Most types of building work need a building permit. This can include, but not limited to:
- Construction of new dwellings
- Additions and renovations to dwellings
- Multi-unit residential developments
- Hotels and motels
- Commercial and industrial buildings
- Public buildings (schools, halls and community buildings)
- Garages, sheds, carports or roofed pergolas
- Swimming pools
- Packing sheds and machinery sheds
- Front fences, depending on height type of construction and distance from street alignment and points of intersection on corner allotment
- Side and rear allotment boundary fences which exceed 2m in height
If you don’t obtain a building permit
Under the Building Act 1993 and the Building Regulations 2018 building work cannot start before a building permit is issued. You could be subject to prosecution and significant financial penalties for any work done without a building permit.
You may also have problems selling your property if details of all the building permits cannot be provided. You might also have to pay significant costs to fix building works done without a permit.
Lapsed building permits
Building permits lapse in the following situations
Where appropriate, Council’s Municipal Building Surveyor may grant an extension to start or complete works covered by a building permit issued by Council.
Building permits issued by private building surveyors can only be extended by the private building surveyor.
The start or completion periods can only be extended before the lapse of the permit.
The application to extend the time of a Council permit must include the following :
- Describes the stage of work
- The works to be completed
- Reasons for the extension of time
- Include the prescribed fee
Building a small second home: location and permits
From the 14 December 2023 a small second home can be built on most properties in residential and rural zones without a planning permit.
A building permit is always required.
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