Do I need a permit?

Common types of building work

Permit required

Alterations and Additions

Additions to a dwelling or any other building

Yes - Building_permit_application_form.pdf

Structural alterations to a dwelling or any other building

Yes - Building_permit_application_form.pdf

Removal or alteration to a load bearing part of a building

Yes - Building_permit_application_form.pdf

Carports/Garages

Freestanding floor area not exceeding 10m², no more than 3m high, not constructed of masonry and located no further forward on the allotment than the associated building.

No

Attached to another building

Yes - Building_permit_application_form.pdf

Setback less than the associated building

Yes - Building_permit_application_form.pdf

 Decks  
 Deck any height.
 Yes 2013_Joint_Building_Permit_Application_Form.doc

Demolition/Removal

Demolition or removal of part or all of a building

Yes - Building_permit_application_form.pdf

Fences

Construction of a side or boundary fence less than 2m high and not within 3m of a street alignment

No

Construction of a brick front fence more than 1.2m high and not within 9 m of a street corner

Yes - Building_permit_application_form.pdf

Construction of a timber front fence less than 1.5m

No

Construction of a side or boundary fence more than 2m high

Yes - Building_permit_application_form.pdf

Construction of a fence that is more than 1m high, within 9m of the point of intersection of a street corner

Yes - Building_permit_application_form.pdf

Construction of a chain wire tennis court fence

No

Masts/Antennas

Height more than:-

-3m above the highest point of a building

Yes - Building_permit_application_form.pdf

8m above the ground

Yes - Building_permit_application_form.pdf

Pergolas and Verandahs

Construction of a pergola (unroofed) associated with a house, not exceeding 20m² in area, not more than 3m high and located no further forward on the allotment than the dwelling

No

Construction of a pergola or verandah (roofed) associated with any building

Yes - Building_permit_application_form.pdf

Retaining Walls

Construction on or near site boundaries (any height) in order to maintain the stability of the adjoining property

Yes - Building_permit_application_form.pdf

Construction of a retaining wall 1m or more in height.

Yes - Building_permit_application_form.pdf

Reblocking

Reblocking or restumping of an existing building

Yes - Building_permit_application_form.pdf

Roofing

Replacing of corrugated iron roofing with concrete or terracotta tiles

Yes - Building_permit_application_form.pdf

Replacing of corrugated iron roofing with "colourbond" or other pre-finished sheets

No

Signs

More than 1m above ground and within 3m of the street alignment

Yes - Building_permit_application_form.pdf

More than 8m above ground level and more than 6m² in display area

Yes - Building_permit_application_form.pdf

Sheds

Erection of a shed more than 10m² in area

Yes - Building_permit_application_form.pdf

Solar Hot Water Units

Generally a building permit is not required for solar panels however it should be remembered that the structural integrity of your roof could be adversely affected by the weight, particularly if storage of water is included. Further advice should be sought from the supplier regarding unit weight. A planning permit may be required in Heritage areas.

No

Swimming Pools/Spas

Construction of an Inground or above ground pool or spa greater than 30cm in depth

Yes - Building_permit_application_form.pdf

Water Tanks.

No

A building permit is not required for a water tank on the ground however siting guidelines should be observed particularly when close to neighbour's boundaries.

Windows

Replacement of windows with similar type windows, where no structural alterations are required

No

Installation of "bay" or "corner" type windows where structural alterations are required

Yes - Building_permit_application_form.pdf

Wood heaters

Installation of a wood heater - solid fuel burning appliance.

Note: Installation should comply with manufacturers installation instructions and flues should be installed by a registered plumber and a compliance certificate provided.

No

Now I need a permit what information will I have to provide?

For a Garage or Carport.

For Verandahs, Pergolas and Patios

For Granny Flats & Bungalows

For Swimming Pools, Spas and Barrier Fences

For Dwellings Additions and Alterations

Last updated: 10 February 2014