Building and Planning Approval Reports
Building Approvals and Planning Approvals
Before you start working on a development, you may need to apply for building and/or planning approval. Building and planning approvals tell you if your development is safe and appropriate for the local area.
A building approval uses the Building Code of Australia to assess whether a structure is well designed and constructed. A qualified building certifier does the assessment and also the inspections during construction. Once you obtain a building approval, you will need to begin construction within 12 months for the approval to remain valid.
A planning approval uses relevant planning information to decide if your planned works are appropriate and how it will impact the local area. Planning approvals are generally valid for a period of 2 years from the date of issue for operational works and a period of 4 years from the date of issue for all other planning approval types.
Types of planning approvals
Material change of use (Code)
If your application falls in this category it will be assessed using the planning scheme, applicable codes and other relevant instruments.
Material change of use (Impact)
Applications which fall under this category have a higher assessment than a Code Material change of use, and will be made available to the public for a period of time, where anybody can review the application and lodge a submission for or against it.
This planning approval applies to applications that include (but are not limited to) extracting, excavating and/or filling materials on site, placing advertising devices on premises, or undertaking road works.
Reconfiguration of a lot
This planning approval applies to applications that include (but are not limited to) subdivisions, amalgamations, boundary realignments and easements associated with land parcels.
Planning approvals provide a longer term outlook, but it is important to keep in mind:
- projects do not always require planning approval, they can be exempt or self-assessable
- because planning approvals are valid for longer, projects can be shelved for a considerable period of time
- the applicant is under no obligation to provide any estimated costs associated with the project so values are not available
- a site may undergo numerous successive planning approvals before any noticeable work can be seen on the ground.
Planning approval information and tracking has been integrated into our online ePlanning system. Please visit the ePlanning website for this information.
Building approvals provide a better measure of ground activity, primarily because:
- they capture more activity, almost all projects that involve some element of construction will require a building approval
- the period of validity is shorter, providing a more accurate indication that a project will soon commence
- the estimated cost of works must be provided as part of the building approval submission.
Building approval summary reports
These reports are designed to provide an overview of building activity around the city. They provide information on the number of approvals issued each month along with the estimated value of those approvals. The following segments are included:
- New Dwellings - Single detached new dwellings
- New Units - Duplex and multiple dwelling approvals, providing the number of approvals and the number of new residential units
- Commercial - Includes all Class 3 to 9 and all subsets as described under the Building Code of Australia
- Pools and Spas - Stand alone pool and spa approvals
- (Note: Swimming pool and spa applications that have been combined with a new dwelling are not included here)
- Other Residential - Class 1 and 10 alterations, additions and minor structures e.g. patio, garden shed, additions to existing dwellings.
Information provided in the reports available below is governed by the provisions of the Information Privacy Act 2009, and the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. If you require information about building and planning approvals, please contact Planning and Development on 1300 878 001, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Planning and Development counter at Level 1, 143 Walker Street, Townsville City.
If you require a summary report from a previous year, please contact council to obtain one.
Building approval reports 2017
January 2017 (PDF 23.5 KB)
This report shows January 2017 building approval statistics against Januarys from previous years.
Building approval reports 2016
January 2016 (PDF 24.5 KB)
This report shows January's building approval statistics against Januarys from previous years.
February 2016 (PDF 24.7 KB)
This report shows February's building approval statistics against Februarys from previous years.
March 2016 (PDF 24.7 KB)
This report shows March's building approval statistics against March from previous years.
April 2016 (PDF 22.4 KB)
This report shows April's building approval statistics against Aprils from previous years.
May 2016 (PDF 22.3 KB)
This report shows May's building approval statistics against Mays from previous years
June 2016 (PDF 24.6 KB)
This report shows June's building approval statistics against Junes from previous years
July 2016 (PDF 24.6 KB)
This report shows July's building approval statistics against Julys from previous years.
August 2016 (PDF 24.6 KB)
This report shows August's building approval statistics against Augusts from previous years.
September 2016 (PDF 24.8 KB)
This report shows September's building approval statistics against Septembers from previous years.
October 2016 (PDF 24.7 KB)
This report shows October's building approval statistics against Octobers from previous years.
November 2016 (PDF 36.5 KB)
This report shows November's building approval statistics against Novembers from previous years.
December 2016 (PDF 23.5 KB)
This report shows December's building approval statistics against Decembers from previous years.