Are you wanting to make renovations, additions or alterations to your home and unsure when you need a building approval?
For the most part, you will need a building approval when you are changing something structurally within the house. For example, you want to add a couple of rooms to your existing home, change your garage into a habitable room or knock a wall down that is used to stabilise the home.
You may be confused as to why you would need to get a permit to change a garage into a habitable room seeing you aren’t structurally changing anything, but what you are doing is changing the classification of the room. A garage is a Class 10a structure and a habitable area is class 1a. A class 10a has different standards than a habitable room a Class 1a structure. Two major differences are the height of the slab above adjacent ground level and ceiling heights. A habitable room needs much more than a garage.
If you are unsure it is best to contact us to see if the proposed changes will be affected by the Queensland Development Code or the Building Code of Australia.