You may need a planning permit if you undertake work or require a change of use on a site. The Planning Scheme will determine if a planning permit is required. The City of Hobart offers free advice on whether a planning permit is required. Enquiries can be made through our online services development portal
or by calling City Planning on 03 6238 2715 and talking to a Planning Officer.
If you do need a planning permit:
- Have your design drawn up and submit a planning application online via the City of Hobart's online services development portal. A fee will be calculated based on the approval requested and the value of the work proposed
- A planning officer will undertake an assessment to determine if more information is required or if your application requires public notification (advertising). This assessment may also include referrals to TasWater or Heritage Tasmania.
- If no advertising is required, the Council will provide an approved permit within 28 days. (Note: if additional information is requested, the time it takes for you to submit this information to the Council is not counted in the 28 days.)
- If advertising is required Council will advertise the application for 14 days and make a decision approval/refusal within 42 days. (Note: if additional information is requested, the time it takes for you to submit this information to Council is not counted in the 42 days.)
- Once you have a planning permit you may require a building and or plumbing permit prior to starting any work on site or starting the new use.
You may require building consent (building permit or notifiable work) to undertake any building work. You will need to speak to a Private Building Surveyor to determine if a building consent is required. Please refer to the Department of Justice website for further clarification.
If you do need a building permit:
- Have your plans drawn up by an accredited designer and take them to a building surveyor who will prepare a Certificate of Likely Compliance (CLC).
- Submit the Certificate, your drawings and all the documents referred to on your Certificate to the Council via the online services development portal and pay the relevant fees.
- If a building permit is required, once the Council receives all the relevant documentation, a building permit can be issued within 7 days.
- When you are ready to start to build (please be aware that work must commence within 12 months of the permit date) your building surveyor must submit to Council, a Start of Work Notice
- Once you have finished the work, your building surveyor will do a final inspection and issue the required certificates, which may include a Certificate of Occupancy and Certificate of Final Inspection. These documents will need to be lodged with Council via the online services development portal.
- Council will process these certificates and issue the Completion Certificate (Building). Please note: If there is plumbing work, a Completion Certificate (Building) cannot be issued until a Completion Certificate (Plumbing) has been issued.
- Note you have 24 months to complete your building work.
You may require a plumbing consent (plumbing permit or notifiable work) to undertake any plumbing work. You will need to speak to a certified plumbing designer or refer to the Department of Justice website for further clarification.
If you do need a plumbing permit:
- Have your plans drawn up by an accredited plumbing designer who will prepare a Certificate of Responsible Designer - Form 35.
- Submit the Certificate, your drawings and all the documents referred to on your Certificate to the Council via the City of Hobart's online services development portal and pay the relevant fee.
- Council will undertake an assessment and once satisfied with the information, issue a Certificate of Likely Compliance Plumbing Work and Plumbing Permit within 14-21 days,
- When you are ready to start your plumbing work (please be aware that work must commence within 12 months of the permit date) your plumber must submit to Council a Start of Work Notice before commencing work on the site.
- Your plumber will need to contact the City of Hobart to arrange the required inspections.
- Once work is completed, your plumber will prepare final documentation which will need to be lodged via the City of Hobart's online services development portal.
- Council will process the documentation and issue a Completion Certificate (Plumbing).
- Please be aware you have 24 months to complete your plumbing work.
A permit to construct public infrastructure is the type of permit developers need to use if they are proposing to construct any infrastructure such as roads or stormwater systems which will eventually be handed over to the City of Hobart as the future owner.
The construction of this type of infrastructure is usually associated with a subdivision or large development. Before applying for this permit the developer will need to get a planning permit as well as building and plumbing permits depending on the type of construction proposed. The design of the public infrastructure to be installed will be approved as a part of the planning, building and plumbing permits.
A permit will only be issued where the design of the public infrastructure has already been approved by the City of Hobart.
Fees and charges apply to this permit. For more information, visit the Fees and Charges page.
If you have any questions, contact the City of Hobart on 03 6238 2886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can apply for a permit by completing the online Application to construct public infrastructure form. A printable form is available on our forms page.