Queensland Development Code

The Queensland Development Code (QDC), established by the Queensland Government Department of Housing and Public Works, provides a building standards framework specific to Queensland, which extends the scope of the Building Code of Australia.  The QDC sets out 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), as well as dual occupancies - except where the planning scheme identifies an alternative siting or setback provision.

Where there is a difference between the planning scheme and the QDC, the planning scheme overrides the QDC.

If the proposed building work cannot comply with the QDC (or the planning scheme where it overrides), you will need approval from Council as a referral (concurrence) agency. Read more about lodging a concurrence agency referral application.

Download Council's fact sheet on the Design and Siting of a Dwelling House, Dual Occupancy, Domestic Outbuildings and Domestic Additions [PDF, 1.0MB].