Repairing Flood Damage

Should you have been a victim of the 2011 and 2013 Brisbane River Floods, you are able to take advantage of the free flooding pre-lodgement service offered by the Council.

The first step is to complete the Pre-lodgement Meeting Request Form before trying to set up a meeting. Should you own the property, you should also consider taking necessary precautions against future flooding and setting up a future flood plan.

Stay on the Right Side of the Law

To be on the right side of the law when making modifications you need to:

1) Download the Temporary Local Planning Instrument – Brisbane Interim Flood Response.

2) Download a flood level map.

3) Arrange for a Floodwise Property Report pertaining to your property.

4) Get hold of a Flood Flag Map for your local suburb.

5) Take flood implications into consideration when considering altering the property.

6) Consider the flood resistant materials guideline in choosing building materials.

7) Look towards upgrading your drainage systems.

8) Make sure new electricity outlets, et cetera, are above flood levels.

You also need to consider:

1) Increasing the height of your home – refer to the council rules in terms of the Temporary Local Planning Instrument.

2) Rebuilding your home – should you simply be restoring the house to its original state, you need not get Council approval. Should you be making modifications or improvements, Council approval could be required. More complete advice can be obtained from the Advice for Residents – Approvals for Repairing Renovating or Rebuilding Flood-affected Houses factsheet. You may even be eligible for application discounts.

3) Obtaining advice about approvals for business premises – check the Approvals for Operating from Temporary Premises and Repairs to Flood-Affected Buildings factsheet for info for business repairs.

4) Installing or repairing a private pontoon – An engineer needs to be consulted with regard to repairs or replacements of pontoons and Council approval may be required.

5) Fixing up your swimming pool – you need to ensure that adequate barriers are in place whilst repairs are being affected.

6) Getting rid of any dangerous waste or asbestos – hazardous waste is not to be left on the kerbside or in a skip – special arrangements need to be made.

7) What noise restrictions are in place – you need to ensure that you are mindful of noise regulations when repairs are being conducted.

The Next Step

Once the correct procedures have been followed, you will find that your clean-up and repairs after the flood will go smoothly and be much less of a bother. You will soon be able to have a building inspection to confirm that all is in order again.