Deck Plans Council Regulations
"Do I need a council permit" is a question we are asked for every deck project
Most Australian homes have an outdoor area where to sit and relax and a well built and thoughtfully planned out deck, brings so many benefits to a home. It is an outdoor feature that adds a monetary value to the property and a lifestyle value for the residents.
Generally speaking, approvals or planning considerations need to be done for all building projects including decks
Permits are called Approvals and they fall into two categories - Planning and Building and your council looks after both of them
Planning Approvals are the legal process to getting Permission to make changes to your land or property
It relates to what your local council allows to happen with in its borders and EVERY council in Australia has different legislation as to what it allows. For most properties in the Brisbane City council - A deck will not require Planning Approval from the council
Be aware that there are different zoning and regulation guidelines all dependent upon your property's land size and where your property is situated. Homes in a Character Residential zone may need to get Planning Approval for a deck.
Please see here for the Brisbane City Council's information page
For the Redlands City Council area there are less Planning considerations to be taken on board and you can see the information here
Building Approvals - Involves the actual plan or design of the deck and a description of materials used.
These are then submitted to either a local certifier or to the local council
See The Brisbane Council Page here for more info
When building a deck - Some will need a Building approval
It will come down to the size of the deck and the height they are off the ground
To avoid needing a building approval from the council - PLEASE NOTE that the rules can change at anytime and we can help you step through this process.
The general guidelines are:
The deck is to be smaller than 10 square meters
The height of the deck must be 1 metre or under off the ground
The deck should not have a side longer than 5 metres
The deck follows the safety guidelines mentioned in the Queensland Development Code
We are always on hand to give our customers the correct and current information as to what is required in their local council area for all permits and approvals and to ensure the work carried out is always up to the current standards and passes all legislation.
We are licensed Brisbane deck builders so you can be assured you will have a quality deck built for you.
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