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Queensland Development Code (QDC)

The Queensland Development Code (QDC) sets out specific design, setback and siting requirements for Domestic
Class 1a (detached dwelling house) and associated Class 10 buildings/structures (garages, carports, sheds, water
tanks and pools) except where the Redlands Planning Scheme identifies an alternative siting or setback provision
refer Table A3 in this Fact Sheet.
Where there is a difference between the Redlands Planning Scheme and the QDC, the planning scheme will override
the QDC.
Where the proposed Building Work cannot comply with the specific provisions of the QDC (or RPS where it overrides), it
requires an approval from Council as a Referral (concurrence) Agency (under SP Regs Schedule 7).
A Concurrence Agency Referral application must be lodged with Council - a fee applies. The Applicant must
demonstrate how they can comply with the relevant Performance Criteria as set out in the applicable QDC Mandatory
Provisions: 1.1, 1.2 and 1.4.

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MP1.1 - Design and Siting Standard for single Detached Housing on allotments less then 450m

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MP1.2 - Design and Siting Standard for single Detached Housing on allotments 450m and over
MP1.4 - Building over or near relevant Infrastructure i.e. Sewer, Water, Storm/roofwater
A copy of these documents are available on the Dept of Housing and Public Works website www.hpw.qld.gov.au >
Construction > Building and plumbing > Building > Building laws and codes > Queensland Development Code > Current parts.

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Lot greater than 450m Lot less than 450m
Building Work Frontage
QDC MP1.2 Setback requirements QDC MP1.1 Setback requirements

From Access Street* 3m


From Local Collector Street* 4m

Refer www.redland.qld.gov.au > Redemap


Dwelling 6 metres >search by Road Name > select Legend
House in Toolbar.
Note: A lesser setback may apply *Local Collector Street Grey lines
and Road boundary Setback refer to - *Access Street - Pink lines
QDC MP1.2 - A1 or
Secondary Your Building Certifier. Note: Garages and Carports where
Dwelling building is:
2 storey are recessed beneath the
and upper storey by at least 1.2m.
1 storey are recessed behind the
Additions to a main building facade by at least 1.2m.
Dwelling Setback 1.5m where the max. height of the structure is 4.5m or less
House e.g.
Setback 2.0m where the max. height of the structure is greater than 4.5m but less
Habitable Rooms, than 7.5m
Patio, Setback of 2m + 0.5m for every 3m or part exceeding 7.5m where the max height of
Side and Rear boundary the structure is 7.5m or greater
Deck (more than setback Frontage more
1m in height), than 15m Note: Garages and Carports included in a new dwelling design may be located
closer to the side and rear boundary when:
Gazebo,
The combined length of all structures within 1.5m of the boundary does not
Bali Hut exceed 9m and
Max height is 4.5m with a mean height of 3.5m and
Min. 1.5m from window of habitable room on adjoining property.
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Lot greater than 450m Lot less than 450m
Building Work Frontage
QDC MP1.2 Setback requirements QDC MP1.1 Setback requirements

Where Building height does not exceed 7.5m:


Dwelling
Refer to Table A2
House

and

Secondary
Dwelling
Side and Rear boundary
and
setback Frontage less
than 15m
Additions to a
Dwelling
House e.g.

Habitable Rooms,

Patio,
Where Building height exceeds 7.5m:
Deck (more than
1m in height), 2.0m, + 0.5m for every 3m above 7.5m

Gazebo,
Corner lot lot has an -as per Road Boundary Setback -as per Road Boundary Setback
Bali Hut average depth more
than 24m

- Nominated road frontage as per Table A1;


-other road frontage - as per Road Boundary setback and
- No building over 2m high within 9m x 9m truncation of corner
refer diagram below

Corner lot lot has an


average depth less than
24m

Building over or near


Relevant underground
Refer Fact Sheet FS205 Build over or Near Relevant Infrastructure
infrastructure as per
QDC MP 1.4

8.5m for land with slopes up to 15%


Max Building Height
10m for land with slopes more than 15%

Car parking Spaces Sufficient space for parking 2 vehicles wholly within the property boundary

Site Coverage Refer Table A3


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Lot greater than 450m Lot less than 450m
Building Work Frontage
QDC MP1.2 Setback requirements QDC MP1.1 Setback requirements

No boundary setback where: a solid wall/fence at least 1.8m high is constructed


between the water and the road boundary and the top of the wall/fence is at least
1m above the top of the coping of the pool.
Road boundary Setback
OR

Swimming 1.5 metres where: the vertical distance to the coping above the finished ground
level is not more than1.2m high.
Pool
No boundary setback where: a solid wall/fence at least 1.8m high is constructed
or between the boundary and the pool to prevent water entry onto the adjoining
Side and Rear boundary Property
Setback
Spa And the top of the wall/fence is at least 1m above the top of the coping of the pool.
Note: If the above cannot be met as per Dwelling Side and Rear Setbacks.
Building over or near
Relevant underground
Refer Fact Sheet FS205 Build over or Near Relevant Infrastructure
infrastructure as per
QDC MP 1.4
6 metres. As per Road boundary setback for a
Open Carports only - a lesser Dwelling House
setback may apply refer to AND
Road Boundary Setback Garage only - for rectangular or near
Your Building Certifier or
QDC MP1.2 A1 (c) rectangular lot, the opening facing the
street is 6m or 50% of the street frontage
Refer Identifying an Open Carport whichever is the lesser.
example below
May be located closer to the side and rear boundary when:
Outbuildings The combined length of all structures within 1.5m of the boundary does not
e.g. exceed 9m and
Side and Rear boundaries Max height is 4.5m with a mean height of 3.5m (for that part of the building
Garage within 1.5m within 1.5m from the boundary) and
Min. 1.5m from window of habitable room on adjoining property.
Carport Note: If the above cannot be met, setbacks are as per Side and Rear boundaries
for a Dwelling House.
Shed
For that part of the building greater than 1.5m from the side and rear boundaries,
Maximum building height:
Max Building Height
8.5m for land with slopes up to 15% OR
10m for land with slopes more than 15%
Building over or near
Relevant underground
Refer Fact Sheet FS205 Build over or Near Relevant Infrastructure
infrastructure as per
QDC MP 1.4
Site Coverage Refer Table A3
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Lot greater than 450m Lot less than 450m
Structure Frontage
QDC MP1.2 Setback requirements QDC MP1.1 Setback requirements

