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Building work that is assessable development must have a building approval issued by a building certifier.

Building Certifiers can be either Council Building Certifiers (certifiers employed by Council) or Private Building Certifiers (certifiers who provide a private certification service completely independent of Council).

In addition to the building approval other approvals such as a siting variation or amenity & aesthetics referral agency approval may be required.  These approvals are issued by Council regardless of whether you engage a Council building certifier or a private building certifier.


Ask your building company if they are using a Council building certifier or a private building certifier.  If a private building certifier has been engaged to certify your building works and you have been advised a referral agency application has been submitted to Council ASK for a copy of the Council receipt as this will detail the lodgement date of the application.

Council is unable to assist you with the progress of your privately certified building application, however provided you are the intended owner of the building you can contact Council, with the details of your referral agency application receipt, and Council will advise you of the applications progress.

  • Building Approvals
    Building Approvals

    Our building certifiers can assess and inspect your building work to ensure it complies with the relevant legislation

  • Building Fact Sheets
    Building Standards, Forms
    and Fact Sheets

    Building Standards, Council's Building Forms and Fact Sheets for Building Works.

  • Swimming Pool Regulations
    Swimming Pool Regulations

    New pool safety laws are in place to reduce drownings through increased pool safety. These laws are now being enforced with fines for non compliance.

  • Building Searches
    Building Searches

    Make a formal search for property information requests, building searches and classification certificates.

  • Building Frequently Asked Questions
    Frequently asked questions

    Find answers to a range of Building frequently asked questions.

  • Useful Building Links
    Useful Building Links

    Links to various Building related information, authorities, and standards.

  • Building Fees and Charges
    Fees and Charges

    Council's current list of fees for Building Applications and Approvals are available from Council's Fees and Charges.

  • Plumbing Information

    Find information about Plumbing Approvals, Standards, Forms, Legislative requirements, useful Plumbing links, and Fees and Charges.

You can save yourself time and money when you build or renovate, by comparing Council's Certification fees and approval times to other certification services.

Council's service brings together and draws on an extensive knowledge of Queensland's building and plumbing legislation, and town planning and engineering experience, which assists in delivering a totally independent and thorough assessment of your building project.

Our helpful staff are happy to provide general advice on the current requirements for all types of building work to ensure your asset is protected and complies with local and state laws.

For Building enquiries please contact our friendly Building Team on:

T | 07 3810 6120 F | 07 3281 7085 E |

Office Hours | Monday to Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm excluding public holidays.

Street Address | Ground Floor of the Administration Building - 45 Roderick Street, Ipswich.
Postal Address | Building Branch - PO Box 191, Ipswich QLD 4305 Australia.

Dial-before-you-digDial Before You Dig call 1100 or visit the website to find out what services are underground before carrying out any ground works

For information on: Sewer blockages, water main breaks, leaking water meters, building over a sewer application, water connections and town water enquiries please contact

Queensland Urban Utilities
Phone: 13 26 57 weekdays 7am to 7pm
13 23 64 24hr service for faults and emergency service