Building applications for dwellings and additions

To help you with your building application for a dwelling or addition, we have provided the following information which includes the step by step process. 

Any building work must:

  • be contained within the property boundaries;
  • be clear of Council stormwater or sewer drains;
  • be clear of any registered easements; and
  • not be attached to a fence dividing allotments.

Before any building work commences, we recommend that you contact Council to obtain a copy of the household drainage plan.

All building work must comply with relevant building regulations and codes as well as Council's policies, local laws and the planning schemes, however, not all work will require a development permit.

Applications that are missing key information may experience processing delays. 

Process for building applications

Step 1 - Comply with the adopted amenity and aesthetics resolution

Council, as a concurrence agency, will determine the suitability of the proposed structure and where necessary provide reasonable and relevant conditions in line with the Amenity and Aesthetics resolution section 4(d) Table 3 Assessment Criteria as identified below:

Class 1a (including relocation and resiting dwelling houses, or the reclassification of Class 10 buildings)

PC1 Dwelling houses are of a size, bulk and form that is in keeping with the character of the area.

PC2 The location of the dwelling house provides for an acceptable streetscape and does not adversely impact upon the amenity of neighbouring properties. 

PC3 Resiting or relocating of a dwelling house does not have an adverse impact on the amenity of the area for an extended period of time and has a reasonable standard of construction. 

Note: In accordance with Schedule 7 Table 1 Item 25 of the SPR, Council may set a security bond, of no more than the value of the building work, for the performance of the work.

Step 2 - Determine if a plumbing application is required

Not all plumbing works will require approval from Council.

Your licenced plumber or building certifier can help you determine if the work is notifiable or compliance assessable.

Step 3 - Complete the checklist

Complete the Class 1a Checklist or the Reclassification Checklist to ensure you have met all the requirements for Council to process your application. 

Your plans must contain the following:

  • appropriately scaled and dimensioned drawings comprising floor plans, elevations and sections of the proposed building are required and should include the following details:
    • details of the use, floor areas and facilities
    • the overall height in relation to the natural ground level
    • the height of the floor/s above the proposed ground level
  • the name of the person responsible for the documents with registration/licence number (where applicable) shown on every sheet.
  • show compliance with the Building Code of Australia, AS1684.2 and the Building Regulation 2006.
  • include a structural member schedule, window schedule, bracing plan, tie down details, member sizes and elevations showing levels.
    • bracing details must include location, type and method of fixing all bracing walls and sub floor bracing.
    • tie down details must include location, type and method of fixing of all tie down members.  Also showing a continuous means of tie down from the footings through to the roof battens.
    • the window schedule must indicate the type and sizes of all windows

The site plan must be drawn to a suitable scale and show:

  • the scale clearly, indicating the north point
  • the allotment boundary dimensions
  • proposed setbacks to the building from boundaries and any easements
  • existing structures and appropriate uses
  • easements on the property
  • service locations eg. sewer, water and septic tanks and soakage trenches
  • the method of stormwater disposal (including location and size of all rainwater tanks and the location and size of all down pipes and pipes leading to the tank/s)
  • the extent of any earthworks - any cut and fill operations
  • the type of retaining structure or slope protection required with levels and heights nominated
  • any means of site drainage
  • floor level in relation to proposed finished ground levels adjacent to the building

Step 4 - Complete the Development Assessment (DA) Forms

These are State Government forms and not all questions will be applicable to your application.

Step 5 - Submit your application

You can submit your application to Council:

  • in person at:

Planning and Development
29 Channon Street
Gympie, Qld

  • by post to: (please include a cheque for the applicable fees)

Gympie Regional Council
PO Box 155
Gympie, Qld 4570

Step 6 - Approval and inspections

Once building approval has been granted, a development application decision notice and approved plans will be sent to you.

The permit number is located at the top of the approval and is needed to book any inspections.

Details of the required inspections are contained in the decision notice conditions.

Inspections can be booked via email on b& or by phoning (07) 5481 0400.

Please allow for 24 hours notice for all inspections. 

Please allow a one-hour variation to the requested time for an inspection.

Step 7 - Final inspection and Form 21 Certificate

The final inspection checks on any previous outstanding items and the collection of certificates such as termite protection, wet area membrane installation, glazing, and certification of engineer designed elements such as roof trusses.

This information can be found in your Development Permit Decision Notice. The final inspection will cover aspects such as:

  • the control and discharge of stormwater
  • the height of the floor above ground
  • support of any earthworks necessary to protect the building and other property
  • protection against water penetration
  • fire safety issues such as smoke alarms
  • room ventilation
  • vermin proofing
  • sub-floor ventilation
  • termite protection and re-treatment notice
  • stairs, handrails and balustrades
  • swimming pool fencing.