As per Road Boundary setback for As per Road boundary setback for
Road boundary Setback
Dwelling House Dwelling House

Tank (including stand) less than 2.4m high No min. setback


Side and Rear boundary
Setback Tank (including stand) more than 2.4m high - as per Side and Rear boundary
setbacks for Dwelling House
Rainwater Tank
If the tank does not meet the requirements of the 'Minor Building Project'
Building over or near FactSheet or is supported by a concrete slab with footings (regardless of size).
Relevant underground
infrastructure as per Refer Fact Sheet FS205 Build over or Near Relevant Infrastructure
QDC MP 1.4
Otherwise No additional requirements.

As per Road Boundary setback for As per Road Boundary setback for
Road boundary Setback
Flagpole Dwelling House Dwelling House

or -1.5m where max. height is 4.5m or less


-2.0m where max. height is 4.5m but less than 7.5m
Side and Rear boundary
Communication -more than 7.5m in height 2.0m plus 0.5m for every 3m or part thereof
Structure e.g. exceeding 7.5m
Satellite Dish or
Aerial If the flagpole does not meet the requirements of the 'Minor Building Project'
excludes Building over or near FactSheet or is supported by concrete footings (regardless of height).
Commercial Relevant underground
Telecommunication infrastructure as per Refer Fact Sheet FS205 Build over or Near Relevant Infrastructure
Facilities QDC MP 1.4
Otherwise No minimum setback

No minimum setback IF
Floor area no more than 4m2 and
Road boundary Setback Max. 2m wide elevation to the street; and
Max. Height 3m
Otherwise - As per Road boundary setback for a Dwelling House.
Gatehouse
If the gatehouse is supported by a concrete slab with footings (regardless of
Building over or near area).
Relevant underground
infrastructure as per Refer Fact Sheet FS205 Build over or Near Relevant Infrastructure
QDC MP 1.4
Otherwise No minimum setback

No min. Setback IF
Front, Side and Rear
Max. height of fence or combination of fence and retaining wall is no higher
boundary
than 2m
Otherwise - As per Road boundary for a Dwelling House.

Fences are not more than 1m high within a truncation made by 3 equal chords
of a 6m radius curve at the corner of the two road frontages.

Fence or Additional requirement


combined for a Corner Allotment
Fence and
Retaining Wall

If the fence is more than 2m high, retaining wall more than 1m high or either
Building over or near structure is supported by continuous concrete footings (regardless of height)
Relevant underground
infrastructure as per Refer Fact Sheet FS205 Build over or Near Relevant Infrastructure
QDC MP 1.4
Otherwise No minimum setback
Table A3
Zone Maximum Site Cover Minimum Setbacks

Conservation
Emerging Urban Community 2
1,000m
Environmental Protection
a) For lots <2 hectares in area, front, side and rear
Investigation setbacks are 10m; OR
b) For lots >2 hectares in area, front, side and rear
Park Residential 30% setbacks are:
- 20m; OR
Lot size Lot size - 10m where screened by planted landscaping; OR
4ha > 4ha c) Located entirely within a development envelope area
that has been approved by Council
Rural Non Urban 1,000m2 +
2
2.5% of
1000m 2
every m
over 4ha

Low Density Residential 30% a) Comply with the Queensland Development Code
(QDC); OR
Medium Density Residential
b) 3m for SMBI Residential where you are:
Urban Residential, excluding
- maintaining or reinstating native vegetation; or
sub-area UR2 50%
- minimising impact on areas of habitat value; or
SMBI Residential lots that are - accommodating an onsite sewerage facility; OR
2
600m
c) For land within the Canal and Lakeside Structures
Urban Residential sub-area UR2 Overlay, buildings and structures (other than pool
fencing of glass or Perspex construction) exceeding 1
SMBI Residential lots that are
2 metre in height above ground level are set back a
> 600m
40% minimum of 4.5 metres from the property boundary
adjacent to the canal or artificial waterway/waterbody.
d) Located entirely within a development envelope area
that has been approved by Council.

All other zones Refer to the applicable zone code for site coverage and the Queensland Development
Code for setbacks.

Further Information
For further information on the matters contained in this fact sheet or for assistance with lodging a request to Council for
a referral agency response, please contact Councils Planning Assessment Unit on:
(07) 3829 8999 Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm
DAmailbox@redland.qld.gov.au
Redland City Council | City Planning & Assessment | PO Box 21 | Cleveland QLD 4163
www.redland.qld.gov.au

For more information contact Planning Assessment, Redland City Council, PO Box 21, Cleveland Qld 4163.
Telephone (07) 3829 8999 or visit our website at www.redland.qld.gov.au FS199 25/10/2016

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