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Somerset Regional Council, being a rural setting with a number of small towns, provides people with the opportunity to build in one of the beautiful small towns or on one of the many of rural type blocks. Land is available in all sizes, and provides challenges in building near one of the lakes, rainforest or mountainous ranges.

Development permits must be obtained for the erection, re-erection, alteration and/or addition to any building in the Council region. Council officers are happy to discuss your project with you. A list of requirements and the various forms can be posted to you or collected from one of our offices.

Building Application - Form 2

Other Forms


Application Lodgement

May be made by mail to PO Box 117, Esk Qld 4312 or personal delivery at one of our offices.

Processing of Applications

Processing of applications occurs at Esk Administration Centre only.

Inquiries about Approvals

Are best directed to Esk Administration Centre, 07 5424 4000 or

Approval Times

Approval times are generally within five days of lodgement.


Approvals are normally mailed to the applicant and the owner.

Incomplete Applications

Incomplete application advices are mailed to the applicant after being assessed.

Building and Plumbing Works

Building and plumbing works including earthworks should not commence until the approval is issued. Not even with an engineer's supervision.


During construction progressive inspections are carried out to ensure that your asset is sound:

  • Foundation Inspection (footings with steel in place prior to concrete pour).
  • Slab Inspection (slab with steel in place prior to concrete pour).
  • Frame Inspection (frame for timber and steel, wall steel for block work).
  • Final Inspection (finals on building).

Note: Sheds and carports are usually covered by two inspections only (footing/slab and a final).

Booking Inspections

Please phone (07) 5424 4000 with 24 hours notice. Approval permit number is required to be quoted when you book an inspection.

Form 16 Inspection Certificates and Form 21 Final Certificates

Are issued when works are inspected and passed.

Swimming Pools

Require a permit. All pools and spas are required to be fenced.

Swimming Pools and Fencing Requirements

Swimming Pools and Fencing Diagrams

Disused Pool and Deregistration

Bushfires and Flooding

Are a feature of the Somerset region. Personal risk and building design need to be considered in areas that are likely to be affected.

All Works Must Comply

The Queensland Building Act, the Plumbing and Drainage Act, and all other relevant Acts, by-laws, and regulations including the Building Code of Australia, the Australian Standards, and relevant technical publications.

Remember, if in doubt call us for free advice prior to commencing your project.

Copy Request

General Building Information Sheet

Building work under the planning scheme

Direct Deposit Transaction Advice Operating Account - F812 - 2019-2020

LG Concurrence Agency Referral

Property Access Application

Request for Extension to a Currency Period before Lapsing - F814 - 2019-2020

New Building Applications

New Dwelling and Enclosed Additions

Commercial and Industrial Buildings

Class 10 Buildings (Non commercial sheds, garages, carports, residential pergolas and open covered areas, shade cloth structures, retaining walls and farm sheds.)

Information about Class 10 Buildings

Changes to Buildings

Change of Classification or Use

Re-stumping Dwellings


Fees List - Building, Plumbing and Drainage

Information for Private Certifiers


Removal Dwellings.pdf

Removal Dwellings - Application for Pre-Inspection

Proposed Demolition or Removal of a Building

Temporary Homes

Application to use land as a temporary home

Temporary Dwelling Information Sheet

Plumbing and Drainage

Plumbing and Drainage