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Building Permit Complete Application Requirement Lists (CARLs), fee schedules, forms, and brochures provide detailed requirements necessary to process Building Permit applications.
A Building Permit IS REQUIRED to:
Erect a new building or structure (including retaining walls over 1.2 metres in height, swimming pools, and hot tubs), or
Demolish, relocate, repair, alter or make additions to an existing building or structure.
Building Permits ARE NOT REQUIRED for:
Fences, sidewalks, planters
Retaining walls that are less than 1.2 metres in height
Painting, decorating and general maintenance
Minor repairs using similar or same materials for maintenance which do not affect any electrical or mechanical work
Accessory buildings not greater than 10 square metres in area, if they do not create a hazard
It may also be necessary for you to obtain a Development Permit prior to submitting an application for a Building Permit.
More details are available in our brochure called Development & Building Permits - permit requirements for common home renovations.
Electrical and plumbing
In addition to a Building Permit, if you intend to install or modify electrical wiring and/or plumbing, you will require separate Electrical and Plumbing Permits. Your licensed electrical and/or plumbing contractor is responsible for obtaining these permits.
You also have the option of obtaining a homeowner's Electrical Permit and/or a homeowner's Plumbing Permit. In order to qualify for these permits;
the home must be a single family dwelling;
you must be the owner and occupant of the home; and
you must be performing the installations yourself.
Gas and heating
All gas and heating installations (including piping) must be carried out by a qualified licensed contractor.
The fee structure forBuilding Permit fees i
s also available. Fees for the other disciplines are stated on the respective web pages and are in the various annual bulletins.
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