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Building Standards, Forms and Fact Sheets

Building is regulated by Council under the current State Government legislation, available for viewing on the Department of Housing and Public Works website.

Building Fact Sheets

Building over relevant infrastructure in Ipswich - Information Pack (PDF, 316 kb) (PDF, 226.7 KB)

Fact Sheet - Balconies, Decks, Verandah or the like   (PDF, 2.0 MB)

Fact Sheet - Carports, Sheds, Garages or the Like   (PDF, 1.8 MB)

Fact Sheet - Fences, Screens or the like (PDF, 1.8 MB)

Fact Sheet - Rainwater Tanks (PDF, 1.9 MB)

Fact Sheet - Reinstatement of a Removal Building (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Fact Sheet - Removal/Demolition of a Building or Structure (PDF, 751.7 KB)

Fact Sheet - Retaining Walls (PDF, 2.0 MB)

Fact Sheet - Swimming Pools & Spas (PDF, 590.4 KB)

Fact Sheet - Converting a Non-habitable Building into a Habitable Area (PDF, 412.7 KB)

Shipping Containers - Amenity and Aesthetics Implementation Guideline (PDF, 148.2 KB)

Building Forms

Application forms relating to building works are available from the Queensland's Planning System website.

DA Form 2 - Building work details MUST be used to make a development application involving building work.

DA Form 2 - Referral checklist for building work MUST also be completed where an aspect of the building work requires referral (including Council for matters relating to design and siting, amenity and aesthetics or removal, demolition or reinstatement of a building).

Other building forms (eg Form 15, Form 16 or Form 22) are available from the Department of Housing and Public Works website.

Amenity and Aesthetics Referral Provisions

Amenity and Aesthetics Referral Provisions (PDF, 937.5 KB)

Lodgement Checklist for Building Work

Building Application Lodgement Checklist (PDF, 471.4 KB)

Application for Referral Agency Response - Siting Variation/Amenity & Aesthetics

Referral Agency Assessment Application (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Application for Referral Agency Response - Demolition/Removal/Reinstatement

Referral Agency Assessment Application (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Building Compliance Notice

Building Compliance Notice (PDF, 488.8 KB)

Building Reinstatement Process

Building Reinstatement Process (PDF, 666.3 KB)

Request for Extension of Time to
Development Application / Permit for Building Work

Request for Extension of Time (PDF, 622.2 KB)

Soakage Pit Standard Drawing

Soakage Pit Guideline Drawing (PDF, 133 kb)

Swimming Pool & Pool Fence Checklist

Swimming Pool & Pool Fence Checklist Domestic Residential (PDF, 650.6 KB)

Swimming Pool Fencing & Others

Swimming Pool Fencing & Others - Interactive (PDF, 88 kb) (PDF, 415.2 KB)

Example Form 16:  Bushfire

Example Form 16 - Confirmation of Bushfire Protection Provisions (PDF, 360.3 KB)

Example Form 16:  Energy Efficiency

Example Form 16 – Confirmation of Energy Efficiency Requirements (PDF, 358.9 KB)

Example Form 16:  Fire Separation

Example Form 16 – Confirmation of Fire Separation Requirements (PDF, 359.1 KB)

Example Form 16:  Fluorescent Lighting

Example Form 16 – Installation of Fluorescent Lighting (PDF, 360.7 KB)

Example Form 16:  Smoke Alarms

Example Form 16 – Installation of Smoke Alarms (PDF, 367.0 KB)

Example Form 16:  Sound Insulation

Example Form 16 – Sound Insulation Requirements (PDF, 368.1 KB)

Example Form 16:  Stormwater Drainage

Example Form 16 – Stormwater Drainage Installation (PDF, 367.1 KB)
Example Form 16:  Sustainable Building               Example Form 16 – Sustainable Building (PDF, 367.1 KB)
Example Form 16:  Transport Noise Corridor Example Form 16 – Transport Noise Corridor (PDF, 359.3 KB)

Request for Variation of Development Application Fees

Subject to the crieteria contained within Section 1 - Fee Policies of the Council's Register of Fees and Charges

Request for Variation of Development Application Fees (PDF, 578.4 KB)

Note: Application forms related to Building and Plumbing legislative and regulatory requirements are available direct from the Department of Housing and Public Works website.

Building Inspections

Council's building Team forms part of the Planning and Regulatory Services Department. Are you proposing to undertake building, or remodelling work? You may require a Building Approval

To book an inspection please contact our friendly Building Team on:

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

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

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

Building Standards


How far from the boundary can you site your building?

Refer to the General Building Guidelines for Single Residential Properties (PDF, 1.2 MB).

Generally Buildings and Structures are to be positioned in accordance with Part 12, Division 6 - Residential Code of the Ipswich Planning Scheme.  Preliminary Building Approvals or building location envelopes may affect the property.  For any further Siting information please contact Council's Development Planning Branch on (07) 3810 6888


Are you in a bushfire area? Your building may require protection.

The level of protection is determined by the Australian Standard AS3959-2009.

Energy efficiency

Is your building energy efficient?

Energy Efficiency is a fast moving area of building which is regularly being updated within the building codes.

Dwellings and Units (Class 1 & 2 buildings) must have a 6 star rating. Energy consultants can compute the star rating of your building or you can use a deemed to satisfy method.

These buildings must comply with the requirements of the Queensland Development Code Parts MP4.1 - Sustainable Buildings and MP4.2 - Water Saving Targets Qld Development Code.

Owner Builder

Are you building your own home?

You are required to obtain an owner builder permit if the value of your building project exceeds $11,000.00 further details can be obtained from the: Queensland Building and Construction Commission website.

Swimming Pools and Spas

Fact Sheet - Swimming Pools and Spas
(PDF, 590.4 KB)

Application Lodgement Checklist - Swimming Pool and Pool Fence
(PDF, 650.6 KB)

Decks and Balconies

If you are the owner of a house, unit or other building with a balcony or deck - whether it is made from timber, metal concrete or other material - you should carry out regular inspections of the structure to help ensure its safety.

A deck, balcony and window safety guideline (PDF, 984 kb) has been developed to help building owners, occupiers and managers carry out inspections on balustrades, decks and balconies in order to check their safety.  It also contains useful information about safety issues associated with elevated floors and opening windows.

Deck and balcony safety

In recent years a number of deaths and serious injuries have occurred as a result of falls from decks, balconies and windows, or from the collapse of decks and balconies.

Inspecting decks and balconies

Decks and balconies should be carefully inspected for things like decaying timbers, unstable balustrades, corrosion, termite attack and warping or cracking.

Maintaining decks and balconies

Decks and balconies require regular maintenance to help ensure the structure is safe.

Private Certifier Information Request form

Private Certifier Information Request (PDF, 1.6 MB)