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Build over infrastructure

New approval process

Since 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 remain involved in the approval process by acting as a referral agency.

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 Tribunals. A person may appeal a decision to impose conditions, grant a refusal, or approve a building development. To find out more, please contact the Tribunals or refer to the fact sheets below.

More information

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