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Appealing local government building application decisions

If your local council has recommended refusing a building development application, and you have a decision notice from a private building certifier refusing the application in line with the council’s recommendation—you may be able to appeal to the Development Tribunals (Tribunals)

You must be the owner of the property involved in the application. You cannot appeal if you are unhappy about a development being proposed or built on your neighbour’s property.

You can appeal decisions made under the Planning Act 2016, the Building Act 1975, the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002, and the South-East Queensland Water (Distribution and Retail Restructuring) Act 2009​, including decisions that relate to:

  • development application refusals for carports, sheds, garages and other structures
  • enforcement notices
  • plumbing, drainage and more.

In most cases, you only have 20 business days to appeal from the time you receive the notice.

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You can also apply to have the Tribunals issue a declaration about.

  • whether your application was properly made
  • a change to a development approval for material change of use of a classified building if the responsible entity for the change application is not the Planning and Environmental Court.

Find out about declarations.

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