Building permits are issued by a registered building surveyor and generally relate only to the construction aspects of a particular building or development. However, there are times when a planning permit may also be required.
Planning permits are legal documents giving permission for a land use or development to occur on a specified parcel of land.
If a planning permit is required, it must be obtained before a building permit can be issued, however, both applications can be made at the same time.
A planning permit does not remove the need to obtain a building permit.
If you plan to do some building work around the house, you should check with us to find out whether you need a building permit.
You may need a building permit for the following types of works:
- building extensions and renovations
- garages and sheds
- building removal
- verandas and deckings
- retaining walls
- re-stumping an existing building
You generally need to obtain a Council planning permit to change the use of land, or to construct new or change existing buildings.
You may need a planning permit to:
- start a business
- prune or remove a tree
- subdivide land
- build 2 or more dwellings (units/townhouses)
- extend your home
- change the use of land or buildings
- display a sign
- reduce required car parking spaces
- develop in rural areas
- open a restaurant, cafe, bar or tavern
- install a satellite dish
- remove or vary a covenant/restriction