Determining ground level and building height

We are often asked by builders and development proponents how to determine building height and what constitutes a storey. These questions are important as strict height limits can apply.  For example, in Brisbane the Low density residential zone specifies a maximum height of 9.5m and two storeys in most instances.  Clearly understanding building height early… Read more »

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Secondary Dwellings and Rooming Accommodation

Secondary dwellings (also known as granny flats) and Rooming accommodation, are becoming increasingly popular across Brisbane and other regions within south-east Queensland. We are often asked what is the difference between the two types of developments and when town planning approval is required. Read on if you would like to find out the answers. Secondary… Read more »

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New Planning Act Operational

The Planning Act 2016 is now in full operation across Queensland. The team here at KRA have gone to considerable lengths to understand the new provisions and are ready to go. More on Exemption Certificates Our April Industry Update featured information on heritage exemption certificates as an alternative to town planning approvals for minor works… Read more »

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New Planning Act 2016 Update

With less than a fortnight to go, the team at KRA are in full preparation mode for 3 July and the coming into force of the new Planning Act 2016. The new Planning Act will be accompanied by DA Rules and Planning Regulations.  As these will bring about some changes and introduce new provisions, we… Read more »

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Traditional Building Character Houses in Brisbane

Traditional building character (TBC) houses, also commonly referred to as “Queenslanders” are remnants of Brisbane’s pre-war heritage and are considered by many to be an iconic feature in several of Brisbane’s older residential suburbs. The majority of these dwellings located in residential areas are protected under Brisbane City Council’s Traditional Building Character (TBC) Overlay, which… Read more »

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Heritage Exemption Certificates

What are heritage exemption certificates? In Brisbane, development on land identified under the Heritage Overlay will generally trigger either a Code or Impact Assessable Development Application to Council, regardless of the scale of work involved. This can be a prolonged application process requiring statutory advertising and provides appeal rights for submitters. As an alternative, the… Read more »

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New Planning Act and DA Rules

New Planning Act and Development Assessment Rules to start on 3 July 2017 From 3 July 2017, the development assessment and approval process in Queensland will operate under new planning legislation. New Development Assessment Rules (DA Rules) have just been finalised that identify new procedures and timeframes for the lodgement and assessment of development applications… Read more »

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Queensland Building Plan

What is the Queensland Building Plan? The Department of Housing and Public Works is proposing a Queensland Building Plan which is currently out for comment until 31 March 2017. There are a wide range of proposals that are currently open for discussion that could affect your business operations, timing and choices. Key proposals for the… Read more »

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Changing Development Applications or Approvals

Do you need to change an existing development approval or extend buildings that were previously approved? Situations arise where changes to an existing development approval, including the design of a proposed development, or changes to development approval conditions are needed. Increasingly we are asked to now extend buildings, obtain approvals or make other changes to… Read more »

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Draft South-East Queensland Regional Plan

The South-East Queensland Regional Plan is under review The Queensland State Government is currently reviewing the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 (SEQ Regional Plan) in consideration to the region’s growing population. The SEQ Regional Plan currently allocates land in south-east Queensland as Regional Landscape and Rural Protection Area, Rural Living Area, and Urban Footprint. … Read more »

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