Step 4 - Understanding what applications to submit

This page aims to assist community members in understanding what applications they need to submit as part of their project. 

Development applications

You must lodge an application for planning approval before starting development or use of land within the City, unless the type of development or use is exempt from requiring planning approval. Development approvals ensure that your development complies with the City’s local planning scheme, R-Codes and other relevant legislation and policies.

Applicants can discuss planning proposals and preliminary plans with the City’s planning officers to get a better understanding of the process. Planning officers can also advise on a proposed development or land use, and the information required to lodge a complete application.

Did you know?

Planning is often referred to as development. For example, a planning application and a development application (DA) are the same.

Building applications

There are two types of building permit applications:

  • Certified applications: Class 2 – 9 buildings
  • Uncertified or certified applications: Class 1 (residential) and Class 10 (non-habitual) buildings.

What is a certified building permit application (form BA1)?

A certified building permit application means that the plans and specifications of a proposed building have been assessed by a registered private building surveyor. 

If the proposed structure complies with applicable building standards, the building surveyor will issue a Certificate of Design Compliance (CDC) which you will need to include as part of your building permit application. 

As part of your application, you’ll also need to complete the checklist for BA1 Building Permit Certified Application Residential (Class 1 and 10) or Non-Residential (Class 2 to 9)

What is an uncertified building permit application (form BA2)?

An uncertified building permit application means that the plans and specifications of a proposed building have not been assessed by a registered private building surveyor and the drawings and documents submitted with your permit application will require assessment by the City’s building surveyors. 

As part of your application, you’ll also need to complete the checklist for BA2 Building Permit Uncertified Application Class 1 to 10

Building application assessment timeframes

In accordance with the Building Act 2011, the following assessment time-frames apply:

  • Certified building permit applications – 10 business days 
  • Uncertified building permit applications – 25 business days. 

Please note, the above time-frames may be affected by public holidays. 

If the City’s initial assessment of a building permit application reveals that further information is required, a further information request will be sent to the nominated builder or applicant. The builder or applicant then has 21 calendar days to provide the requested information. 

The City has the right to refuse an application if the required information is not provided within the designated 21-day time-frame. The City also has the right to retain the application fee.

Other applications and consents you may need to consider

Under the following circumstances, the relevant forms noted will also need to be completed and submitted by the nominated builder or applicant:

  • If you intend to undertake demolition work on a whole or part of a building or structure, you’ll need to submit an Application for a Demolition Permit Form (BA5) 
  • If building works are likely to adversely impact or encroach upon neighbouring properties, you will need to submit a Notice and Request for Consent to Encroach or Adversely Affect Form (BA20), signed by the affected adjoining property owner/s. A copy of the signed BA20 or BA20A form, or a copy of a court order from a magistrate should accompany any building or demolition permit application where the work being proposed will adversely affect or encroach on any adjoining land
  • Once building works are complete, you will need to submit a Notice of Completion Form (BA7) to the City. For more informaion, please refer to Step 5 – Completing your project
  • If works have ceased before completion you will need to submit a Notice of Cessation Form (BA8) to the City. For more informaion, please refer to Step 5 – Completing your project
  • If you intend to occupy the building where works have taken place, you’ll need submit an Application for Cccupancy Permit Form (BA9) to ensure that the completed building is suitable for occupation. For more informaion, please refer to Step 5 – Completing your project
  • An owner, or a builder on behalf of an owner, must get consent from the owner of adjoining land before doing anything that may affect the land (or that might affect the neighbour). If there is likelihood that the building work may require access to a neighbour's land, or if there may be a need to remove a fence or any other structure, owners should be advised and their consent obtained as early as possible. If consent cannot be obtained, a court order can be applied for.

Owner-builder approval

If you intend to start building works over the value of $20k, you must apply directly to the Building Commission for owner-builder approval. This approval must then be submitted with your building permit application. 

For more information or to apply, please visit the Building Commission website.

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Planning and building documents

All planning and building applications and documents can be found in Planning and building documents. Please note that building applications are available for download from the Building Commission website.