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Building Permits

Most building projects, renovations, demolitions and removals in Australia will require a building permit.

What is a building permit?

A building permit is written approval from a registered surveyor that confirms your building project meets your state€s building regulations.

Do I need a building permit?

While most building projects require a permit, smaller jobs like freestanding sheds, pergolas and small fences may not.

Regulations differ between states, so always check with your local council to see if a permit is required for your specific project.

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Obtaining a building permit

Your building contract will specify whether you or the builder is responsible for getting a permit. Generally, it's easier to leave this up to your builder, but if you choose to do it yourself you'll need to:

  1. Talk to your council about zoning, restrictions and any energy-efficiency requirements.
  2. Draw up draft plans with your builder or architect.
  3. Talk to your neighbours about your plans. In some case you will need their approval to get a permit.
  4. Present your draft plans to the council and take any feedback on board.
  5. Lodge your finalised application with your council.

Your council might take some time to process the application, but if it's all in order you will be issued with a building permit and can start contruction.

Appealing a rejected building permit

If your application is rejected, you have the right to appeal. Before you do, consult a town planner to make sure you actually have a case.

Inspections and approval

Once you've got a permit, a building surveyor will inspect your site at various stages of your development to ensure it meets the permit€s requirements. You will also need an inspection when the work is completed.

Planning Permits

A planning permit is a separate document relating to what your land is used for. Check with your local council to see if you need a planning permit for your project.

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