Building Permit Exemptions
Some minor building work is exempt from the requirement for a Building Permit. Listed below are some examples where a building permit may not be required. Please note this is a summary, view the Building Regulations 2006 Schedule 8 for full details.
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A Pergola (with no roof) no more than 3.6m in height, not more than 20m2 in floor area, not on vacant land and no further forward than 2.5m of the front wall of a single dwelling (Class 1), in the case of a pergola associated with a class of building other than class 1, not further forward of the front wall of the building. If your building has a roof you will need a building permit. (If it has a roof it is not a Pergola)
A Free Standing Shed (Class 10a Outbuilding) located on same allotment and appurtenant (belonging) to a building of another class, setback 1m from side or rear boundary, not more than 10m2 in floor area and maximum height of 3m, if sited up to a side or rear boundary, not more than 10m2 in floor area and 2.4m in height, not constructed of masonry, and located no further forward on the allotment than the front wall of the building to which it is appurtenant. Note that a shed or pergola cannot be sited over an easement without the approval of the service authorities or Council (see your certificate of title for details of the appropriate service authority).
Replacing an Existing Kitchen where the renovation does not involve any alterations or structural work or Heritage Register
Solid Fuel (Wood) Heater if no structural alterations are required (must be installed by a licensed Plumber)
Rainwater Tank does not require building permit but does have to comply with siting rules on your land and Plumbing Regulations
Mast, Pole, Antenna, Ariel or the like (including Satellite Dish) when attached to a building not more than 3.0m in height above the highest point of attachment to the building and 8.0m in height above ground surface level when not attached to a building. Also subject to planning laws
Retaining Wall less than 1000mm in height and is not associated with another building work or with protection work of an adjoining property
Repair, renewal or maintenance of an existing building if no alterations are involved, it does not increase or decrease the floor area or height of the building or Heritage Register (does not have to be structural to trigger the requirement for a building permit, for example internal partitions)
Swimming pool with a depth not exceeding 300mm (a Building Permit and Safety Barrier is required if deeper than 300mm)
Small Outbuildings with a floor area less than 10m2 and no more than 3m in height, not constructed of masonry and located no further forward on the allotment than the associated building (this repeats item 2 above, not required)
Signs not more than 1.0m in height (above the ground level) within 3.0m of a street alignment and not more than 8.0m in height and 6.0m2 display area when 3.0m or more from a street alignment.
Boundary Fences do not require a Building Permit under the following circumstances. Not exceeding 2.0m in height on a side or rear boundary, and not exceeding 1.5m in height (2.0m in the case of a declared main road) within 3.0m of a front street alignment, and not exceeding 1.0m in height within 9.0m of the point of intersection of street alignment boundaries of a corner allotment. (Note: any brick or masonry fence exceeding 1.2m in height requires a Building Permit).
Windows replacement of same size windows with no structural alterations required
It is important to note that building work exempt from Building Permit may still require a Planning Permit.