In Queensland, prior to 1998, all building work was required to be approved by the building surveyor at your local government. Since then most building work is approved by privately engaged Building Certifiers. These Building Certifiers must be licensed with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission. Make sure you engage the correct certifier for your project.
Building Certifier – Level 1 - may perform building certifying functions for all classes of buildings and structures. The Building Approval Company team includes Level 1 certifiers.
Building Certifier – Level 2 - may only perform building certifying functions on buildings and structures having a rise of no more than 3 storeys and a total floor area no more than 2000m2;
Building Certifier – Level 3 - may only perform building certifying functions on class 1 buildings or class 10 buildings or structures.
Building work over the value of $11,000 may only be issued to a QBCC licensed builder or an Owner Builder Permit holder. You can apply with your local QBCC for one owner builder permit every 6 years.
The value of work must be calculated to include the full cost of materials and the labour cost, the amount a licensed contractor would charge, regardless of whether it’s provided free of charge.
Typically, the QBCC take up to 4 weeks to process an application for Owner Builder Permit.
If the building has already been constructed, you can apply to the QBCC for a “Work Already Completed Application-Owner Builder”. The approval letter informs the Building Certifier that no insurance premium is payable for the work.
Yes, if all the required information is detailed, and the plans are to scale.
In our experience, the investment in properly drawn plans provides many cost and time savings throughout the construction phase – particularly if engaging contractors.
You have a few options:
You can disclose that information to your estate agent and intend to sell your property as is. The risk with this option is it will likely reduce your sale price.
Another option, is to get the addition approved retrospectively.
The resolution and certification of unauthorised building work can be a complex procedure and the time and cost associated with the approval of the works will depend heavily on the circumstances, documentation, timeframe, access and workmanship associated with the unauthorised works.
To determine the best approach, we’d recommend our professional staff undertake a Preliminary Inspection to determine the extent of works required – depending on the scale of the project, this will require a small investment of around $400.