Do I Need a Building Permit?

Small building works such as a wall or a garden shed less than 10m2, may not require a building permit. However, under some circumstances such as when underground pipes or fire safety are involved, a permit may be required. As the building owner, you may need specific permission in addition to a building permit, such as if you want to build on or near an easement or are within a heritage overlay area.

If you need a building permit, you will almost always need an Asset Protection Permit from Council, and you may need special permission from Council if you need access through Council owned property such as reserves. Furthermore, please remember that even if you don’t need a building permit, you will still need a planning permit if you are proposing to build on an allotment of land less than 500m2.

The advice can be obtained either in person at the Civic Centre between 8.15am-5.00pm or by calling 9518 3555.  

If you know you require a building permit, please see the following page for information on: How to Apply for a Building Permit.

Your ‘property information’ is generally referred to in connection with mortgages, zones, overlays and easements affecting your property.  In turn this may affect your building plans, please check the following page for details on how to view this information:  Property Information.

Permit Requirements

Council has made a few questions so you can quickly check out your permit needs:

Is the work on a commercial property?

You will need not only a Building Permit but a Planning Permit as well.

Are you an owner-builder?

Do you own the land being developed and are you planning on doing the majority of the physical work involved yourself?

Owner-builders fall into a category all their own when it comes to the relevant rules, regulation and paperwork.

You will need not only a building permit but several other pieces of paperwork including a Certificate of Consent if the value of the proposed work is above $16,000. Please contact Council for further details about your requirements on 9518 3555.

Is the land involved a subdivision?

You will need not only a Building Permit but a Planning Permit. Subdividing your land into two or more plots, such as when building another house or unit in your backyard.

Is the building work specifically required by safety regulations?

Generally you won’t require permission to complete building projects such as installing a smoke alarm, as these are required by law in order to fulfill safety requirements. However you will need to show you are complying with safety regulations to successfully apply for a building permit.

Potential safety issues like termites and bushfire safety need to be taken into account, and may require additional information and permits.

Similarly, if the building you are demolishing or altering was built prior to 1990 it is highly likely that it contains asbestos, which is a health hazard.  Find out more about asbestos on the following page:

If you require a building permit, please see the following page for information on How to Apply for a Building Permit.

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Last updated: 21 October 2016