Brisbane City Council – City Plan Updates

Dwelling House (Small Lot) Code Interpretation Guidelines Brisbane City Council have recently published interpretation material for the Dwelling house (small lot) code. It seeks to deliver guidance on how development can provide car accommodation that does not visually dominate the appearance of a dwelling house when viewed from the street. The guidance material focuses on the [...]

2017-11-22T06:27:55+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Industry Update|

Determining ground level and building height

We are often asked by builders and development proponents how to determine building height and what constitutes a storey. These questions are important as strict height limits can apply.  For example, in Brisbane the Low density residential zone specifies a maximum height of 9.5m and two storeys in most instances.  Clearly understanding building height early [...]

2017-11-15T10:14:01+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Industry Update|

Secondary Dwellings and Rooming Accommodation

Secondary dwellings (also known as granny flats) and Rooming accommodation, are becoming increasingly popular across Brisbane and other regions within south-east Queensland. We are often asked what is the difference between the two types of developments and when town planning approval is required. Read on if you would like to find out the answers. Secondary [...]

2017-11-15T10:14:01+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Industry Update|

Traditional Building Character Houses in Brisbane

Traditional building character (TBC) houses, also commonly referred to as “Queenslanders” are remnants of Brisbane’s pre-war heritage and are considered by many to be an iconic feature in several of Brisbane’s older residential suburbs. The majority of these dwellings located in residential areas are protected under Brisbane City Council’s Traditional Building Character (TBC) Overlay, which [...]

2017-11-15T10:14:01+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Industry Update|

Changing Development Applications or Approvals

Do you need to change an existing development approval or extend buildings that were previously approved? Situations arise where changes to an existing development approval, including the design of a proposed development, or changes to development approval conditions are needed. Increasingly we are asked to now extend buildings, obtain approvals or make other changes to [...]

2017-11-15T10:14:02+00:00 November 21st, 2016|Industry Update|

Industry Update September 2016 – Transport Noise Corridors

To view this post in PDF format please follow this link: Industry Update - September 2016 HAVE YOU CONSIDERED THE IMPACTS OF TRANSPORT NOISE CORRIDORS ON YOUR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY? In September 2010, the State government made changes to the Queensland Development Code to introduce Mandatory Part 4.4 – Buildings in transport noise corridors.  Under the Code, [...]

2017-11-15T10:14:02+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Industry Update|

Industry Update August 2016 – New Maximum Infrastructure Charges

To view this post in PDF format please follow this link: Industry Update August 2016 New Maximum Infrastructure Charges The State Government sets the maximum infrastructure charges that Local Governments can levy for new development.  Up until recently, the maximum charge for a new 3 bedroom residential dwelling has been $28,000. The Planning Minister recently decided [...]

2017-11-15T10:14:02+00:00 August 16th, 2016|Industry Update|