Building Permits

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The Permit Authority is the body within Council that provides the necessary Building and Plumbing Permits to carry out building and/or plumbing work in the municipality.

If you are planning to carry out any building work you may require a building and/or plumbing permit from the Permit Authority. 

Building work requiring a building permit may include but is not limited to the following: new buildings; alterations and/or additions to existing buildings; change of use; garages, carports and sheds; swimming pools; other structures such as retaining walls and fences over specified heights.  

A permit is also needed for all plumbing and drainage work including installation, repair and replacement. A registered plumber must lodge a start-work notice with us. 

You will need to find out if you require a permit before you commence work. If you carry out works without the necessary permits in place you will be in breach of the Building Act 2000 and penalties will apply.

Visit our Customer Service Centre Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm and speak to one of our building officers about the process. No appointment is necessary. 

Documents needed for a Building Permit

Below are checklists of requirements when applying for a Building and/or Plumbing Permits from our Permit Authority.

A Planning Permit may also be required for your proposed development. Refer to our Planning area for more information.

Please be aware an application for a Planning Permit can be made in conjunction with a Building Permit.

New House or Extension

1. Building Design plans by an accredited designer
Ensures Australian Standards and legislation have been met
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Confirm if a Planning Permit is required at this stage

2. Engineering Report
Outlines structural integrity of proposed development

3. Soil Test
Assesses consistency and elements of soil

4. Energy Efficiency Report
Verifies development complies with efficiency standards

5. TasWater Exemption
Ensures your development will not compromise existing TasWater Infrastructure

6. Building surveyor certification of all plans and documents
Ensures proposal has been assessed and approved by an accredited surveyor

New Shed or Outbuilding

1. Design plans by an accredited designer
Ensures Australian Standards and legislation have been met

2. Structural drawings from either accredited designer or manufacturer
Ensures Australian Standards and legislation have been met

3. TasWater Exemption
Ensures your development will not compromise existing TasWater Infrastructure

4. Building surveyor certification for all plans and documents
Ensures proposal has been assessed and approved by an accredited surveyor

 New Deck or Pergola

1. Design plans by an accredited designer
Ensures Australian Standards and legislation have been met

2. Structural drawings from either accredited designer or manufacturer
Ensures Australian Standards and legislation have been met

3. TasWater Exemption
Ensures your development will not compromise existing TasWater Infrastructure

4. Building surveyor certification for all plans and documents
Ensures proposal has been assessed and approved by an accredited surveyor