Building Approvals

Building Certifiers Gold Coast

Whether building a residential development, commercial premises, or an additional structure on an existing property, building approval and certification is required to ensure safety and compliance to the relevant building codes in your area. 

What is a building certification?

In Queensland, it's required by law for buildings and structures to be evaluated against the building assessments provisions.

These provisions include:

  • The Building Code of Australia (Volumes 1 & 2 of the National Construction Code.)
  • Queensland Development Code.
  • Various other regulations in Queensland.

How much does a building certification cost?

Obtaining a building approval is a small but necessary investment to protect your assets.

When you receive a building approval you:

  • Maximise the sale value of your property.
  • Comply with local council as well as state and federal law.
  • Reduce your risk.

Why do I need a building certification?

Obtaining a building certification through a private certifier confirms that your structure is compliant with local council and state/federal law. This also covers any developments or subdivisions planned for the future.

What is a Private Building Certifier?

A Private Certifier is a building specialist or Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) who is authorised to examine and approve building/construction work.

It is the PCA's job to verify that building work complies with authorised plans and state legal standards.

When do I need building certification?

Any structure that is built on your block of land will most likely require a building certification to comply with local city council, state and federal building laws.

This approval should be obtained BEFORE any construction work takes place.

No matter the size or scope of your building project, iCertified's professional private building certifiers on the Gold Coast will provide the highest level of service. Our experienced building industry professionals can certify your project through all stages of the build to ensure a smooth process.

Arrange a building approval: 1300 899 078 or book online.

 

Building Approvals & Certification

If you are undertaking construction work of any kind or altering or repairing structural building work, by law you must get the required building approvals and permits from a licensed and registered private building certifier.

Our certifiers on the Gold Coast can provide the necessary permits so your residential building or commercial project can begin without delay, while remaining compliant with regulatory bodies.

As part of the compliancy process, a certifier is required to regularly inspect building projects during the design, each stage of construction and on completion to ensure that the building work complies with the initial plans, as well as the necessary building standards and codes for Queensland.

The building certifier also looks after the relevant approvals and documentation required throughout the build process, which must be lodged with your local council.

iCertified's team of qualified inspectors are:

 

Private Building Certification Services

iCertified are experienced with the entire building certification process in Queensland and will assess building works from start to finish.

Building Design Stage

While the building is being designed we can provide assistance through:

  • Comprehensive building advice
  • Assessing and approving building plans
  • Town planning
  • Energy efficiency
  • Ensuring the building meets Local Government requirements
  • Confirming the building is suitable for occupancy

Building Construction & Completion Stage

During the construction process our services include:

  • Site inspections at mandatory stages such as:
    • Foundations and excavation stage
    • Slab stage (prior to pouring concrete)
    • Building frame stage (prior to masonry, cladding or lining)
    • Final stage (after the building work has been completed)
  • We provide ongoing advice in compliance with Building Approval documents
  • We complete the final certification for your project in conformity with the supporting certification and documentation
  • We issue the final Certification documentation to the building owner and local government

 

What types of building works require a permit?

Our accredited building certifiers on the Gold Coast provide building approvals for the following types of works:

  • Construction of new dwellings/homes
  • Renovations and extensions to existing homes
  • Balconies, patios, verandas and decks
  • Garages, carports and sheds
  • Swimming pools and fences (we also provide pool safety certificates)
  • Retaining walls
  • As constructed Approvals
  • Shop fit-outs
  • Termite repair certification
  • And many more types of structures, both residential and commercial.

When building approval may not be required

In some instances, a building approval isn't required, such as:

  • Minor home renovations;
  • The construction of small sheds, stables or similar up to 10m2, other than in a tropical cyclone area (sometimes called ‘accepted developments.’)
  • A 1m high retaining wall (if no loads are imposed above it, such as a building or driveway)
  • A fence no more than 2m high (not including swimming pool fencing).
  • Minor attachments fixed to a building, such as a sunhood no more than 1m from the building.
  • Repairs and maintenance to existing buildings.
  • The construction of playground equipment no more than 3m high.

However, even in these cases you may still be required to get an approval from Gold Coast City Council or from your local government (source: Business QLD).

A private certifier from iCertified will be able to advise you on whether or not a building approval is actually required.

It can be a costly mistake to conduct any building work without the appropriate approvals so it's best to check with a professional before commencing any construction work.

Check with our experienced Gold Coast certifiers on 1300 899 078.

 

Why do you need a Building Approval?

Building Approvals ensure the safety of a building project structure and are assessed against the Building Code of Australia and the Building and Plumbing Regulations (Queensland).

A licenced building certifier is responsible for checking whether the proposed work is compliant with the Building Act 1975. This includes the following areas:

  • Will the building be safe, and designed and constructed soundly?
  • Does the building have the correct level of fire safety?
  • Will the building be appropriately protected from pests?
  • Will the building be adequately drained and sewered?
  • Will the building meet minimum energy and water efficiency standards?

 

Contact us for Building Approvals

Don't delay in organising your building approvals and risking non-compliance. Let us help make sure your building project is compliant with industry standards and regulations.

Our accredited private building certifiers on the Gold Coast provide an efficient and professional certification service helping make sure your project runs on time and without unnecessary delays - Call us on 1300 899 078.

Service Area

We service South East Queensland including the Gold Coast & Brisbane as well as the Sunshine Coast and Northern NSW. 

Call us on 1300 899 078 or fill out our enquiry form to discuss your building approval needs.

 

Page last updated: 29-07-2021

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