Do I Need a Permit?
Contacting your local council will save you the anguish and expense of doing work without the necessary approvals and certificates.

Permits

If you are considering a building project or renovation work on your home contact your council and establish what permits and approvals are required and the procedures for obtaining them. You may need to lodge a Development Application (or a DA) depending on the size and nature of the work and its environmental impact.

All States and Territories have their own approval systems. The work you are intending may be exempt from council consent because the council has already determined, and the community has agreed, that this work will have minimal or no impact on neighbours (such as some fences or garden sheds). Or it may be a 'complying' development which still requires consent but can be fast- tracked through the approval process.

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Construction Certificate

If your development proposal involves building or subdivision work, you may also need to obtain a construction certificate for the building plans, specifications or engineering drawings. You will have to appoint a principal certifying authority to oversee the construction process (the council has officers who can act as this authority or you can appoint a qualified individual).

If your development is deemed to need approvals from other agencies (such as heritage, infrastructure and planning, or environment and conservation) it's your responsibility to identify them when you lodge your development application.

So it's essential to consult the council planning department and any other relevant Government agency before you lodge a development application.

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Owner-Builder requirements

In many States, if you're doing the work yourself or supervising other contractors, you will need to be certified as an owner-builder if the work exceeds a certain value. In NSW, for example, anyone undertaking a building project or renovations costing more than $12,000 is required to hold an owner-builder permit which can be obtained only after completing an approved educational course or training. 

Owner-builder regulations do not apply in the ACT, South Australia, Northern Territory or Tasmania. In other States, however, check with your appropriate Government department for their requirements.

New South Wales
Office of Fair Trading

Queensland
Building Services Authority

Victoria
Consumer Affairs Victoria

Western Australia
Builder's Registration Board




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