Building Permits are the written approval to proceed with construction work or a change of use and must be obtained prior to any construction taking place. Almost all building work will require a Building Permit to proceed.
Building Permits can be issued once a Building Surveyor has received plans and documentation that meet the requirements of the following:
- Building Code of Australia
- The Building Act 1993
- Building Interim Regulations
The Building Permit ensures that the building work complies with the above requirements once constructed.
Please note: The Building Act prescribes penalties for any person/company that completes building work without a valid building permit. In the same way that a driver’s license authorises you to drive a car, a building permit authorizes you to complete building work. In both cases, it is strongly suggested that the relevant permits are obtained prior as heavy penalties apply for any breaches.
What is our process?
- Signed fee acceptance
- Title & Plan of Subdivision (no more than 60 days old). Obtain from Landata
- Architectural drawings
- Payment of fees
- Below is a list of commonly requested documents. Please note that every job may not need all these documents, however as part of our initial assessment we will identify what is required.
- Builder’s contract
- Builders details and insurance
- Property information
- Legal point of discharge information from Council
- Planning information from Council
- Soil report
- Structural drawings
- Structural computations
- Certificate of compliance design
- Energy report and approved plans
- Working drawings.
- Protection works notices (Form 3 and Form 4)
- Re-establishment survey
- We will complete a full assessment of all the submitted documentation.
- Either issue a request for further information (RFI) or issue the Building Permit.
- Once all the RFI items have been resolved, the Building Permit will be issued and you may commence building works.
- After the Building Permit has been issued, we are required to carry out the mandatory inspections as listed on the Building Permit. Our office is to be notified of all mandatory inspection 24 hours prior to the inspection.
- All mandatory inspections will need to be approved prior to proceeding to the next construction stage.
- Once all inspections have been completed, our office may require construction certificates such as electrical, plumbing, termite etc.
- Once all certificates have been received we will issue the Occupancy Permit or Certificate of Final Inspection.
SP assess new Building Permit applications between 3-7 business days (Please Note: Applications will not be assessed without adequate documentation). Our team will endeavour to assess completed applications as quickly as possible. Depending on your circumstances and level of documentation, building permit applications can be assessed and issued at the same time.
Building works are to commence and be completed by the dates listed on the Building Permit.
Please head to the following links for information, forms and fees on extensions of time: