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 Dispute resolution

Disputes occur when 2 or more parties disagree with a decision or course of action.

Finding a resolution

The Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (PDF, 2.6MB) outlines several options to assist with finding a resolution for disputes relating to building, development or plumbing including:

Building and plumbing disputes

Disputes relating to the Building Act 1975 (PDF, 1.1MB) and the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 (PDF, 772KB) are resolved through the Building and Development Dispute Resolution Committees.

There are several types of appeals/declarations relating to plumbing and building including:

The Registrar, Building and Development Dispute Resolution Committees, is unable to provide advice for matters appealed to the Planning and Environment Court.

The types of disputes that the Building and Development Dispute Resolution Committees deal with are outlined in the legislation.

Recent amendments – building work over or near relevant infrastructure

From 1 November 2013, building work over or near relevant infrastructure (over or near sewers, water mains, stormwater drains or combined sanitary drains) must be assessed against the new Queensland Development Code Mandatory Part 1.4 ‘Building over or near relvant infrastructure’ (MP 1.4) as part of a building development approval.
Consent from the relevant service provider (water or sewerage service provider or the owner of a stormwater drain) is no longer required under section 192 of the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008 (WS (S&r) Act) for building work regulated under MP 1.4. In addition, any provisions of a local government planning scheme that attempt to regulate the same matters as those covered under MP 1.4 will no longer have any effect.


Appeals about decisions relating to building work that is subject to MP 1.4 can now be made to the Building and Dispute Resolution Committees. A person may appeal a decision to impose conditions, or a refusal to grant, a building development approval.

More information

For other disputes

For issues not outlined in the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 or the Building Act 1975, other sources are available including the:


Last updated 06 March 2015    

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