Land use planning and building control at Brisbane Airport is regulated by the Airports Act 1996 (Act). This means that State law does not apply and all building approvals for construction activity on the Brisbane Airport site are issued under Commonwealth law.
Regulations have been made pursuant to the Act, and the principal regulations dealing with the approval of “building activities” (as defined in the Act) are the Airports (Building Control) Regulations 1996 (Regulations). The Regulations set out the way in which applications are made for approval of building activities, as well as the matters the Airport Building Controller (ABC) considers before an approval is issued.
In some cases, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) will be the applicant for building activities. However, where BAC is not the applicant for a building activity, the ABC cannot give its approval unless BAC has first given its consent to the proposed activities.
A building activity is defined as:-
- Construction of buildings or other structure
- Alterations to the structure of buildings or other structures
- Constructing or altering earthworks (whether or not in relation to a buildings etc.)
- Constructing or altering engineering, electrical or hydraulic works
- Demolishing , destroying, dismantling or removing: - Building, structure, earthworks, engineering works, electrical works and hydraulic works.
Structures include bridges, fences, towers, pylons and temporary structures such as tents.
Earth work or engineering works include runways, taxiways, aprons, roads, car parks, retaining walls, dams, railways pipelines, road surfaces, car park surfaces and tunnels.
The approval process also involves obtaining Airport Lessee Company Consent (ALCC) , from Brisbane Airport Corporation.
The Regulations describe the things BAC must be satisfied about before it gives its consent, such as whether the proposed building activity is consistent with the Brisbane Airport Master Plan.
Brisbane Airport publishes a Register of Building Applications, which can be downloaded below.
Information published on this website
As of 27 March 2010 the Regulations require certain information about building applications at Brisbane Airport to be published on the Brisbane Airport website. Accordingly, this information is published by BAC in accordance with the requirements of the Regulations. For more information on the Federal Government's Airports Building Control Regulations 1996, click here.