information or to start the building approval process, you will need to contact a private building certifier. Council cannot give any recommendations about which certifier to choose, so we would recommend that you refer to the Yellow Pages or White Pages.

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission also offers a service on their website called "finding a licensed certifier".

Further advice on engaging a certifier can also be found at the Department of Housing and Public Works website.

What else should I do?

It is important to ensure that you check whether any other types of approvals are required, including planning approvals or plumbing approvals from Council, prior to obtaining a building approval. Your building certifier should be able to give you this information in the initial stage.

Check that your building records are given to Council 

During the building application and approval process, the private building certifier is required to lodge a copy of approval related documentation with Council. A copy of these documents are held on Council's records into the future in accordance with the legislation.