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October 1, 2018

How long does it take to get a building approval?

People often ask us, “How long does it take to get a building approval through?” Well, if all your paperwork is in order and your plans are correct, we can approve it for you virtually there and then. Most cases though there’s some sort of constraint on your property and…
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August 8, 2018

What does a private building certifier do?

We often get asked, "What does a private certifier do?" Well, under the Building Act, we have the ability to issue building approvals and undertake inspections, with the same power as what council used to have. There aren't many councils left that actually issue building approvals anymore. A private certifier…
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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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February 19, 2018

NCC BCA 2019 Public Comment Draft – What’s Changing?

Recently, the Australian Building Codes Board released a public comment draft of the National Construction Code Building Code of Australia 2019. You are able to submit comments regarding the changes until the close of business Friday the 13th of April 2018. The Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) will also…
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December 7, 2017

What Class of Building is it?

There are ten types of building classifications under the Building Code of Australia. Have you ever wondered what class of building you live, work or play in? Well, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has recently released a document that makes it easy to determine building classification. When it…
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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,…