End-of-trip facilities are designated places that support cyclists, joggers and walkers in using alternative ways to travel to work rather than driving or taking public transport. These types of facilities also benefit people who exercise during their lunch break.
End-of-trip facilities include:
- secure bicycle parking
- locker facilities
- change rooms
New requirements for end-of-trip facilities
From 26 November 2010, end-of-trip facilities must be installed for all new major developments and major additions to major developments located in designated local government areas. These requirements are included in the Queensland Development Code (QDC) Mandatory Part 4.1 - Sustainable Buildings ( 97 KB), and apply statewide.
End-of-trip facilities should be easily accessible to users and located within the building or on-site within 100 metres of a main entrance to the building. The facilities must also be provided in accordance with prescribed workforce or occupant ratios.
To ensure the code is flexible and will adapt to local conditions, local governments may also require additional bicycle parking and storage facilities, locker facilities and change rooms. Local governments will also be able to expand the definition of a major development to encompass a broader range of buildings.
Buildings required to provide end-of trip facilities
New major developments include the following building types with a floor area greater than 2000 square metres:
- commercial office buildings
- shopping centres
- tertiary education facilities
Major additions to major developments including any addition to an existing major development that results in additional floor area of at least 1000 square metres will also be required to provide end-of-trip facilities under the new code.
Designated local government areas
Designated local government areas include the areas of the following local governments (as identified in Schedule 1 of the Queensland Development Code 4.1):
- Brisbane City Council
- Bundaberg Regional Council
- Cairns Regional Council
- Central Highlands Regional Council
- Fraser Coast Regional Council
- Gladstone Regional Council
- Gold Coast Regional Council
- Gympie Regional Council
- Ipswich City Council
- Logan City Council
- Mackay Regional Council
- Moreton Bay Regional Council
- Mount Isa City Council
- Redland City Council
- Rockhampton Regional Council
- Southern Downs Regional Council
- Sunshine Coast Regional Council
- Toowoomba Regional Council
- Townsville City Council
- Western Downs Regional Council
For local governments not listed above, it is recommended that the relevant local government be consulted.
Queensland Development Code 4.1 may also be adopted through a local government planning scheme or via a council resolution process. The resolution will be published in a local newspaper and available on the local government’s website.
Concessions to the end-of-trip requirements
In some circumstances it may not be appropriate for a major development to include an end-of-trip facility. For example, where the major development is a significant distance from a population centre or where road conditions would be hazardous to cyclists.
In these instances the building application will be referred to local government to determine whether the major development should be exempt from the requirement to include an end-of-trip facility.
Providing end-of-trip facilities in our buildings is a clear demonstration of how the Queensland Government, through Growth Management Queensland, is delivering sustainable outcomes for Queenslanders. It also supports our ambitious plan to transform South East Queensland’s transport network to increase cycling and walking, double public transport use and reduce car trips.
A fact sheet ( 114 KB) is available to help you understand these new requirements.