I obtained advice that I didn’t need a building permit for the works, why has a notice been served?

Unless you received advice about the need for a permit from a registered building practitioner, preferably a building surveyor, it is likely you have been misinformed. Building surveyors are well versed in the requirements of the Building Act and Regulations and can provide knowledgeable advice on your proposed project.

Even something as simple as increasing the size of an internal doorway can trigger the need for a building permit as it has structural implications for the building. As the owner of the property, your are responsible for ensuring that the building work that you do has the necessary permits and approvals before works commencing. While you may have done the right thing by asking the question in the first place, you are still responsible for your property. If in doubt, ask a registered building surveyor, or contact your local council.