Building Approvals & Advice has extensive experience across a broad range of residential certification.


BA&A supports building designers, architects and builders in Brisbane and surrounds. 

We can help with a stress free approval for:

  • new dwellings

  • renovations 

  • extensions

  • decks

  • carports

  • granny flats and more!

More than just certifiers, our experienced team will support you with overcoming any challenges. We can facilitate additional services you may require (eg siting variation / relax applications with council). Partnering with South East Queensland's best construction industry professionals, means a quick turnarounds for our clients.  Support provided with energy reports, BOA applications and recommendations to accessibility, fire, town planning experts etc, depending on the requirements of each project.  


BA&A provides CPD events and workshops for industry professionals. We collaborate with the Building Designers Association of Queensland (BDAQ), HIA, Timber Queensland, Spasa and other industry associations to help support the builders, architects and designers in our community.


Save time  and hassle 


Industry professionals love our pre-design search service to identify which codes are relevant for the block.

Oversee projects from design to delivery? Need to take control of your building approvals? Enjoy live job tracking with our online portal:

  • Have pre design search insights at your fingertips 

  • Submit applications quickly  (allowing us to invoice right away) 

  • Allow multiple team members to check on project status 

  • Upload documents (certificates, photos) to speed your approvals

  • Download approval and final documents ready to provide to clients

For more information check our FAQ page. To enquire about joining the portal or our pre design search service, please contact our team.

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Documents commonly required in the beginning stages of your Building Approval (BA) 
  • Architectural plans

  • Form 15 – Engineering 

  • Engineering plans 

  • QBCC insurance

  • Soil test* 

  • Energy report*  

  • QLeave* 

*These documents are generally required for residential building work. However, they may not be required on every project.



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"Mitch has been excellent through a job which has had a fair few difficulties before we even started building. The biggest thing for me was the helpful advice he was able to give happily before and during the project. I will definitely request his services in the future and look forward to working with him again."

Terms you need to know


RFI: RFI stands for Request for Information, sometimes also called a list of requirements. This document outlines all items required by the certifier to issue an approval.


Build Over Sewer (BOS): an approval from Council is required if you want to build over or near a sewer line. When doing property searches, BA&A can determine if a BOS permit is required.


Build Over Stormwater (BOSW): an approval from Council is required if you want to build over or near a stormwater infrastructure. When doing property searches, BA&A can determine if a BOSW permit is required.


Relaxation (or Siting Variation): a relaxation approval from Council may be required if you are building within the boundary setbacks of your property. There are different setback requirements for lots under 450m2 and lots over 450m2 


Town planning (DA): town planning may be required when the building work does not meet the requirements of the Local Authority planning scheme


Form 4: this is a document organised by a plumber. It reports the capping or sealing of the sewer.


Form 15: this is a certificate required before the building works can commence to certify that the design is compliant with the relevant regulations.


Form 16: this is a certificate required at the completion of building works to certify that the installation or inspection of a stage or aspect is compliant with the relevant regulations.


Form 11: this certificate is issued by a building surveyor when the building works have been substantially completed for attached dwellings or commercial to confirm it was constructed as per the building approval.


Form 21: this is the final certificate issued by the certifier to the owner and Council in order to finalise the building application.

Take the info with you


We're committed to simplifying the certification process. Contractors usually come to us for support to follow their legal obligations... 

Save a compliance headache and protect yourself - FAQs and insights on our blog


In the industry?

Resources below to keep your clients informed of the residential certification process. 

  • Building certification - terms to know

  • First 10 things your certifier checks

  • Residential brochure 


Or contact us for a printed version. 

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