A development approval is required before you start building and/or plumbing and drainage work on your property. This includes renovations, alterations and additions, and before constructing retaining walls, carports and swimming pools. Council officers can inspect and approve your construction project in line with state laws and regulations.
Council's building section can assist with building applications and assessment for Class 1 (dwelling) and class 10 (shed/pool) where they are lodged with Council.
Council has limited capacity to receive and assess commercial/industrial building application therefore Council recommends you lodge the application with a Private Certifier.
A Private Certifier must lodge a copy of all documentation to Council which will keep Council's property information up to date.
Further information and information packs on how to lodge a building applications can be located on the following links:
- Building application guidelines
- Building Class 1 and 10 Information Pack 2020-2021
- Building Class 10b Swimming Pool and Spa Information Pack 2020-2021
- Building Preliminary Removal Dwelling Information Pack 2020-2021
- Building approved forms
- Infrastructure charges
Under the Planning Act 2016 - section 86, a customer may apply for an extension of time on a current building permit currency period. An application must be submitted on Council's approved form together with the appropriate payment and supporting documentation before the lapsing period on the permit.
Construction involving plumbing and drainage work is regulated within the requirements of the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018, Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2019, codes and standards.
From 1 July 2019, permit application are divided into two streams - Fast Track and Standard applications which significantly reduces the timeframes for assessment by Local Government.
All permit work requires Council approval and in each case, an application must be lodged within Council together with required documents and fees.
Further information and information packs on how to lodge a plumbing applications can be located on the following links:
- Plumbing application guidelines
- Plumbing Classes 1 through to Class 10 information pack 2020-2021
- External Plumbing Government Forms - Plumbing and drainage approved forms from 1 July 2019
Commencing 1 July 2019, a plumbing permit takes effect the day of issue and ends two (2) years from this date. Under Section 43 of the Plumbing & Drainage Regulation 2019, an eligible person may apply to extend the term of the permit or apply for an amendment to the permit for no more than two (2) years.
An application must be submitted on the approved Form 2 together with the appropriate payment and any supporting documentation at least ten (10) business days before the permit ends.
Building and plumbing applications can be lodged either by:
- email (see details below)
- in person or by post.
Applicants must follow council's requirements for lodgment - How to lodge an application.