A proposed new code could see homeowners in Queensland save up to $2,000 with plans to 'streamline' the application process for building near or over sewers, stormwater drains and water mains on domestic home sites.
Housing and Public Works minister Tim Mander said that the current process is confusing and illogical, with the new code helping to simplify a complex approval process.
"The Building Act currently doesn’t allow a private building certifier to approve building work over, or adjacent to, a sewer or water main without the consent of the relevant service provider under the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act," Mr Mander said.
"Having to obtain consent from a service provider can also trigger a requirement to lodge a planning development application with the local council."
Mr Mander said what makes things more confusing is that the Water Supply Act doesn't set out criteria that the applicant must meet to obtain consent and also doesn't detail the process that must be followed in making an application.
The revised code - expected to come into effect later this year - would allow applications for building work in the detailed circumstance to be assessed under the Building Act, Mr Mander said.
"Not only will this remove superfluous layers of regulation, it will allow a timely and cost effective appeal process which is lacking from the current arrangements."