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 Building and Development Dispute Resolution Committees

If you are not happy with a decision made by your local council (or a private certifier), you may be able to appeal to the Building and Development Dispute Resolution Committees.

How do the committees work?

Committees are established as needed from a pool of appointed general referees and hearings are conducted informally.

General referees are appointed for a term of no more than 3 years by the minister of the department.

No legal representation is permitted at committee hearings and decisions are delivered in plain English.

A committee has jurisdiction to decide certain matters defined in the following Acts and related regulations:

  • Sustainable Planning Act 2009
  • Building Act 1975 (other than a matter under that Act that may or must be decided by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission)
  • Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 [SPA 508 (a)]
  • Residential Services (Accreditation) Act 2002 [SPA 508 (c)]
  • South-East Queensland Water (Distribution and Retail Restructuring) Act 2009 (SEQ Water Act).

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Last updated 16 September 2015    

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For more information, contact the Registrar, Building and Development Dispute Resolution Committees:



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