Before Building

If you need approval for a building or structure on your property, you need to engage an accredited building certifier, for example, a private certifier. Private Certifiers can be found at yellowpages.com.au or whitepages.com.au.

In some cases Council is required to approve certain siting aspects of a building / structure prior to it being approved by your building certifier. Refer to Variation applications for building work for application kits, fees and documentation requirements.

If you are a private certifier and wish to lodge certified plans with the Council in accordance with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA), refer to archiving of building approvals below.

Building approval may not be required for certain buildings/structures if they are determined to be self-assessable building works.

Self-assessable building works

Building work is deemed to be self assessable where:

  • The building work is for a Class 10 building or structure, and:
    1. The building or structure is used exclusively as a greenhouse, unroofed pergola, unroofed deck not higher than 1 metre above natural ground level, gazebo, conservatory, summerhouse, fuel shed, lawn locker, tool house, cycle shed, aviary, milking bail, hay shed, stable, fowl house, pigsty, barn or for a similar purpose; and
    2. for a building or structure attached to another Class 10 building or structure, the plan area (including overhangs and existing plan area) is not more than 10 square metres; and
    3. for a detached building or structure, the plan area (including overhangs and existing plan area) is not more than 10 square metres; and
    4. for a Class 10 building or structure attached to, or detached from, a single detached Class 1 building or Class 10 building or structure, the building has above the natural ground surface:
      1. a height of not more than 2.4 metres; and
      2. a mean height of not more than 2.1 metres; and
    5. any side of the building or structure is no longer than 5 metres.
  • It is a fence no higher than 2 metres above natural ground surface, other than swimming pool fences to which Chapter 8 of the Building Act applies.
  • It is a non-load bearing aerial, antennae, satellite dish with a maximum diameter of 900 milimetres, flagpole, mast or tower, outside areas covered by airport Obstacle Limitation Surfaces Standards (OLS) of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and it is:
    1. detached from a building or structure and not more than 10 metres above natural ground surface and within the building envelope; or
    2. attached to a building or structure, is not more than 3.5 metres above the building or structure
  • It is a retaining wall with no surcharge loadings and:
    1. the total finished height of the wall, or the total height of the fill or cut retained is not more than 1 metre above the adjoining ground level; and
    2. the wall is no closer than 1.5 metres to a building or another retaining wall.
  • It is filling or excavation and:
    1. the proposed cut or fill is no deeper than 1 metre in relation to natural ground level; and
    2. any cut embankment is not steeper than:
      1. for sand - 2 horizontal to 1 vertical; and
      2. for silt - 4 horizontal to 1 vertical; and
      3. for firm clay - 1 horizontal to 1 vertical; and
      4. for soft clay - 3 horizontal to 2 vertical; and
    3. any fill embankment is not steeper than 4 horizontal to 1 vertical; and
    4. any compacted fill embankment is not steeper than:
      1. for sand - 3 horizontal to 2 vertical; and
      2. for silt - 4 horizontal to 1 vertical; and
      3. for firm clay - 2 horizontal to 1 vertical; and
    5. The building work is for a Class 10 building used exclusively as a greenhouse, conservatory, summerhouse, fuel shed, lawn locker, tool house, cycle shed, aviary, milking bail, hayshed, stable, fowl house, pigsty or barn or for a similar purpose, and it is:
      1. on land used for agricultural, horticultural, floricultural or pastoral purposes; and
      2. not part of the building is within 200 metres of a road or a boundary of the land on which the building is situated.
    6. It involves affixing minor attachments to an existing building, such as sun hoods projecting no more than 1 metre from the building, sun blinds, roof ventilators, basketball hoops or similar attachments.
    7. The building work involves minor structures no higher than 3 metres above natural ground level, such as playground and sporting equipment, garden furniture, temporary market stalls, minor plant and equipment covers, and similar structures.
    8. It involves repairs and maintenance to an existing building or structure and:
      1. the structural adequacy of the building or structure is not reduced; and
      2. fire safety of the building or structure is not reduced.

Exempt development

  1. Building work for a class 10 building used exclusively as a greenhouse, conservatory, summerhouse, fuel shed, lawn locker, tool house, cycle shed, aviary, milking bail, hayshed, stable, fowlhouse, pigsty or barn or for a similar purpose, if:
    1. on land used for agricultural, horticultural, floricultural or pastoral purposes; and
    2. no part of the building is within 200 metres of a road or a boundary of the land on which the building is situated.
  2. Affixing minor attachments to an existing building, such as sun hoods projecting no more than 1 metre from the building, sun blinds, roof ventilators, basketball hoops or similar attachments.
  3. Building minor structures no higher than 3 metres above natural ground level, such as playground and sporting equipment, garden furniture, temporary markets stalls, minor plant and equipment covers, and similar structures.
  4. Repairs and maintenance to an existing building or structure if:
    1. the structural adequacy of the building or structure is not reduced; and
    2. fire safety of the building or structure is not reduced.

Archiving of building approvals

Building applications that are lodged and approved by private certifiers must be given to Council's City Standards branch for archiving. A fee is applicable at the time of lodgement. Please refer to the Register of Regulatory Fees and Schedule of Commercial and Other Charges (PDF 2511 KB).

  • The private certifier must give Council written notice of the engagement within five business days;
  • The applicant must give Council written notice of the discontinuance of engaging a private certifier within five business days after the discontinuance; and
  • If the private certifier approves the application, the private certifier must, within five business days after approving the application, give Council a copy of:
    • The application;
    • The decision notice, or the negotiated decision notice; and
    • Any other documents prescribed under a regulation under the SPA or another Act (such as certified plans).

Please note: The private certifier must not approve the application until all necessary development permits and approvals related to the development are obtained.

Assessment may be required prior to building approval for the following:

  • Flood affected land
  • Small lot compliance
  • Steep lot compliance
  • Tree preservation.