As from 1st January 2017, a New Building Act was introduced. The Building Act 2016 and Building Regulations 2017.
With the new changes to the building act there are now 4 categories that the work can fall under which means you may not require a building permit. Building determinations are available on the Consumer, Building and Occupational Services website at:
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.
Owner builder requirements have also changed and information is available via the Consumer, Building and Occupational Services 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.
Form 80 to be submitted on 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.
We recommend a Form 80 to be submitted to council upon completion of any Category 1 & 2 work with a site plan attached.
Please also note that permits issued prior to the 1st of January 2017 will expire on the 30th June 2020 unless renewed or completed. Further information can be found in CBOS' Expired Permits Brochure.