Frequently Asked Questions

Building Permits

Do all building works require a building permit?

A building permit is required for all new construction, all alterations and repairs that are structural, and all alterations that change the use of a building.

What is the difference between a building permit and a planning permit?

Planning permits deal with the development and use in principal covering such areas as aesthetics, type of building layout, landscaping, and must be obtained prior to the issue of any building permit.

What are building permits?

Building permits are the documents that signify that a building surveyor has approved documentation for proposed building work prior to its commencement.

Occupancy Permits

What would happen if I didn’t obtain a building permit?


Undertaking building work without obtaining the necessary building permit is a serious offense and can result in severe penalties.

What is an occupancy permit?


Occupancy permits are issued at the completion of a building or renovating project when every item that can affect safety is in place and fully operational, such as the water supply; smoke alarms, alarm systems, handrails and balustrades.

Compliance of Existing Structures

I just received a Building Notice from Council. What should I do now?

Occupancy permits are issued at the completion of a building or renovating project when every item that can affect safety is in place and fully operational, such as the water supply; smoke alarms, alarm systems, handrails and balustrades.

The notice mentions demolition. Does that mean I need to demolish my work?

Occupancy permits are issued at the completion of a building or renovating project when every item that can affect safety is in place and fully operational, such as the water supply; smoke alarms, alarm systems, handrails and balustrades.

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

Occupancy permits are issued at the completion of a building or renovating project when every item that can affect safety is in place and fully operational, such as the water supply; smoke alarms, alarm systems, handrails and balustrades.

I recently purchased the property and was not responsible for the works in the building notice. Do I still have to comply?

Occupancy permits are issued at the completion of a building or renovating project when every item that can affect safety is in place and fully operational, such as the water supply; smoke alarms, alarm systems, handrails and balustrades.

Essential Safety Measures

Why do you need building compliance certification?

Occupancy permits are issued at the completion of a building or renovating project when every item that can affect safety is in place and fully operational, such as the water supply; smoke alarms, alarm systems, handrails and balustrades.

How do you achieve compliance certification?

Occupancy permits are issued at the completion of a building or renovating project when every item that can affect safety is in place and fully operational, such as the water supply; smoke alarms, alarm systems, handrails and balustrades.

What types of building are affected?

Occupancy permits are issued at the completion of a building or renovating project when every item that can affect safety is in place and fully operational, such as the water supply; smoke alarms, alarm systems, handrails and balustrades.

What happens if an owner doesn’t comply?

Occupancy permits are issued at the completion of a building or renovating project when every item that can affect safety is in place and fully operational, such as the water supply; smoke alarms, alarm systems, handrails and balustrades.

Owner Builder

Who is an Owner Builder?

Occupancy permits are issued at the completion of a building or renovating project when every item that can affect safety is in place and fully operational, such as the water supply; smoke alarms, alarm systems, handrails and balustrades.

When is a certificate of consent required?

Occupancy permits are issued at the completion of a building or renovating project when every item that can affect safety is in place and fully operational, such as the water supply; smoke alarms, alarm systems, handrails and balustrades.