Do I Need a Building Permit?
Building permits are required for the construction of new buildings and structures including additions and alterations to existing buildings.
General work that will require a building permit includes:
- Swimming pools and spas
- Swimming pool security barriers
- Sheds, garages, and workshops (some exemptions apply)
- Patios, verandahs, gazebos, and pergolas (some exemptions apply)
- Retaining walls in excess of 500mm in height
- Residential dwellings
- Additions and alterations to residential dwellings, including granny flats
- Commercial buildings, including fit-outs and refurbishments
- Industrial buildings
- Water tanks with a capacity over 5000 litres
The following checklists will assist you with lodging your application. Please ensure that you forward all relevant information with your application, so that we can process it in a timely manner.
Commercial and Industrial Applications
It can take up to 10 business days from the date of lodgement to determine a certified application.
During the assessment period, if the Shire determines that further information is required the applicant will be contacted and requested to provide the outstanding information. Where it is determined that a Development Approval is required an applicant may request that their building application is placed on hold pending the outcome of the Development Application. Building Permits cannot be issued if Development approval is required.
Notices of Completion, Certificates of Building Compliance and Occupancy Certificates
Upon the completion of all works for which a building permit has been issued the nominated builder(s) are required to provide the Shire within 5 working days, a notice of Completion.
Builders of grouped dwellings (class 1a) are required to also provide the Shire with a Certificate of Building Compliance along with the Notice of Completion before the dwellings may be occupied.
All builders responsible for the construction of commercial works are required to provide the Shire with a Notice of Completion and a Certificate of Construction Compliance before any commercial or industrial building can be occupied.
Single dwellings and incidental structures (Classes 1a, 10a, 10b and 10c) do not require occupancy certificates.
Stormwater and Easement Requirements
Stormwater is surface water that originates during rains.
Property owners have a statutory obligation under common law precedents and a section in the Local Government Act 1995 to confine stormwater within their boundaries.
This can be achieved by collecting stormwater in rainwater tanks, by delivering it to soakwells within your property or where available by making a connection to piped stormwater infrastructure.
Please see information note below for additional information and requirements.