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May 12, 2020

Understanding Passive Fire Protection for Service Penetrations

What is Passive Fire Protection? Most of us are familiar with sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers, but what about the parts of the building you cannot readily see? Passive Fire Protection involves creating physical barriers which are designed to stop fire from spreading from one building to another, or from…
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September 19, 2019

Designing and Building to Accommodate Earthquake Loads

Did you know, designing and building to accommodate earthquake loads has become the latest “hot topic” with the new BCA 2019 being implemented? This little gem affects any dwelling that falls outside the parameters in Appendix A of AS1170.4 and pretty much any commercial building. The biggest factor that affects…
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September 5, 2019

Mamma Mia Featuring Our Own Harald Weber

SHOWING SOON at a Theatre Near You in 2020 ... Our Own Harald Weber The Cairns Choral Society is bringing the hit musical show, Mamma Mia, to Cairns in 2020 and our own Harald Weber has landed a role! The musical is set on a colourful Greek island and follows…
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June 26, 2019

New Plumbing & Drainage Act 2019

As of the 1st of July 2019, the new Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018 and the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2019 will be commencing. As always, we will still lodge water and plumbing applications on your behalf to council at no additional cost, this is just part of our service…
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April 10, 2018

New Lower Rates for Tablelands Inspections

What’s New? We are now offering local Cairns rates for Tablelands Regional Council and Mareeba Shire Council approvals. What does this mean for you? Not only will you receive GREAT service, FREE advice and TIMELY approvals, you will also receive discounted inspection rates. About Us All Construction Approvals (ACA) is…
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August 17, 2017

What triggers the requirement for an owner builder’s permit?

People often ask, what triggers the requirement for owner builder's permit or for my builder to pay the Queensland Building Construction Commission insurance? When the cost of work is $11,000 including GST, an owner builder’s permit is required or when a registered builder is on the job, the cost of…
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July 2, 2017

Do I need approval for my shed?

When you're buying a garden shed, don’t believe everything you're hearing from the salesman – he just wants to sell you the shed. You do need a building approval for garden sheds, even the smallest of garden sheds.  In Cairns and the far north region, we are affected by cyclones,…
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June 9, 2017

Do I require an inspection?

We often get asked, do I require inspections during the construction of my building project? It depends on what you are building. If it’s habitable, yes, you will need at least a slab, block work inspection, if you are doing masonry construction, a timber frame inspection and a final inspection.…
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May 20, 2017

Can I change my building plans?

We often get asked, once we have issued our building approval, can I change my plans after they have been approved or do I have to lodge a whole new application? No, you don’t need to lodge a new application. Just come and see us, there is a little bit…
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April 30, 2017

Can I build in under my house?

We often get asked, why can’t I just build-in under my house? It’s under the roof. Yes, it’s under the roof but unfortunately, there is a lot of issues or a number of issues that need to be considered when in closing underneath an existing building. A lot of the…
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