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Certification & Approvals Certification & Approvals


State government regulations require anyone planning to commence building work to first obtain a building permit. Work includes renovations, alterations or additions, construction of retaining walls, carports and swimming pools.


Building certifiers are responsible for assessing whether proposed building work complies with all relevant provisions of the Building Act and associated standards. The building certifier who issues the building permit must also carry out inspections to determine if the building work complies with the approval.

Building certifiers can provide general advice about compliance of building work with the legislation. They are not permitted to design the building or carry out any of the work. Appropriate design professionals can provide specialist advice on building applications.

A number of private building certification companies operate on the Sunshine Coast.

Building approvals

Most types of building work requires a building approval. You can obtain a building approval and general information from a private building certifier.

Contact Council to enquire about:

  • whether you need a building approval
  • how to apply for a building approval
  • standards applicable to building work.

Alternatively, a private building certifier should be able to assist.

Private building certifiers are not authorised to approve any building work that is contrary to the local planning scheme or the Queensland Development Code.  If there is any uncertainty as to whether the proposed structure complies with the requirements of the local planning scheme or the Queensland Development Code, Council recommends property owners complete a Town Planning Appraisal Application [120KB].

A building application that requires a variation to the requirements of the Queensland Development Code or the local planning scheme must be submitted to Council prior to the building certifier granting approval. For variations, complete a request for Referral Agency Response for Building Works [380KB].

Refer to the  Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning for the range of IDAS (Integrated Development Assessment System) forms for development applications. 

Solar installations

For domestic class 1 and 10 buildings and classes 2-9 commercial buildings, a licensed plumber must be engaged and a Notifiable Works (Form 4) with a fee must be submitted to the Plumbing Industry Council.

See also: Building Codes Queensland.

Plumbing approvals

All plumbing work in Queensland is regulated by the state government legislative requirements. Recent changes to legislation have affected the way council assesses plumbing work.

Contact a plumbing officer for information about plumbing approvals on (07) 5329 6480.

Plumbing legislation

Plumbing is regulated by Council under the current state government legislation, available for viewing on the Department of Local Government and Planning website.

  • Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002
  • Amendments to Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002
  • Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003
  • Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003
  • Amendments to Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003 and the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003
  • Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code


For more information or further assistance, please contact Building & Plumbing Services on (07) 5329 6480.

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