Building Approval Reports

Townsville City Council provides information about local building approvals in a number of ways:

The building approval information provides an overview of building and economic activity around the city, and includes the number of approvals issued each month along with the estimated value of those approvals.

The information on Townsville Dashboards is categorised as:

  • 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
  • other residential - Class 1 and 10 alterations, additions and minor structures e.g. patio, garden shed, additions to existing dwellings.

The  information is updated each month shortly after the fifth business day from the beginning of the month (excluding public holidays and weekends).

The information provided is governed by the provisions of the Information Privacy Act 2009, and the Planning Act 2016.

Cautions in using the data

State government development information is not required to be given to council. Therefore, the building approval data only includes a small proportion of state government work, and this should be taken into consideration when analysing the information (i.e. the estimated value of works may not include developments such as works to schools, hospitals or defence).

The estimated value of works needs to be used with some caution. As this is provided at the planning stage of works, this may not accurately reflect the final cost of works.

The number of works for the most recent two months also needs to be used with some caution. While private building certifiers are required to provide the information to council within five business days of the decision notice being issued, this does not always occur. Data is regularly reviewed for accuracy; however, minor representation errors may still occur.

ABS building approvals data

The data produced is also regularly provided to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The ABS compiles statistics of both private and public sector works and produces publications via AusStats. Please note that due to the differences in scope and reporting parameters, the details of approved building works will vary from Council’s data.

Visit the Townsville Community Profiles for building approval information sourced from ABS data.

More information

Information on building approvals from 2009 is published on Townsville Dashboards.

Download our Help with using the building approvals dashboard information sheet (PDF) for more information.