FAQs

What is meant by zoning and what is my land zoned?
Each parcel of land has a zone (being a colour on a map) that defines what use and development may be undertaken. Some parcels have unique characteristics and may also be subject to overlays and further code requirements. You can find the zoning of your land by visiting or calling our Customer Service Centre with two pieces of information (address/title reference/owner), via Planning Scheme Maps or My Planning Enquiry.

When do I need to lodge a Development Application?
A requirement for a development application is determined by the zoning of the particular land parcel and what use and/or development to be undertaken. In some cases an application is not required. If one is required it might have a Permitted or Discretionary status, a Discretionary application having to be advertised to the public. You can check if you need an application by contacting us with two pieces of information (address/title reference/owner), or via My Planning Enquiry. You are also welcome to make an appointment with planner to discuss your project.

What is the difference between the building and planning processes and approvals?
Planning determines what can be undertaken on land whereas building determine how a building is to be constructed to insure the integrity of the building. It is strongly recommended that you ask what other approvals you may need when at the very start of your project. Most developments require some form of building approval.

How do I apply, how much does it cost and how long does it take to process my development application?
Applications can be made online or via email or in person at Council's Customer Service CentreThe fees are dependent on the status of your application and the value of the proposed works. See general fees here(PDF, 572KB)Similarly, the time taken to assess your application depends on the status and complexity of your project.

What if my property is heritage listed?
You can find out if your property is listed by visiting  or calling our Customer Service Centre with two pieces of information (address/title reference/owner) or via Planning Scheme Maps. This may impose some additional controls on the development you wish to undertake. Your property may also be listed by the Tasmanian Heritage Council

How do I apply for a minor amendment or extension to an existing planning permit?
In some circumstances a minor change may be possible to a Planning Permit. The change must meet the requirements set by the legislative requirements of Section 56 of the Land Use Planning Approvals Act 1993 . It is important to check with the Council to see if the amendment meets the requirements of the Act. An Amendment Form(PDF, 82KB) must be lodged with a covering letter to explain the proposed change along with plans, where applicable, and the relevant fee(PDF, 572KB). We suggest you call the planner who assessed your application to discuss whether the proposed changes would be acceptable. 

Do I need a permit to clear vegetation on my property?
Certain codes include controls on vegetation removal including but not necessarily limited to Scenic Management, Heritage Code, Cataract Gorge Management Area and Biodiversity Code. Therefore if such an overlay applies it is most likely an application is necessary.  Please contact us to help.

Do I need a permit to fence my property?
Some zones impose controls relating to construction of fences. Side and rear fences are generally dealt with under exemptions. Check the requirements for your zone. Adjoining neighbour concerns in relation to side and rear boundary fences are a civil matter. For more information see the Tasmanian Legal Aid Commission's  Fact Sheet or Boundary Fence Act 1908.

Do I need a permit for a shed?
This is dependent on the zone of your land and the proposed shed size. You can find the zoning of your land by visiting or calling our Customer Service Centre with two pieces of information (address/title ref/owner), or via Planning Scheme Maps or My Planning Inquiry.

Do I need a permit for signage?
Most new signs require approval, therefore a Development Application for a Planning Permit is required. Most existing signs can be refaced without a further application.

How do I submit a representation to a development application?
Discretionary applications are advertised for public comment. If you have any concern with an advertised Development Application, you can make a written representation to the General Manager during the prescribed advertising period. You may use the Development Application Representation Letter(PDF, 71KB) or address your objection to the General Manager, City of Launceston, PO Box 396, Launceston TAS 7250 or email contactus@launceston.tas.gov.auIf a report on a development application matter goes to a Council meeting, the full content of the submission is included in the report and becomes available for public access. It is therefore the responsibility of the author of the submission to make sure that what is written is factual, fair and reasonable, and is not defamatory against any person.

I wish to rent a room and/or my property out for Visitor Accommodation (Airbnb, Stayz), do I need planning approval?
On July 1 2017, the Minister issued an interim planning directive for Visitor Accommodation.

Visitor Accommodation is exempt from requiring planning approval if the dwelling is located within a residential zone and only let while the owner or occupier is on vacation or temporarily absent; or the dwelling is used by the owner or occupier as their main place of residence, and visitors are accommodated in not more than 4 bedrooms.

A 'Permitted' planning permit is required if :

· The use is located within a residential zone;
· Guests are accommodated within an existing building;
· The building has a gross floor area of not more than 300m², and
· All other requirements in the planning scheme are met that are necessary for a 'Permitted' use.

A capped fee of $250 will apply for a 'Permitted' change of use planning application.

If the accommodation doesn't meet the above requirements a 'discretionary' planning permit under the planning scheme will be required.

Please note this advice only relates to properties located within the General Residential Zone, Inner Residential Zone, Low Density Residential Zone, Rural Living Zone, Environmental Living Zone and Village Zone. If your property is within any other zone please contact us to provide further advise. 

Information sheet - Visitor Accommodation
Standard Application Package Form (PDF, 188KB)