Building guidelines: contaminant and pollution control

The following brochures will assist builders, owner builders and residents to help protect our environment.

Soil erosion from building sites and subdivisions is a major source of pollution to our stormwater and waterways. Water polluted with sediment (sand, soil, silt or mud) flows down gutters and stormwater drains, straight into our creeks, rivers and ocean.

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1994, builders and property owners have the legal responsibility to prevent or minimise environmental harm.  You must take steps to ensure that prescribed water contaminants (such as earth, sand, soil, silt or mud) do not contaminate waters, gutters or stormwater drainage.  On-the-spot fines apply for offences.

Refer to the guides below to assist with erosion and sediment control.  For more information visit FNQROC.

Erosion and sediment control plans

For many activities that involve earthworks and/or removal of vegetation, you will need to submit erosion and sediment control plans as part of an Operational Works permit. (Operational Works approval is required for earthworks that involve 50m3 of earth or the interference with protected vegetation.)

Management plans are given various titles including Erosion and Sediment Control Plans (ESCP), and Soil and Water Control Plans (SWCP). All those involved in the project - sub-contractors, private certifiers, home owners and regulators – need to be aware of and implement the plan.  Council's Regulatory Compliance unit enforces erosion and sediment control activities.

Where appropriate, erosion and sediment control plans should include, but not be limited to:

  • Property boundaries
  • General soil description
  • Existing and final contours - including the location of cut and fill banks
  • Existing and final overland flow drainage paths
  • Limits of clearing where applicable, for instance on large properties
  • Location of vegetated buffer strips
  • Stabilised entry/exit point (rumble pad)
  • Location of soil and sand stockpiles
  • Location of all proposed temporary drainage control measures
  • Location of all proposed erosion control measures (alternatively, use notes to describe locations) including installation sequence and maintenance requirements
  • Permanent site stabilisation measures
  • A statement of who is responsible for establishing and maintaining all erosion and sediment measures.

Brochures

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Erosion & Sediment Control (357.6 KB)
Soil erosion on building sites can be a major source of sediment pollution in our waterways. This fact sheet outlines site management practices to help reduce erosion and sediment from your building site.

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Preventing stormwater and waterway pollution (193.5 KB)
Information on site planning, managing entry and exit points, sediment barriers, diverting stormwater run-off, site clean-up, sediment and erosion control plans, installation of control measures.

Guidelines

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Block laying (261.1 KB)
This fact sheet will help those involved in the building industry ensure that block work, stockpiling sand and cement, and block cutting do not cause contaminants to enter waterways.

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Concrete Works (232.4 KB)
This fact sheet will help those involved in the building industry ensure that concrete work, concrete pumping, wash down of concrete equipment and stockpiling materials do not cause contaminants to enter waterways.

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Delivering to Building Sites (240.3 KB)
This fact sheet provides information for drivers delivering goods and materials to building sites.

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Keep your building site clean (233.7 KB)
This fact sheet provides information for the building industry about how to keep building sites clean and prevent pollution.

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Litter and building waste (348.1 KB)
Litter from building sites can cause pollution to our waterways and coastal areas. This fact sheet provides tips for managing building waste and litter.

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Painting and plastering (254.7 KB)
This fact sheet provides information for the painting and plastering industries to help ensure waste and contaminants do not enter our stormwater systems.

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Recycling building materials (284.1 KB)
Most materials from building sites may be recycled. This fact sheet provides reuse options and information for those involved with the building industry.

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Site disturbance (246.3 KB)
This fact sheet will help those involved in the building industry limit site disturbance, remove sediment and ensure that pollutants do not enter stormwater systems.

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Last updated: 03 July 2020