Building & Construction Guidelines

Building & Construction Guidelines

BASIX (Building Sustainability Index) Certificate

A BASIX certificate ensures that new and upgraded homes across the State produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions and reduce water consumption, by setting energy and water reduction targets for all new dwellings.

Drainage and Plumbing

Click here for more details on current drainage and plumbing requirements when building.

Driveway Guidelines & Specifications

Vehicular driveways from a property boundary to the kerb and gutter or edge of road seal require written approval to ensure such works comply with the many Australian Standards and Policies that enable works to be safe and practicable for all road users.

Swimming Pool Compliance

Any body of water which is greater than 300mm in depth used for human aquatic purposes is considered a swimming pool.

Onsite Sewage Management Systems (OSMS)

Click here for details about onsite sewage management requirements.


The Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017 – 2021 guides Council’s planning and actions to promote accessibility in our community.

Asbestos & Asbestos Handling

Click here for more information about asbestos management.

Building in Bushfire Prone Areas

Applicants / builders/ owners are required to nominate how they are going to comply with the requirements of the Building Code of Australia in regard to AS3959 – 2009 Construction of buildings in bushfire prone areas.

Essential Fire Safety Measures

Essential fire safety measures are any installations or type of construction that have been incorporated into the building to ensure the safety of the occupants within the building in the event of fire or other emergency.

Section 138 – Carrying Out an Activity within a Public Road

In the interests of public safety, consent is required when carrying out an activity within a Council or RMS road space, including verges. Often this form is known as a ‘Section 138’.

Northern Rivers Local Government Development Design and Construction Manual

These Northern Rivers Local Government publications are utilised for the design and construction of civil engineering works associated with development approvals.

Building Back Northern Rivers

Understanding development approvals to support our flood recovery.

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