The permit you need depends on what construction work you are doing. You may need:
- a building permit
- a planning permit
- a building and a planning permit.
You may not need a permit at all.
A planning permit ensures your proposed work complies with government planning guidelines.
It assesses the impact work may have on:
- the site
- neighbouring land
- the environment.
- hours of operation
- loss of privacy
- safety or traffic issues
- any impact on the surrounding environment (for example, waterways and landscapes).
Local councils issue all planning permits.
Contact Planning Services to learn more about planning permits.
A building permit makes sure any building work or alteration complies with the:
- Building Regulations 2018
- Building Act 1993
- Building Code of Australia.
Building permits can be issued by a:
- municipal building surveyor through Council, or
- registered private building surveyor.
Important things to know
You need to be aware that:
- you may not need a building or planning permit.
- if your construction or renovation project needs a building permit, you cannot start the project without it.
- your building permit must be consistent with your planning permit. This includes any requested conditions and endorsed plans.
- building permits guarantee that independent parties sign-off all key stages of the project.
- planning permits operate under the Planning & Environment Act 1987.
- building permits operate under the Building Act 1993.
Contact Building Services to learn more about building permits.
Or call our Building Services team on 9298 8000.