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

Building Fact Sheets

Building over relevant infrastructure in Ipswich - Information Pack

Fact Sheet - Balconies, Decks, Verandah or the like

Fact Sheet - Carports, Sheds, Garages or the Like

Fact Sheet - Class 1a, Dwellings & Auxiliary Dwelling & Alterations & Additions to existing dwelling Council's Building Certification Services

Fact Sheet - Fences, Screens or the like

Fact Sheet - Rainwater Tanks

Fact Sheet - Removal/Demolition of a Building or Structure

Fact Sheet - Retaining Walls

Fact Sheet - Swimming Pools & Spas

Fact Sheet - Converting a Non-habitable Building into a Habitable Area

Fact Sheet - Removal/Decommissioning of a Swimming Pool, Spa or Portable Pool

Fact Sheet - Equipotential Bonding Around a Swimming Pool

Building Forms (Planning Act 2016)

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 mandatory building forms (eg Form 15, Form 16 or Form 22) are available from the Queensland Government website.

Guidelines and other recommended forms for the Building Act 1975 – Form 33, 34, and 39 are available from the Queensland Government website.

Guidelines for the inspection of Class 1 and 10 buildings and structures.

Guidelines for the inspection of Class 2 to 9 buildings.

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Lodgement Checklist for Building Work

Building Application Lodgement Checklist

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)

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

Request for Extension of Time

Soakage Pit Standard Drawing

Soakage Pit Guideline Drawing (PDF, 133 kb)

Swimming Pool & Pool Fence Checklist

Swimming Pool & Pool Fence Checklist Domestic Residential

Swimming Pool Fencing & Others

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

Private Certifier Information Request Form

Private Certifier Information Request

Application for Acceptance as a Competent PersonApplication for Acceptance as a Competent Person

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

Amenity and Aesthetics Referral Provisions

By way of Council resolution on 28 October 2019, revised Amenity and Aesthetics Referral Provisions were adopted with an effective date of 1 December 2019.  The 'Amenity and Aesthetics Referral Provisions 2019' are supported by a series of Implementation Guidelines addressing application considerations and requirements.

Adopted referral provisions effective as at 1 December 2019
Amenity and Aesthetics Referral Provisions 2019
(PDF, 756.3 KB)
Implementation Guideline No. 1 - Transportable Buildings (Shipping Containers, Train Carriages, Demountable Buildings and the like)
(PDF, 734.1 KB)
Implementation Guideline No. 2 - Oversized Class 10 Buildings and Structures
(PDF, 744.0 KB)
Implementation Guideline No. 3 - Demolition. Removal or Relocation of a Building
(PDF, 743.1 KB)
Referral Agency Application Forms
Application for Referral Agency Response - Siting Variation/Amenity & Aesthetics
(PDF, 1.3 MB)
Application for Referral Agency Response - Demolition/Removal/Reinstatement
(PDF, 1.1 MB)

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 6666 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, 1 Nicholas Street, Ipswich
Postal Address l Building Team - 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.