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Wanting to know more about building a deck in QLD? Building permits and local planning laws should be taken into account. This article will explore the laws and regulations for people wanting to build a deck in Brisbane or in QLD.



Building a new deck can be an exciting project and will enhance your outdoor area, but before you go all out to get the materials and start hammering away it is wise to consider Australian standards deck building and if you will need planning permission. If you reside in the Queensland area of Australia, some residential areas will need planning approval whilst many others will not and it depends what zone you are situated in.

All councils will have their own regulations for deck or pergola building including council approval for deck QLD, so make sure you get the information from the correct source, and don't rely on the opinions or advice of friends or family who may not be up to speed with the latest regulations.


Depending on which zone you live in, this will determine whether you need to get planning approval for your deck. In the Brisbane area, if your property is not in the Character Residential Zone, you are unlikely to need planning permission. The Brisbane City Council website is a great source of information and includes an interactive mapping tool, or you can telephone the council for further advice: https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/

If you are based elsewhere in the Queensland area, your local council will hold similar information - so take some time to look at their website or give them a call to clarify any points you are unsure of.



Do you need a permit to build a deck? Deck regulations usually fall into two types of permit that may be needed. One is a planning permit that considers boundary rules and aesthetics so that your new deck will complement the surrounding area and not look out of place. A building permit is needed for compliance with construction and health and safety rules. The different types of permits may have to be acquired from different offices. For instance, planning permits may come from a local council and building permits from a registered building surveyor.


As a general rule you will not need building approval if your deck is: no more than one metre above ground; not more than 10 square metres; not exceeding 2.4 metres high with an average mean height not in excess of 2.1 metres, and not exceeding 5 metres in length on any side. In addition, the decking should be compliant with all safety regulations described in the Queensland Development Code.

If the deck design you have in mind does not meet the above specifications it is likely that you will need to have the plans checked out by a building certifier, but if in any doubt ensure you go through this in detail with your local council. Other types of decks that will need more comprehensive levels of approvals include plans to cover the area with a permanent roof or attach the deck to the rest of your house.



If you would prefer to take the pressure off, there are a number of reputable deck builders in the Queensland area, who will not only construct the deck you have always dreamed off but will also understand and advise on all the legal aspects and regulations that you will need to follow for building a deck in QLD.

Building a new deck comes with many benefits that will enhance your family life and look stunning as part of your property - but just make sure you are clear on all the details before you commence with any kind of building works.

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