As from 1st January 2017, a New Building Act was introduced. The Building Act 2016 and Building Regulations 2016
Some building work may no longer require a permit, some work will still require a permit. Determinations are available via this link to Department of Justice website
Owner builder requirements have also changed and information is available via the Department of Justice website link for clarification.
*State Government Fees are payable on all work over $20,000 regardless of building work category. Payment of fees are collected by the Permit Authority at Council office.
There are now 4 categories of building work;
Category 1 – Determined by the owner
Low Risk Building work which can be done by an owner, or competent person, or licensed builder. All criteria must be met for the work to be in this category and if met, No permit is required. Details of some low risk work must be submitted to Council once the work has been completed.
Description of work: Porch-roofed and enclosed weather protection around an external doorway or veranda roofed
Limitations: to a maximum size of 9m2 and a minimum boundary setback of 900mm.
Explanatory Notes: Upon completion details are to be provided to Council
Category 2 – Determined by a licensed builder
Low Risk Building work performed by a licensed Builder (or a competent person only where specified). All criteria must be met for the work to be in this category and if met, No permit is required. Details of some low risk work must be submitted to Council once the work has been completed.
Description of work: Shed/garage/carport –Prefabricated and engineer designed,
Limitations: erection must be by a licensed builder or a competent person (definition available) maximum size 36m2, single storey, maximum height 4.5m and if located in a bushfire-prone area it must be located a minimum of 6metres from any habitable building and if located in a medium-active or high hazard band
Explanatory Notes: For storage purposes, including vehicle parking and details to be provided to Council after completion
Category 3 – Determined by a licensed builder
NOTIFIABLE WORKS. Can only be undertaken by a licensed builder/demolisher under the authorisation of a Building Surveyor. Owner can do the work but requires an Owner Builder Permit and will become a category 4-Building Permit work.
Building Work notifiable by a Building Surveyor to permit Authority. This will require plans and documents to be submitted to a Building Surveyor for assessment and issue of a Certificate of Likely Compliance and notified to the local Permit Authority (Council)
Description of work: Residential buildings (dwellings) including new construction
Limitations: All criteria as required by the new Act MUST be met. Contact a Building Surveyor for clarification.
Category 4 – All other work outside of category 1, 2 or 3.
PERMIT WORK can only be undertaken by a licensed builder/demolisher under the authorisation of a Building Surveyor. Owner can do the work but requires an Owner Builder Permit
Building Work which requires a Building Permit or a Demolition Permit. This is all work outside 1, 2 and 3 will require a Building Permit from Council Permit Authority.
ALL BUILDING WORK STILL REQUIRES PLANNING AND PLUMBING TO ASSESS FOR ANY FURTHER REQUIREMENTS
Prior to commencing any building work, please contact the Council Building Department on 6323 9315 for further information