When do I require a building permit?

Type of work

Is a building permit required?

Yes/No

Additions

Additions to a dwelling or any other building

Attaching minor items to an existing building, such as sun hoods projecting no more than 1 metre from the building, sun blinds, roof ventilators, basketball hoops or similar attachments (refer to Schedule 1, Section 8 (3) and Schedule 2. Section 2 of Building Regulations 2006).

Yes

No

Alterations

Structural alterations to a dwelling or any other building

Alterations to a load bearing part of a building – there are some exceptions however customers should consult with a private certifier.

Yes

Yes

Aviary

The building or structure is used exclusively as an aviary – regardless of area (tropical cyclone area – Wind Region C. Building Regulation 2006, Schedule 1, section 13)

Yes

Carports/garages (Class 10a)

Freestanding or attached to another building (of any size)

Yes

Demolition

All demolition work – anything that requires a building permit to build, requires a building/demolition permit to remove.

Did you know? Plumbing approvals are also required when carrying out demolition work. For more information, please review this plumbing information bulletin.

Yes

Decks

Unroofed deck less than 1 metre above the deck’s natural ground surface (refer to Schedule 1, Section 13 (1) (c) of Building Regulations 2006)

Roofed deck less than 1 metre above the deck’s natural ground surface

Roofed deck more than 1 metre above the deck’s natural ground surface

Unroofed deck more than 1 metre above the deck’s natural ground surface

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Earthworks

Note: depending on the volume as per the Planning Scheme. Greater than 20 cubic meters in residential zone and greater than 500 cubic meters in a rural zone will trigger an Operational Works permit unless it is part of a building application.

Yes

Pool fences

Pool fence

Alterations and repairs in some minor instances don’t require a building approval, however due to complex nature of pool fencing requirements, it is recommended that customer consult a private certifier and/or a pool fence compliance officer

Yes

Plumbing works

Plumbing works are governed by additional legislation and regulations.

The type of work being undertaken will determine if plumbing approvals and / or plumbing inspections will be required.

For further information on plumbing approvals and inspections, please visit: http://www.mackay.qld.gov.au/services/water/h2o_lab

Yes