Temporary homes

Under Mackay Regional Council Local Law No. 1 (Administration) 2011,  

“The establishment or occupation of a temporary home means the erection, construction, installation, positioning or placement of a structure used or intended for temporary use as a place of residence but does not include –

(a) A structure for erection which is constituted as development under the Planning Act; or
(b) The establishment or the occupation of a temporary home on or in a camping ground or caravan park”

Council’s local laws ensure that temporary homes that are being used as a place of residence, even for a short period of time, are of a standard that ensures the health and safety for the occupier of the temporary home and neighbouring public.

A temporary home is not to be occupied as a place of residence permanently or for an indefinite period.

How to apply

Complete the application form below in the event that a person wishes to reside in a temporary home for a specified period of time.  The application form must be submitted with the relevant attachments and fee to council prior to erection of the structure.

A Temporary Homes Permit will not be approved for periods longer than 18 months and if the purpose for the temporary structure is:

  • To erect, or convert an existing structure into a permanent residence; or
  • To carry out building work on a permanent residence that will make the residence temporarily unfit for occupation as a place of residence.

Temporary Home Permit Application form (PDF 72 KB)

For further information, contact council to speak with an Environmental Health Officer on 1300 MACKAY (622 529) or email council@mackay.qld.gov.au