Retrospective Building Approvals


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Retrospective Approvals

How do you know if a building on your property has been approved? Before buying a property, your legal advisor should be able to provide you with a list of approved structures on your potential purchase. Council will be able to provide you with a report of approved buildings on your property for a small fee or some may receive a letter from council about an illegal structure on their property. In most circumstances, All Construction Approvals will be able to assist you in obtaining a building approval.

Who can we help

What do you do when you build something and didn’t realise it needed a building approval or if you move into a property and find out the building approval was never received? We can assist you.

  • Commercial Builders
  • Developers
  • Architects
  • Pool Builders
  • Home Builders
  • Owner Builders
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How can we help?

We are able to help you with retrospective building approvals as long as they are in Queensland and you have all of the supporting documents and certificates to verify the stage inspections were carried out as the job progressed through the approval process.

Retrospective building approvals most commonly occur when selling a property and a solicitor carries out a property search. All Construction Approvals can assist you with rectifying them as long as you have the correct supporting documentation such as Form 16s for stage inspections along the way. We will still need to see all of the Form 16s from the contractors along the way, as well and they will need to be provided at time of the final inspection as per usual.

Do you need a retrospective building approval on a property you are trying to buy or sell? We can offer a free phone consultation to help get you started.
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The Process

Before building any structure, it is best practice to consult a building certifier. They will be able to tell you if you need a building approval or not. In most cases, in Queensland, if the building has a roof, it needs a building approval. Once you find out you have an illegal structure on your property via your solicitor or council, contact us.

We will need a set of plans, a form 15 from an engineer, information on the structure and if any inspections have been carried out, a Form 16 from the council or certifier would be best to prove each stage that has been inspected was built to code. If you do not have this information, the process can be more challenging.

The best place to start is to gather all of the information you have and call our office. We will arrange for one of the certifiers to look through the documentation you have and formulate a plan of action to obtain a building approval.

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The ACA team are here to help. We have a wealth of experience when it comes to rectifying retrospective approvals. In most cases we will be able to assist you.

When it comes to approvals that have lapsed that were previously at another certifier as long as the certifier did the right thing and sent the application to council, we should be able to track down the necessary documents and move-on from there. Please note, there is a fee from council when obtaining your records.

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All Construction Approvals are a preferred supplier for Dawsons Engineering covering all aspects of building and construction certification and approvals. A team of experts with a wealth of knowledge always providing prompt service with positive outcomes. We would highly recommend their service.

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Having used ACA for over 10 years now, I can vouch that they are amazing to work with and always provide the highest level of professional service. They are thorough, reliable and nothing is ever too much trouble. The ladies in the office are always friendly and their efficiency unparalleled. Thank you ACA for taking the stress out of getting our projects approved!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do files lapse?

Due to the Building Code of Australia and Queensland Development Code having regular changes, building approvals only last for a limited amount of time so we are able to keep these regulations in place as they change.

How long does a building approval last?

Most building approvals are good for two-years from the date of issue. Swimming pools must be checked within six months from the date of issue. Demolition approvals are good for one-year.

What if I have a development approval (DA), as well? Does that lapse with the building approval?

If you had a siting variation or code assessment, most of these last for two years. Most councils are happy to move forward with your DA as long as you have an active building approval in place. Once the building approval lapses you may need to apply for a new siting variation or code assessment, as well. Because the approval is retrospective, you will most likely have to reapply.

What do I do if my house building approval was never finalised?

If you want to proceed you will need to contact a certifier. From there, we can send you a new DA form 2 and engagement form. We will then have to assess your building approval and we will let you know if we need any further information or documentation. Please note, if you are up to the frame stage, for example, of your house, you will need proof that the slab and bond beam stage inspections have been carried out. These are usually provided to you in the form of a Form 16 inspection certificate. Our certifiers can assist you if you do not have this documentation, but there will be more fees and time involved in rectifying the approval.

How do I find out if there is an illegal structure on my property?

A property search through council will be able to provide you with a list of approved structures on the property you are looking to buy or sell. Please note, there is a fee for this service from council.

Experience Matters

With over 20 years of building approval experience, we are the most equipped to help you through the stressful process of obtaining a retrospective building approval. With our personalised, reliable and consistent service and long-standing industry relationships, you are sure to notice the ACA difference.

About All Construction Approvals

Harald and the team have been approving houses all over Queensland since 2001. The team is knowledgeable, trust-worthy and well-versed in many situations. Trusted by some of the best builders in Cairns, along with, being selected for numerous government housing projects, the ACA name has been a long-standing staple in the industry for providing consistent, quality outcomes. Our point of difference from most other certifiers is that we try to make ourselves available, as much as possible, to answer any questions you may have along the way.

Contact us today via email, phone or walk-in for a free consultation and to get an application started.

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