The following frequently asked questions should provide relevant information to help you with your building application and the building process.
In most circumstances building work will require a permit from your local Council. Please note that your building work may require planning and plumbing permits prior to the granting of your building permit.
It is your responsibility as the property owner to ensure that a building permit is in place prior to commencement of any building work. A building permit may not be required if you can provide certification from a building surveyor that the work consists of minor alterations or repairs.
If you believe a building permit is not required you should seek written confirmation from a building surveyor prior to commencing any works. Please note substantial penalties apply to persons undertaking building work without a permit. Further information is available at
The Building Act 2000, the Building Regulations 2004 and the Plumbing Regulations 2004 regulate building and plumbing work in Tasmania. These laws and codes apply to everyone who undertakes building and plumbing work.
Supporting the Building Act 2000 and the Building Regulations 2004 are a number of specified forms that standardise applications for building works and required certificates. Further information is available at www.justice.tas.gov.au.
A temporary occupancy permit may be required for temporary structures (for example, tents or stages) or for buildings being adapted for occupation or activities that modify its original approval.
Exemptions for Temporary Occupancy
If the temporary structure is not exempt you will need to do the following:
- Contact a building surveyor who will provide you with the appropriate certification.
- Lodge an application for a temporary occupancy permit.
Any temporary occupancy permit exceeding 200 people requires the emergency evacuation plan to be approved by the Chief Officer, Tasmanian Fire Service (in principle).
Please Note - As from the 1st May 2014 all Temporary Occupancy Applications must be lodged electronically via eBuilding@hobartcity.com.au and contact Customer Services on 6238 2195 for payment options.
Advisory notes and news updates are issued to assist in the interpretation of Tasmanian building legislation and to keep the Building Industry informed of developments occurring with the Building Code of Australia and its reference documents.
Further information is available at advisory noteswww.justice.tas.gov.au.
In Tasmania all building work valued at over $5000 in market value (materials and labour) that requires a building permit must be carried out by accredited builders or registered owner builders. Building works under $5000 may still need a building permit but may be carried out by people without accreditation. . For further information visit website - work under $5000.
Within the building permit process an owner/builder is an owner of a property that takes on the responsibilities of the builder. To be an owner/builder you need to meet a certain criteria and understand both your obligations and restrictions.
Warning: It is an offence for any person other than an appropriately accredited builder or an owner builder to manage or carry out the work of a builder. Building work carried out or managed by an owner builder may be subject of an audit by the Director of Building Control.
To find out the full facts about the requirements for owner builders visit the website Steps to becoming an owner builder which includes information and guidelines that all intending owner builders must read before applying for pre-registration.
Buildings other than houses and outbuildings must be maintained to ensure their essential safety and health features. An owner must also publicly display an annual statement that the features and measures have been assessed by an appropriately qualified person and are performing to a standard to which they were originally designed. For further information see attached flyer or refer to Building Regulations 2004 Part 7 Maintenance of certain features and measures
The cost of a building permit is dependent on the value of works. As well as the cost of a building permit, you may be required to pay State Government levies. For more information, see Council's Fees & Charges. Building fees and levies are required to be paid at lodgement. Contact building on 62382195 for payment options and estimated amount.
As part of the approvals process when lodging a building and/or plumbing application, you must have a Notice of Exemption or a Certificate of Certifiable Works from TasWater.
If a building or plumbing application requires a Certificate of Certifiable Works, TasWater needs to issue a Water and Sewerage Compliance Certificate before Council can issue a Certificate of Completion.
To contact TasWater telephone 136 992 or visit their website.
New requirements apply from 6 November 2013 to allow for a greater size of an array of panels to be exempted from the requirement for a building permit and to provide for the creation of a scheme for the accreditation of solar installers.
“Photo-voltaic solar panels installed on a building roof [are exempt] if –
(i) the solar panels are installed by a person who holds a valid accreditation, to install solar panels, that is approved by the Director for the purposes of this regulation; and
(ii) the solar panels are parallel with the surface of the roof and there is not more than
100 millimetres between the top of the roof and the underside of the solar panel; and
(iii) the solar panels, or any part of the solar panels, do not overhang the roof surface at any point; and
(iv) the solar panels are not within 200 millimetres of the edge of the plane of the roof; and
(v) the solar panel array does not result in more than 100 kilograms of dead load being placed on any single point where the solar panel array is attached to the roof; and
(vi) the solar panel array does not cover more than 38 square metres of –
(A) a single roof plane; or
(B) multiple roof planes that are supported by a single structure.
For further information contact your building surveyor.