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Updated 20th February, 2023

People are always super eager to start their building project and sometimes ask us, “Can we start building without approval?”. I would not recommend that. It is generally not allowed to start building work before obtaining the necessary building approval in Queensland. Building work must comply with the Building Act 1975 and the Building Code of Australia, which includes obtaining the appropriate permits and approvals before commencing any construction work.

Building work can only be started after you have obtained the necessary approvals from a private certifier, and you have been issued with a building permit. The building permit will outline the approved plans and specifications for the construction project, and it will also specify any conditions that must be met during the building process.

It’s important to note that starting building work without the necessary approvals can result in serious consequences, including fines, legal action, and even having to remove the construction work. In addition, unapproved building work may also cause issues with insurance coverage and could impact the sale of the property in the future.

If you’re planning a construction project in Queensland, it’s best to consult with a qualified building certifier to ensure that you have obtained all the necessary approvals and permits before starting the building work.

 

Video Transcript:

People are always super eager to get started on their building project and sometimes ask us, “Can we start building without approval?”. I would not recommend that. Council are very, very observant and they will catch you. So, best to wait that extra week or so, do the right thing and get started properly.

To find out about approval timeframes and to discuss your building project, call our office at any time.

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