Emergency building work can be carried out at a Queensland Heritage Place (a place entered in the Queensland Heritage Register) and a local heritage place without first seeking a permit. Emergency work is work that is necessary because of an emergency endangering the life or health of a person or the structural safety of a building.
If practicable before starting the work, the advice of a registered professional engineer should be obtained.
In planning and carrying out the emergency work, the person undertaking the work must take all reasonable steps to ensure the work is reversible. If it is not reversible, the person must be able to demonstrate that they have tried to keep the impact of the work on the cultural heritage significance of the Queensland Heritage Place or local heritage place to a minimum.
As soon as possible after starting the work, the person must:
- give written notice to EHP that they are carrying out emergency work at a Queensland Heritage Place
- apply for any permits that would otherwise be required for the work.
If, approval is subsequently refused, the person must remove the emergency building work as soon as practicable.