Inspection timing for approved building permits

Mandatory inspections must be carried out on all approved building permits. The builder must notify the building certifier (in writing or otherwise) when building work is ready for inspection.

The inspection will ensure that the building work is being carried out in accordance with the building permit and relevant building standards. Building inspections for the construction of a house must be performed at the following stages:

  • footing - inspection of the foundation material and the reinforcing steel before concrete is placed
  • slab - a check on the bearing capacity of the soil, and inspection of the moisture-proof barrier and the reinforcing steel before concrete is placed
  • frame - inspection of the frame including timber sizes, fixing, tie-down and bracing before the cladding or wall linings are fixed
  • final - check 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.

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
  • toilet door swing
  • vermin proofing
  • sub-floor ventilation
  • termite protection and re-treatment notice
  • stairs, handrails and balustrades
  • swimming pool fencing.

More details on the legislative requirements concerning inspections can be found in Part 8 of the Building Regulation 2006 .

Inspections may be requested by phoning the Building section on (07) 5481 0490. Please allow a minimum of 24 hours notice for all inspections booked via phone.

Inspections can also be requested via email on, however these requests will require additional advance notice. Note that inspection time may vary due to constraints and occasional delays. 


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