The 4 Most Frequently Asked Questions Uncovered!

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Questions 1 – Can I convert a double garage into a bedroom including an ensuite and then build a double carport in front of the garage? do these changes need to be approved by council?

  • Firstly, let us talk about the garage conversion, in most cases you will be able to do this, however as you are changing the classification from a non-habitable space to a habitable space you will need to apply for council approval.
  • Secondly with adding a carport this is seen as a new structure which will need to be approved by council.

Question 2 – I want to raise my house and build underneath; will I need to have this council approved?

  • Yes, this project will need to be council approved. Raising a house means there will be structural changes to the existing posts, you will either need to replace or restructure them these changes will need to be approved by your local council.

Question 3 – I have a pergola at the back of my house can I turn this into a bedroom, and will I need to get council approval?

  • This idea is possible, as you are changing this area from an outdoor space (non – habitable space) to an indoor space (habitable space) because of this change of use this project will need council approval.

As in all construction decisions please contact your local council to seek further advise or contact us to arrange to speak with one of the private certifiers in our team.

Question 4I want to put a garden shed in my back yard; will this need council approval?

  • As a general rule based on the Queensland building ACT 1975, if the overall height is more than 2.4m, if the average height is more than 2,1m, if the total plan area is more than 10m2, if ant side of it is longer than 5m or if it’s not free standing, meaning it is attached to an existing building or structure it is more than likely you will need council approval.

*As in all construction decisions, please contact your local council to seek further advice. Or you can contact us to arrange to speak to a private certifier who is part of our team.

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