Acacia Building Approvals 
"Your design,our approval". 
 
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Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Does 'Council' undertake building approvals any more?
  • Each local authority has generally ceased having the ability to approve building applications, since building certification was privatised in 1998. Consequently, building approvals are certified by private building surveyors. 
  • What does 'Council' require from us during the building approval process? 
  • The local authority may require the following during the building approval process.
    • A "siting relaxation";
    • A "material change of use";
    • A "built over sewer".
  • Do we have to pay BSA insurance?
  • All 'building work' (as defined under the QBSA Act 1991) over the value of $3,300.00 is required by law, to have an insurance premium paid by a BSA licensed building contractor. A copy of the receipt MUST be forwarded to the building certifier prior to the approval being made.
  • Do we have to pay Portable Long Service Leave (Q-Leave) ?  
  • All work undertaken in the building and construction industry over the value of $80,000.00 attracks a levy of 0.525% of the contract price of the building works.  A copy of the receipt MUST be forwarded to the building certifier prior to the approval being made.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What paperwork do I need?
  • There are constant changes to the mandatory documentation required to be submitted for a building approval. We have included on our Forms page the latest set of documentation for this purpose. Please feel free to download these documents and send them back to us for assessment.
  • What happens when my job is completed?
  • As soon as you have engaged Acacia Building Approvals to undertake your certification work, we notify the local authority of the approval. Once the works are finalised, all of the documentation pertaining to the building work, is lodged with the local authority.
  • How often is my job inspected?
  • Depending on the type of works being approved, a final inspection is all that is required on a Class 10a shed, compared to four inspections for the Class 1a dwelling and more if the project requires. All inspections are documented with a field inspection report, and then a Form 16 is compiled from the field inspection report. 
  • Do we need an engineer?
  • An engineer is engaged to undertake the design of structural elements of the building work. The engineer will draw the structural elements of the design and issue a Form 15 certifying that the design/s are in accordance with Building Code of Australia and/or Australian Standards.