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Commencement of revised MP 1.4

Red tape and costs for Queenslanders have been reduced as a result of recent changes to the Queensland Development Code (QDC).

These changes relate to Part 1.4 (MP 1.4) of the QDC and came into effect on 15 December 2014.

The changes will:

  • negate the need for unnecessary referral agency applications and associated costs.
  • simplify and reduce the number of standards in respect to building applications.
  • make standards more relevant to the project at hand. For example, standards for light-weight structures such as sheds, carports and garages will now be in proportion to the value of the work.
  • benefit both property and infrastructure owners in applying more tailored standards when working in proximity to easements.

Specifically, the key changes to MP 1.4 relate to:

  • a proximity exemption for all classes of building and structurestreamlined solutions for light-weight buildings and structures
  • clarifying what happens when an easement is registered in favour of the relevant service provider.

The changes have been developed in close consultation with industry stakeholders.

New approval process

From 1 November 2013, building work over or near sewers, water mains, stormwater drains and combined sanitary drains must be assessed against MP 1.4 of the QDC.

Consent from the service provider is no longer required and any local government planning instrument that attempts to regulate the same matters as those covered under MP 1.4 will no longer have any effect.

QDC MP 1.4

MP 1.4 provides consistent and tailored standards across Queensland. A range of default building solutions are available to property owners. Refer to the MP 1.4 for further detail.

Referral agencies (concurrence)

Local governments and service providers will remain involved in the approval process by acting as a referral agency.

Sewerage service providers and water service providers are listed on a register found on the Department of Energy and Water Supply’s website.

Approved Form 32

The new process continues to inform service providers about building work in proximity to their infrastructure. This information assists them in their inspections, maintenance and repair duties. A private building certifier is required to provide a Form 32 to sewerage service providers in specific cases.


Appeals relating to the code can be made to the Building and Development Dispute Resolution Committees. A person may appeal a decision to impose conditions, grant a refusal, or approve a building development. To find out more, please contact the Committees or refer to the fact sheets below.

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Last updated 01 September 2015    

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