Newman Government slashes building red tape

09/08/2013

Local home builders are the big winners under new Newman Government laws which streamline building approvals.

 

The Government passed laws this week which could save households looking to build a new home or build a shed on their property thousands of dollars.

 

Member for Pine Rivers Seath Holswich said from 1 November this year, building work over or near sewers, water mains and stormwater drains, would be assessed through a single, state-wide application process.

“In the past, homeowners wanting to carry out building work on their property, or build a new home, had a maze of red tape and approvals to deal with and no way to appeal an unfavourable decision,” Mr Holswich said.

“The new streamlined process could save households as much as $2,000 and will allow decisions to be appealed through Building and Development Dispute Resolution Committees.

“This is a common sense change and further evidence of the Newman Government’s determination to reduce red tape.”

Member for Kallangur Trevor Ruthenberg said the changes came on top of other red tape reductions including scrapping the mandatory requirement for rainwater tanks in new homes.

“The construction industry is one of the pillars of the Queensland economy which is why it’s important we do what we can to make sure we get rid of unnecessary red tape,” he said.

The code has been developed in close consultation with water service providers, local governments and the building industry.