A building permit is an official document that certifies that a relevant Building Surveyor has given approval to plans and documentation before a project begins.
Building Permits are required for multiple reasons, mainly pertaining to safety. To help ensure that buildings are adequately constructed, Building Permits are put in place to ensure that buildings comply with the Building Code of Australia, The Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2018.
Through enforcing specific construction standards, obtaining a Building Permit provides occupants with the best chance of avoiding high risk situations from improperly wired, constructed or plumbed buildings.
Why Do You Need A Building Surveyor
Building permits are required to ensure the safety, accessibility and energy efficiency of any building structure. Similar to other surveyors, building surveyors inspect and diagnose building structures or land. This is done in order to ensure buildings are constructed to comply with the Building Code of Australia, The Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2018.
When are Building Permits required?
Different states and municipalities have different requirements when a Building Permit is required. Prior to commencing any building work, a Building Permit must be granted to ensure that the work about to take place meets the standardised requirements and regulations is said state or municipality. That being said, they are almost always required for new buildings, demolitions and alterations. This includes but is not limited to:
Structural alterations and repairs
Additions to existing structures
Alternations that change the use, size or height of a building
- Retaining walls and fences
How do I apply for a Building Permit?
A Building Surveyor with current and relevant registration is firstly required before applying for a Building Permit. Once obtained, to apply for a Building Permit you will need to proceed with either of the following:
Apply through your choice of a municipal or private building surveyor
Pay a fee, Building Permit levy and submit at least 3 copies of drawings and specifications, along with allotment and completed application form and other prescribed information.
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