Building Application Information
The following frequently asked questions should provide relevant information to help you with your building/plumbing application and the building process.
Frequently Asked Questions
- When would I require a building permit?
- What are my responsibilities under the Building Act?
- What application forms do I need for building works and certificates?
- Do I need a permit for temporary structures and for temporary changes of use to a building?
- Where can I find information regarding current building issues?
- Do I need to use accredited building practitioners for building work?
- What are my responsibilities as an owner/builder?
- When would I require a plumbing permit?
- What are my responsibilities under the Building Act 2000 and Plumbing Regulations 2004?
- What application forms do I need for plumbing works and certificates?
- Where can I find information regarding current plumbing issues?
- Do I need to use a registered plumber for plumbing works?
1. When would I require a building permit?
In most circumstances building work will require a permit from your local Council. Also please note that your building work may require planning and plumbing permits prior to the granting of your building permit.
It is your responsibility as the property owner to ensure that a building permit is in place prior to commencement of any building work. A building permit may not be required if you can provide certification from a building surveyor that the work consists of minor alterations or repairs.
If you believe a building permit is not required you should seek written confirmation from a building surveyor prior to commencing any works. If you carry out work without a permit, an illegal building notice will be issued which will either lead to demolition or a Permit to Proceed or Certificate of Substantial Compliance which includes paying a fee double the usual amount. This also encumbers the property, which means that any future potential purchaser will be advised that this work was done without a permit.
For customer convenience Council has a Building Surveyor who can provide certification and inspection services locally. The Building Surveyor will assess your plans and issue the Certificate of Likely Compliance during the processing of your application for a building permit and complete the required inspections during construction.
2. What are my responsibilities under the Building Act?
The Building Act 2000, the Building Regulations 2004 and Plumbing Regulations 2004 regulate building and plumbing work in Tasmania. These laws and codes apply to everyone who undertakes building and plumbing work.
The following links detail the Building Act 2000 and Building Regulations 2004.
3.What application forms do I need for building works and certificates?
Supporting the Building Act 2000 and the Building Regulations 2004 are a number of specified forms that standardise applications for building works and required certificates.
For your convenience the following link provides quick access to the Break O'Day Development Application Form.
Please Note - The applications will not be processed until the fees are paid.
4. Do I need a permit for temporary structures and for temporary changes of use to a building?
A temporary occupancy permit may be required for temporary structures (for example, tents or stages) or for buildings being adapted for occupation or activities that modify its original approval. Please seek confirmation from a Building Surveyor regarding exemptions.
If the temporary structure is not exempt you will need to do the following:
- Contact a building surveyor who will provide you with the appropriate certification.
- Lodge your application for a temporary occupancy permit.
5. Where can I find information regarding current building issues?
The following advisory notes and news updates are issued to assist in the interpretation of Tasmanian building legislation and to keep the Building Industry informed of developments occurring with the Building Code of Australia and its reference documents.
6. Do I need to use accredited building practitioners for building work?
If the building work requires a building permit, and the value of the works exceeds $5000.00, then the contractor responsible for the building work must be an accredited building practitioner. "Building work" includes the design, construction and assessment of the work, and includes demolition.
- Register of Accredited Building Practitioners
- Building - Are you using an accredited building practitioner?
7. What are my responsibilities as an owner/builder?
Within the building permit process an owner/builder is an owner of a property that takes on the responsibilities of the builder. To be an owner/builder you need to meet a certain criteria and understand both your obligations and restrictions. Below are links to the useful information regarding the responsibilities and obligations of being an owner/builder.
Warning: It is an offence for any person other than an appropriately accredited builder or an owner builder to manage or carry out the work of a builder. Building work carried out or managed by an owner builder may be subject of an audit by the Director of Building Control.
The following frequently asked questions should provide relevant information to help you with your plumbing application and the plumbing process. (Please note plumbing work is incorporated within the Building Act 2000.)
8. Plumbing Work and Plumbing Permits
In most circumstances plumbing work will require a permit from your local Council. It is your responsibility as the property owner to ensure that a plumbing permit is in place prior to commencement of any plumbing work.
A plumbing permit may not be required if the work is categorised as exempt plumbing work under the I.
If you believe a plumbing permit is not required you should seek confirmation from the Council and from the registered plumber undertaking the project prior to commencing any works. Please note substantial penalties apply to persons undertaking plumbing work without a permit.
9. Building Act 2000 and Plumbing Regulations 2004 Information
The Building Act 2000, along with the Plumbing Regulations 2004 are laws regulating building and plumbing work in Tasmania. These laws and the associated codes apply to everyone who undertakes plumbing work.
The following links detail the Building Act 2000 and Plumbing Regulations 2004.
10. General Plumbing Information
The links to Workplace Standards Tasmania (Department of Justice) provide a current source of relevant plumbing information.
11. Registered Plumbers
All plumbing work as defined by the Building Act 2000 including installing, altering or maintaining a plumbing installation (i.e. roofing, drainage, pipe work) must be undertaken by a plumber who holds an appropriate certificate of registration under the Plumbers and Gas-fitters Registration Act 1951.