Councils Regulations,

Compliance and Building Approvals


All councils in the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Ipswich regions have certain regulations in regards to the construction of Retaining Walls. Queensland building regulations, you do not need building approval for a retaining wall if it fulfills the following three criteria:

- There is no 'surcharge loading' over the zoneof influence for the wall (refer to definitions in the Building Regulation 2006 - Schedule 1 Section 3)

- The total height of wall and of the fill or cut retained by the wall is no more than one metre above the wall's natural ground surface

- The wall is no closer than 1.5 metres to a building or another retaining wall.

If your retaining wall does not meet all of these requirements, a building application is mandatory and it needs to be approved by a building certifier. You will need to provide the following documents to Council:

- Rates notice,

- Current title search & registered plan if you can provide otherwise certifier will do this,

- Copy of Q leave portable long service leave and workplace health and safety notification receipt, if the job exceeds $80,000,

- 3 sets of architectural plans (site plan to include boundary details and roof water connection to storm water) and 3 sets of structural drawings, including soil reports and structural engineer's certificate & form 15,

- Completred and signed Form 1 IDAS Development Applications Form (Part A & B) available from

The Code also requires minimum clearances from roads, and side and rear boundaries, and also of council underground services (sewer main, storm water pipe or water supply main pipe).

Please note: If you do not obtain council approval for assessable retaining walls, you may face heavy penalties for committing an offence against the Building Act 1975 and consequently against the Integrated Planning Act 1997.

For more information regarding council regulations and approvals, please click on your relevant council link below.

 Brisbane City Council – click here

Redland City Council – call 07 3829 899

Gold Coast City Council – click here

Logan City Council
click here

Moreton Bay Regional Council
click here

Sunshine Coast Regional Council click here

Ipswich City Council – call 07 3810 6666

Toowoomba Regional Councilclick here