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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.

Application Lodgement

Applications may be made by mail, personal delivery at one of our offices.

Processing of Applications

Processing of applications occurs at Esk Administration Centre only.

Inquiries about Approvals

Inquiries about approvals are best directed to Esk Administration Centre.

Approval Times

Approval times are generally within five days of lodgement.


Approvals are normally mailed to the applicant and the owner.

Incomplete Applications

Advice is mailed to the applicant after being assessed.

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:

  • Under slab drainage Inspection
  • Drainage rough-in Inspection.
  • Water rough-in Inspection.
  • Final Inspection (finals on plumbing/drainage).

Booking Inspections

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

Waste Water

Waste water from dwellings is either disposed of by way of sewer in some town areas, or septic or house package waste systems in rural areas.

Bushfires and Flooding

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

With the Planning Scheme, 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.

More information:

Fast- Track Plumbing Applications

Under Section 40 (1) of Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2019 (Fast-track opt-out declaration for local government area) Somerset Regional Council has decided by resolution to op-out of fast-track plumbing applications.

All applications will be assessed under the standard application process.

Somerset Regional Council timeframes for plumbing approval will be 10 business days as stated in Section 45 of Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2019.

This timeframe starts when the plumbing application is properly made with all documents listed in Schedule 6 of Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2019 and application fees are received.

The resolution is available in the Council meeting minutes dated 12 June 2019 and available on Council’s web site.

Council Plumbing Forms