How do I apply for a building approval?

Unfortunately, Devonport City Council is no longer in a position to offer a Building Surveying service. You will therefore need to engage the services of a private Building Surveyor before lodging your application for a building permit.

Find a surveyor on the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors website.

The Building Surveyor assesses the plans and then issues a Certificate of Likely Compliance.

The ‘Certificate of Likely Compliance’ will indicate that the proposed work is likely to comply with the appropriate legislation and the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

The 'Certificate of Likely Compliance' from the Building Surveyor will stipulate any relevant conditions that may apply to the building work, as well as nominate the required inspections to be undertaken.

The building approval application is then lodged with Council and is assessed and checked for compliance by the following departments: Planning, Engineering, Health, Plumbing and Building. Once approval has been granted a Building Permit will be issued.

A building permit is valid for 2 years from the date of issue and building work must commence within 12 months of the date of issue.

The builder is required to lodge a Building Start Work Notice to the building surveyor before any work can commence.