building & development
Building Permits
building & development
Building Permits
Almost all building works require a Building Permit. In some cases, you may also require a Planning Permit.

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Council does not issue Building Permits, these are issued through Private Building Surveyors.
There are currently no Planning Scheme Amendments on exhibition.
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If you are not sure if your project requires a Permit, contact Council or a Private Building Surveyor.

Under current building regulations some of the following works listed below are exempt from a Building Permit. All other building works require a Permit.

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Freestanding Pergolas or Sheds etc.

Requirements For Exemptions From Building Permit

Where the freestanding building works:

  • Do not exceed more than 10m² in floor area, and
  • Are no more than 3m height, or if located within 1m away from the boundary, is not more than 2.4m height (unroofed pergola up to 20m²), and
  • Are not dwellings, garages etc located further forward to the allotment boundary than the building to which it is connected to, and
  • Are not constructed of masonry.

Demolition of Freestanding Pergolas, Verandas, Carports, Garages, Sheds etc.

Requirements For Exemptions From Building Permit

Where the demolition works incorporate a building that:

  • Is not constructed from masonry, and
  • Does not exceed 40m² in floor area, and
  • Will not adversely affect the safety of the public or the safety of the occupiers of the building, and
  • Is not work carried out on, or in connection with, a building included on the heritage register within the meaning of the Heritage Act 1995.

Repair or Maintenance of an Existing Building

Requirements For Exemptions From Building Permit

Where the Repair or Maintenance works:

  • Will not adversely affect the structural soundness of the building and do not include: increase or decrease in floor area, or underpinning or replacement of footings (eg restumping), or removal or alteration of building element that is contributing to the support of any other element of a building, and
  • Are done using materials commonly used in the same purpose as the materials being replaced e.g. wood for wood, metal for metal (not masonry), and
  • Will not affect the safety of the public or building occupants

Fencing - Front allotment, side and rear allotment boundaries

In some instances a building permit is required for a fence, depending on the location and height of the fence. Download a diagram indicating the Allowable Fence Height that can be built without a Building Permit.

Does your fence need a building permit?

  • Side or rear boundary fence less than 2m in height: No
  • Side or rear boundary fence more than 2m in height: Yes
  • Front fence of any building material that is more than 1m in height, within 9m of the point of the intersection of street title alignment: Yes
  • Front timber fence less than 1.5m in height  (excluding street corners): No
  • Front fence of any building material greater than 1.5m in height: Yes
  • Front brick fence more than 1.2m in height: Yes
  • See through chain wire fence for a tennis court having a height of up to 3m: No

A Planning Permit may also be required for fencing under Flooding or Heritage Overlays.


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This page was last published on: 
Thursday, October 7, 2021