IN Mackay, a building permit is required before commencing any construction or demolition on most types of domestic building work.

This is because the Mackay region is recognised under legislation to be in a Wind Region C Tropical Cyclone Area.

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According to Mackay Regional Council, any building work, including demolition, within a cyclonic region requires a building development approval permit first.

These can be obtained from a private building certifier, who will assess the proposed building work to ensure it complies with the Building Act 1975 and any relevant building codes.

Building permits are required for building work such as:

  • additions or extensions to a house
  • granny flats and some cubby houses
  • sheds, including garden sheds, shade houses, greenhouses
  • pools and/or spas and associated fencing
  • pergolas, patios and carports
  • workshop sheds
  • aviaries and chicken runs

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A private building certifier can also advise if planned building works do not require a building permit.

For building works that do not require a permit, Mackay Regional Council advises it is the home owner’s responsibility to ensure that the building work complies with the applicable standards and codes such as:

  • Fences must not be more than 2m high (not including swimming pool fencing)
  • retaining walls must be no more than 1m in height
  • retainer walls must have no loads imposed on it (such as a building or driveway) and the wall is no closer than 1.5m to a building or another retaining wall.

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For further clarification, see Building Regulations 2006.

For more information on building permits, see Mackay Regional Council’s guide to building permits here.