Complaints about Construction Work

Currently in Brisbane, construction work is permitted between 6:30am and 6:30pm, Monday to Saturday. By contrast, in Melbourne construction work is permitted from 7am to 7pm from Monday to Friday and 8am to 3pm on Saturday.

Brisbane City Council has established a group called the Suburban Construction Management Taskforce to handle complaints relating to construction sites.

I believe that as long as companies have a strong financial interest in cutting corners and ignoring the rules relating to construction work, there will be many instances of non-compliance. More concerningly, I believe some well-connected developers actively pressure City Council and State Government to look the other way and ignore significant violations of the relevant building codes and workplace health and safety regulations, but it’s difficult to prove this.

I’m not yet sure how quickly or effectively the Suburban Construction Management Taskforce (SCMT) is responding to issues in the inner-south side, but I still think it’s worth at least reporting concerns as they arise.

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of the issues that the SCMT is responsible for investigating:

  • air quality and dust management
  • construction noise and vibration
  • blocked footpaths
  • traffic and parking congestion caused by construction vehicles
  • stormwater and sediment control
  • non-compliance with development approval conditions
  • out-of-hours construction

To report an issue, call council on 3403 8888 and specifically request that you would like the matter investigated by the Suburban Construction Management Taskforce. Take note of the reference number and ask how long it will take them to investigate.

If they don’t follow it up or get back to you within a few days, email our office with the reference number and the basic details – thegabba.ward@bcc.qld.gov.au .

More details about the SCMT can be found here.

 

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Did you know?

If developers are using your land to access a construction site, leaving fencing or materials on your property, or allowing any part of a crane to swing through the airspace above your property, they require your permission to do so. You are probably entitled to financial compensation for this.