Building applications for removal of structures
To help you with your building application for a relocated building or addition, we have provided the following information which includes the step by step process.
Removal house applications are processed in two (2) stages:
The first stage is the assessment of the proposed building against Council's Amenity & Aesthetics Resolution (A & A). Only upon the successful completion of this part can the application proceed to the second stage.
The proposal must satisfy the Performance Criteria contained within table 3 of the (A & A) Amenity & Aesthetics Resolution.
The second stage is the actual Building & Plumbing works application, where a Development Permit will be issued.
Applications without all the necessary information may experience processing delays.
Currency period for a resited dwelling
The currency period for a resited dwelling is 12 months. Full reinstatement of the building including all plumbing work must be completed within the 12 month period from the date of approval.
If works remain incomplete by the end of the currency period, you will need to apply for an extension before the currency period lapses. Extensions are not guaranteed, and each situation is assessed on its individual circumstances.
Step 1 - Lodging an Amenity and Aesthetics Application
For any removal or relocatable building being re-established within the region, you will need to lodge an Amenity and Aesthetics Application.
A building approval to commence removal operations can only be given after the Amenity & Aesthetics approval has been issued.
"Amenity": Means the attractiveness or pleasant quality of a neighbourhood.
Factors which may result in an extremely adverse effect on the amenity of a locality include:
- Loss of natural light, direct sunlight, breezes, visual privacy, acoustic separation and outlook;
- Incompatible land use, eg. Over-development in a semi-rural area;
- Excessive site cover, insufficient separation between buildings and overshadowing; and
- Lack of landscaped area.
"Aesthetics": Means the character of a locality as dictated by the architectural style and features of the buildings in the locality.
Factors which may result in a building being in extreme conflict with the character of a locality include:
- Conflicting architectural style - eg. A contemporary house in a heritage area;
- Building form - eg. High-set, low-set, slab on ground, or two storey;
- Construction materials - eg. Reflective characteristics of roofs;
- Visual impact - eg. Extensive exposed cut and fill embankments in hilly terrain.
Step 2 - Complete the Development Assessment (DA) Forms for Amenity and Aesthetics Application
Step 3 - Supporting information for Amenity and Aesthetics Lodgement
One (1) set of colour photographs showing all four elevations of the existing building in its current location, plus some internal aspects of the structure.
Three (3) sets each of the following or (two (2) sets if Owner Builder):
- an accurate site plan drawn to scale with -
i. boundary dimensions,
ii. street name,
iii. north point,
iv. proposed setback dimensions, the footprint of the proposed building and any existing
v. existing levels and contours,
vi. new finished levels,
vii. cut and fill and extent of any retaining walls, (if any)
viii. the location of existing neighbouring buildings and the road,
ix any boundary variation clearances required, if such setbacks are encroached in accordance with the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme.
- a floor plan to scale for the existing building.
- a brief description of any intended alterations, additions or renovations; for example:
i. new roof sheeting and guttering,
ii. replace flooring,
iii. remodel all bathrooms,
iv. reline internal walls,
v. build in under the structure,
vi. rearrange room layout,
vii. repaint all exterior wall cladding,
viii. addition of verandah.
- Copy of an Engineer's Report on the condition of the building and its suitability to be relocated.
As part of its assessment process Council will carry out an on-site inspection to observe the proposed new siting for the dwelling and to assess compliance with the Amenity and Aesthetics Resolution.
Should Council approve the proposal, you will be issued a Concurrence Agency Response.
It will advise such aspects as the amount of Surety Bond required, contract removalist bond amount and route survey fee to be paid.
These are to be paid prior to the building and plumbing approval decision notice being issued, allowing you to move the building onto the site
Step 4 - Surety Bond
A surety cash bond of minimum $25,000 to a maximum of $50,000 will be required to ensure that all works, installation, repairs are carried out within the stipulated timeframe to meet the conditions of approval.
On satisfactory completion of various pre-determined stages of the work, partial refund of the surety bond will be released by application to the Council. (see below).
Surety Bond Refund Inspections
The surety bond amounts are traditionally refunded at or determined stages of construction.
1. Once the house has been re-instated on stumps and tie-down has been achieved and an inspection carried out (or proof from a Private Certifier or Engineer of his inspection), Council will release the first part of the removal surety bond. (approx. 25% - 33⅓%).
2. Once onsite sewerage facility (when required) has been installed and Council's Plumbing Inspectors have conducted an external drainage inspection Council will release the second part release of the surety bond. (approx. 25% - 33⅓%).
3. At final stage of building works, once all inspections have been completed and all certificates have been received by Council, (ensuring compliance has been achieved) the remaining surety bond amount will be released. (full balance returned).
To request the release of bond, please complete the Request for Partial/Full Release of Surety Bond form and a New Creditor Details form to provide bank account details for funds to be transferred straight into your bank account.
Please note: Bond money can only be refunded to the same name as the originally paid surety bond receipt. If the bond refund is to be paid to a different person, a statutory declaration must be received from the person whose name is on the original receipt, stating that they wish the bond to be paid to another party.
Route Survey Fee
Prior to moving the building from its original site, a route survey fee is to be paid to Council to inspect the route before and after the building has been moved into, or passed through the region. Note: This fee is not refundable.
Removalist Bond to cover damage to Infrastructure
Prior to moving the building from its original site, the contract removalist is to lodge a bond with Council to cover any damage to public infrastructure within the region such as roads, bridges and signs.
This bond is refunded only if no damage occurs. Council will inspect the route prior to and following the moving of the building.
The removalist shall forward details of the plan of the intended travel route of the removal vehicles for Council approval and this information is to be submitted to the Council prior to the removal of the dwelling.
The plan must show the route from the proposed site up to the boundary of the region.
Once the proposed route has been received through Main Roads, a Final Approval letter will be issued to the removalist.
Step 5 - Disconnection of Sewerage Service (for removal from a sewered site within the region)
Step 7 - Plumbing application
Step 8 - Complete the checklist
Complete the Class 1 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
- Energy Efficiency Assessment Report & design Certificate (form 15)
- Engineer's Report detailing reinstatement tie-down requirements and a form 15
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 9 - Complete the Development Assessment (DA) forms
Step 10 - Submit your application
You can submit your application to Council:
- in person at
Planning and Development
29 Channon Street
- by post to (please include a cheque for the applicable fees)
Gympie Regional Council
PO Box 155
Gympie, Qld 4570
Step 11 - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning (07) 5481 0400.
Please allow for 24 hours notice for all inspections and a one-hour variation to the requested time for an inspection.
Step 12 - Final inspection and Form 21 Certificate
The final inspection checks on any previous outstanding items and the collection of certificates and form 15's/16's for such items 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