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


We can help with a stress free approval for:

  • new houses

  • renovations 

  • extensions

  • decks

  • carports

  • granny flats and more!

More than just certifiers, BA&A provides CPD events and workshops quarterly for industry professionals.

We collaborate with the Building Designers Association of Queensland (BDAQ), HIA, Timber Queensland and other industry associations to help support the builders, architects and designers in our community.

Stay in the know about industry updates and your legislative requirements - sign up to be first to hear about our complimentary education opportunities.  


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

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) 

  • 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 about joining the portal or our pre design search service, please contact our team.

Documentation required to get started
  • Architectural plans

  • Form 15 – Engineering 

  • Engineering plans 

  • QBCC insurance

  • Soil test* 

  • Energy report*  

  • QLeave* 

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


"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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