HOW TO LODGE AN APPLICATION FOR A BUILDING PERMIT
Commonly Asked Questions
Do I need a Planning Permit?
Normally if you require a building permit you will require a planning permit.
Do I need a Building Permit?
Buildings including commercial shops, offices or residential houses, garages ,containers, carports, decks, farm sheds or the like require a Building Permit.
Do I need a Plumbing Permit?
New building works require a Plumbing Permit. Buildings with plumbing fixtures like sinks and toilets.
A shed, for example, has roof plumbing, gutters and downpipes, which require connection to Council’s stormwater system, kerb and channel or water tank (refer to your Planning Permit for details).
Do I need a Certificate of Likely Compliance (Form 11)?
Under the Building Act 2000 a Private Building Surveyor must issue a Certificate of Likely Compliance prior to a Building Permit being granted. A copy of this certificate with the specified documentation must be provided to Council with your Building Application.
If I Obtained Private Certification for the Building do I Still Require Council’s Building and Plumbing Permit Authority to Check the Plans?
Yes – Council is required to ensure that all statutory documentation has been received, that the building is in accordance with the approved planning permit, stamps the building plans, records relevant statutory information and issues the building permit.
Can I Be An Owner Builder for a House?
Owners are able to build their own buildings on their own land provided they are not in the business of building. There are restriction on the number of buildings that an owner-builder can construct, carryout alterations, extensions and additions (two buildings in ten years). Refer to the Department of Justice Workplace Standards Tasmania “Building Act 2000 Owner Builder Guidelines” or www.wst.tas.gov.au/building.
Does an Owner/Builder Require Insurance?
Refer to Chapter 7 of the Department of Justice Workplace Standards Tasmania “Building Act 2000 Owner Builder Guidelines – www.wst.tas.gov.au/building (this links to the Building Act 2000, Building & Plumbing Regulations and documents such as the Owner Builder Guidelines.)
How do I Find Out More Details About the Act & Regulations?
Workplace Standards Tasmania – Helpline 1300 366 322
Building Surveyors and Building Designers – Refer to the website above or the Yellow Pages.
What are Building Practitioners?
Building Practitioners are Designers, Building Surveyors and Builders
Must be accredited – Refer to the Tasmanian Compliance Corporation and the “Building? – Are you Using an Accredited Building Practitioner? Building Act 2000 Workplace Standards Tasmania” Brochure.
What is a Designer?
A “designer” is a designer of building work or its components - Architects and Building Designers - Architectural - produce detailed architectural designs;
Engineers - produce detailed designs, documentation and calculations for the construction and implementation of building structure and systems;
Building Services Designers - design the heating, cooling, air handling and plumbing systems of buildings.
What is a Building Surveyor?
Building Surveyors - certify plans before an application for a building permit, conduct inspections of work in progress, and certify building stages such as occupancy. Assessors of building work.
What is a Builder?
A person engaged by the owner of a building to manage or carry out building work on a building.
Domestic e.g. houses, units and town houses, sheds, garages and carports etc;
Commercial - e.g. shops, offices, factories, warehouses, blocks of flats and units;
Construction Managers - specialise in the management role of building projects;
Demolishers - specialise in the demolition or removal of buildings.
Statutory Time Limits
The period in which Council’s Permit Authority has to grant an application for a Building Permit? Within 7 days of receiving the application or a period agreed between the Applicant and the Permit Authority.
The period in which Council’s Permit Authority has to grant an application for a Plumbing Permit? Within 14 days of receiving the application or a period agreed between the Applicant and the Permit Authority.
The period in which Council’s Permit Authority has to grant an application for a Special Plumbing Permit? Within 14 days of receiving the application or a period agreed between the Applicant and the Permit Authority.
The above periods relate to all required information being provided to Council when the application is lodged. Should further information be requested by the Permit Authority the statutory time will stop until such information is provided to Council.
Glamorgan Spring Bay Council will only consider Building, Plumbing & Special Plumbing Permit Applications as being formally lodged on the date that Council issues the Planning Permit.
Council will not issue a Building Permit before the following permits are issued:
Planning Permit, Plumbing Permit, Special Plumbing Permit (e.g. Septic) – if required.
HOW TO LODGE AN APPLICATION
STEP 1 – OBTAIN PLANNING ADVICE FROM COUNCIL
It is recommended to phone Council’s Planning Department (6256 4777) to clarify queries relating to what can and can’t be built on your land.
STEP 2 – PREPARATION OF PLANS
Consult a Building Designer in relation to plan preparation. You may wish to have your plans certified by a Building Surveyor at this point.
STEP 3 – APPLY FOR A PLANNING PERMIT (DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION)
Newbuildings, houses, garages, sheds or the like require a Planning Permit. Contact Council’s Planning Department for further details by phoning 6256 4777.
To obtain the Development Application forms please phone 6256 4768, collect from Triabunna or Swansea Municipal Offices or Council’s Website www.gsbc.tas.gov.au.
Simultaneous lodgement of documentation for Planning, Building and Plumbing can occur BUT Council will only consider the Building and Plumbing Applications as being formally lodged on the date that Council issues the Planning Permit.
STEP 4 – LODGING AN APPLICATION FOR A BUILDING PERMIT AT COUNCIL
Enquiries phone Council’s Building Department on 6256 4766.
Application for a Building Permit (Form 2)
Note that only the owner/s or an agent authorised in writing by the owner/s may make an application. All owners must sign an agent authority and a copy must be given to Council.
The Application for Building Permit must be completed in full.
When lodging an application for a Building Permit to Council the specified documents and certificates required are:-
Mandatory documentation at Lodgement includes:
- 1 Copy of Certifiable Works or Exemption Certificate from Southern water.
- 1 Completed Building/Plumbing Application Form
- 3 Copies of the Certificate of Likely Compliance (Obtained from your Building Surveyor)
- 3 Copies of the Certified Plans (Obtained from your Building Surveyor) Including Site/Architectural Plans
- 3 Copies of all Documents listed in the Certificate of Likely Compliance (Obtained from your Building Surveyor)
- A Full Certificate of Title (Copies available from Service Tasmania)
- Owner Builder Statement (Form 34) if applicable
- All Owner Builders will need a letter from their Building Surveyor certifying the value of works if the value exceeds $5,000.
Application for Plumbing Permit (Form 3)
When lodging an application for a Plumbing Permit to Council please refer to the attached Schedule 2 of the Director of Building Control’s Specified List.
- Documents specified in Schedule 2 of the Director of Building Control’s Specified List 3 Copies
- If submitted with an Application for Building Permit (Form 2) 1 Copy
- Self exemption or CCW fromSouthern Water.
Application for Special Plumbing Permit (Form 3A)
Refer to the “Domestic On-Site Wastewater Systems (Septic Tank/AWTS)” Council Information Pack for details.
Owner Builder Statement (Statutory Declaration) Section 24 (Form 34)
Should you wish to be an owner builder please refer to the “Owner-Builder Guidelines” published by Workplace Standards Tasmania (publication number GB147) or www.wst.tas.gov.au.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE:
A Building Permit cannot be issued before the following permits are issued:
Special Plumbing Permit (Septic) – if required
Council will only consider the Building, Plumbing & Special Plumbing Permit Applications as being formally lodged on the date that Council issues the Planning Permit.