When considering the placement of structures on a property, standard boundary setbacks and the location of Council owned underground services (stormwater) or drainage easements need to be considered.
Private building certifiers are able to provide technical advice as to the best placement for a structure, taking into account all other legislative requirements.
Setbacks for structures / Amenity and aesthetics
When considering the placement of structures on a property, private building certifiers take into account the standard boundary setbacks as determined by the Queensland Development Code (QDC) and the MBRC Planning Scheme. In line with Council's Amenity and aesthetics policy(PDF, 128KB) they may also consider if there will be an adverse effect on the amenity or character of the locality in which the work is proposed to be carried out.
Private building certifiers will lodge the application on the customer's behalf.
Applications can be made directly to Council on the understanding the applicant provides a copy of the approval to the private building certifier.
Lodging an application
- Sign in to MBRC Online Services (Instructions)
- Go to 'Enquiries'
- Find 'Development - Concurrence Agency Referral/Advice' and click 'Start' to begin the process.
Alternatively, download and complete the Concurrence agency referral - Class 1a and 10 buildings and structures(PDF, 697KB) application form.
There are no requirements for an adjoining owner / neighbour to be advised of proposed development, however Council may in some instances request a statement from a neighbour. It is always beneficial to communicate with neighbours about any planned development requiring this type of approval.
Minor amendments to concurrence approvals
Customers wishing to make minor amendments to an existing application decision that is within the currency period noted on the approval by the private certifier (i.e. relocation of building or structure) must complete the Minor amendment to concurrence agency in relation to Class 1a and 10 building and structures application(PDF, 228KB) and pay the relevant fee.
Building over or adjacent to a stormwater or within council easement
Private certifiers will obtain the relevant plans to determine the exact location of the easement/stormwater service. Where building work is proposed to be constructed near Council’s stormwater mains or drainage easements, an approval may be required.
Council does not generally approve the erection of buildings over or in drainage easements.
A private certifier will lodge the Building over or adjacent to a stormwater main or within a council easement application(PDF, 247KB) on the customer’s behalf.
A deed of indemnity(PDF, 145KB) is also required to be completed by the property owner/s as part of the application.