Planning and Building

What is the difference between a Planning Permit and a Building Permit?

The planning permit and building permit systems operate under different legislation (The Planning & Environment Act 1987, and The Building Act 1993) and are two very different processes.

Generally, planning is concerned with the land - the way it will be used and/or developed, whereas building is concerned with the actual construction - its quality and its safety.

Planning permits are the approval of "what" you wish to do and "where" you want to do it. They give approval for the use and/or development of land for a specific proposal.

  • Planning permits are issued by local Councils.
  • Planning permits ensure the development complies with local and State Government regulations.
  • Planning permits give authorisation for a use or development on a particular piece of land.

Building permits authorise the construction or alteration of a building/s, focusing on its structural safety and amenity.

  • Building Permits are issued by local Councils or a private building surveyor.
  • Building permits approve and allow building projects to proceed.
  • Building permits ensure the building regulations are followed.
  • Building permits ensure key structural stages of the project are independently inspected.

When both a planning permit and a building permit are required for a proposal, then the planning permit must be approved and issued before the building permit can be. The building permit must be consistent with the planning permit.

Please contact a member of the Planning team or Building team if you are unsure about the permits you require.

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Last updated: 03 June 2014