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Queensland Development Code

The Queensland Development Code brings Queensland's building codes into 1 location.

Read more about the individual codes below, or find out more about the background of the Queensland Development Code.

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Mandatory parts

Part number Part nameSection Publication date Superseded documents Related information
MP 1.1 Design and siting standards for single detached housing on lots under 450m2 (previously part 11) (PDF, 171KB) Part 1.0 Siting and amenity—Detached housing and duplexes 11 March 2010
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MP 1.2 Design and siting standards for single detached housing on lots 450m2 and over (previously part 12) (PDF, 125KB) Part 1.0 Siting and amenity—Detached housing and duplexes 11 March 2010
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MP 1.3 Design and siting standards for duplex housing (PDF, 198KB) Part 1.0 Siting and amenity—Detached housing and duplexes 11 March 2010
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MP 1.4 Building over or near relevant infrastructure (PDF, 516KB) Part 1.0 Siting and amenity—Detached housing and duplexes 15 December 2014
MP 2.1 Fire safety in budget accommodation buildings (previously part 14) (PDF, 182KB) Part 2.0 Fire safety 4 April 2008
MP 2.2 Fire safety in residential care buildings (previously part 14.1) (PDF, 71KB) Part 2.0 Fire safety 4 April 2008
MP 2.3 Fire safety in existing residential care buildings (PDF, 70KB) Part 2.0 Fire safety 14 June 2011
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MP 2.4 [Repealed] [Repealed] Construction in bushfire prone areas – 14 April 2015 (PDF, 302KB) Part 2.0 Fire safety 1 May 2016
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MP 2.5 Use of external cladding (PDF, 196KB) Part 2.0 Fire safety 3 December 2020
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SP 3 [Superseded] Detention centres – 23 August 2002 (previously Part 3) not replaced - Building Code of Australia applies (PDF, 39KB) Part 3.0 Special buildings  
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MP 3.1 Floating buildings (previously part 31) (PDF, 70KB) Part 3.0 Special buildings 16 November 2007
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MP 3.2 Tents (previously part 28) (PDF, 39KB) Part 3.0 Special buildings 16 November 2007
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MP 3.3 Temporary accommodation buildings and structures (PDF, 102KB) Part 3.0 Special buildings 6 May 2014
MP 3.4 Swimming pool barriers (PDF, 5.5MB) Part 3.0 Special buildings 18 July 2012
MP 3.5 Construction of buildings in flood hazard areas (PDF, 49KB) Part 3.0 Special buildings 12 December 2013
MP 3.6 Commonwealth games village accommodation buildings (PDF, 24KB) Part 3.0 Special buildings 23 January 2014
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MP 3.7 Farm buildings (PDF, 164KB) Part 3.0 Special buildings 1 June 2015
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MP 4.1 Sustainable buildings (PDF, 92KB) Part 4.0 Building sustainability 15 January 2013
MP 4.2 Rainwater tanks and other supplementary water supply systems (PDF, 52KB) Part 4.0 Building sustainability 15 January 2013
MP 4.3 Supplementary water sources - commercial buildings (PDF, 71KB) Part 4.0 Building sustainability 15 January 2013
MP 4.4 Buildings in a transport noise corridor (PDF, 662KB) Part 4.0 Building sustainability 17 August 2015
5.1 [Repealed] [Repealed] Workplaces - 16 November 2007 (previously part 1) (PDF, 72KB) Part 5.0 General health, safety and amenity 1 May 2016
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MP 5.2 Higher risk personal appearance services (previously part 15) (PDF, 55KB) Part 5.0 General health, safety and amenity 16 November 2007
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MP 5.3 Retail meat premises (previously part 4) (PDF, 137KB) Part 5.0 General health, safety and amenity 16 November 2007
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5.4 [Repealed] [Repealed] Child care centres - 18 July 2012 (PDF, 88KB) Part 5.0 General health, safety and amenity 1 January 2014
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MP 5.5 Private health facilities (previously part 7) (PDF, 240KB) Part 5.0 General health, safety and amenity 16 November 2007
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MP 5.6 Pastoral workers' accommodation (previously part 21) (PDF, 86KB) Part 5.0 General health, safety and amenity 16 November 2007
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MP 5.7 Residential services building standard (previously part 20) (PDF, 313KB) Part 5.0 General health, safety and amenity 16 November 2007
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5.8 [Repealed] [Repealed] Workplaces involving spray painting (previously part 2) (PDF, 42KB) Part 5.0 General health, safety and amenity 1 May 2016
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5.9 [Superseded] [Superseded] Buildings and structures in cyclonic areas - 4 April 2008 Part 5.0 General health, safety and amenity 1 May 2016
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MP 6.1 Commissioning and maintenance of fire safety installations (PDF, 100KB) Part 6.0 Maintenance of buildings 6 May 2014
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Draft parts

Part number Part name Proposed implementation date Summary of changes Sections edited Additional edits made 17 September 2020
MP 4.1 Sustainable buildings (PDF, 475KB) 1 March 2021

The pending Queensland Development Code MP 4.1–Sustainable buildings (QDC 4.1) has been updated to include separate cooling and heating load limits as part of the energy efficiency (star rating) of new residential dwellings.

The load limits are intended to apply as an additional requirement with the energy efficiency (star rating) of new houses (class 1) and sole-occupancy units in a multi-unit residential building (class 2) when software is used to determine the energy efficiency of the dwelling’s building shell (roof, walls, windows and floors).

The updated draft QDC 4.1 contains all the potential star ratings possible in Queensland for regulatory purposes and their associated load limits.

  • 1 – Purpose, part (a)
  • 2 – Commencement, part (1) and (2)
  • 3 – Application, part (1)
  • 4 – Variation of BCA, addition of class 10 building or structure
  • 5 – Referral agency—building work for end-of-trip facilities, part (a) and (b)
  • 6 – Compliance with the QDC, part (C)
  • 7 – Association requirements, Electrical Safety Regulation 2013, Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018, Planning Act 2016, Planning Regulation 2017
  • 8 – Referenced Standards, AS 1284.1 2004 Part 1
  • 9 – Meaning of heating load limit, part (1) and (2)
  • 10 – Meaning of cooling load limit, part (1) and (2)
  • 11 – Definitions:
    • BCA climate zone
    • Building
    • Building certifier
    • Building work
    • Class
    • Cooling load limit
    • Electricity sub-meter, part (a)
    • Employee
    • Heating and cooling limits, part (a) and (b)
    • Heating load/cooling load
    • Heating load limit
    • Meterable premises, part (a)
    • MJ/m2.annum
    • NatHERS accredited software
    • NatHERS climate zone
    • Outdoor living area, part (d) (i)
    • Queensland Development Code (QDC)
    • Software rating
    • Structure
    • Water service provider
  • Acceptable solutions, A1 (1) to (8)
  • Acceptable solutions, A2 (1) (i) (ii), (2), (3)
  • Performance requirements, P6, P7, P8
  • Acceptable solutions, A6, A7, A8
  • Acceptable solutions, notes (2)
  • Schedule 1, Livingstone Shire Council and Noosa Shire Council
  • Schedule 5, Table A – Separate heating and cooling load limits for a class 1 building (house) in particular locations in Queensland
  • Schedule 5, Table B– Separate heating and cooling load limits for a sole-occupancy unit in a class 2 building in particular locations in Queensland
  • MP 4.1 Version history 1.12
  • 2 – Commencement, part (1) changes to the publication date (17 September 2020 and commencement date 1 March 2021)
  • Acceptable solutions, A1 (7) part (a) and (b), A1 (8)
  • Publication date in the footer of the document was updated to 17 September 2020.
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