What is the difference between building approval and planning permits?

Building Approvals authorise the construction and alteration of buildings by assessing any proposed new buildings, structures or alteration work against the requirements of the Building Code of Australia, in regards to health, safety and amenity.

Planning Permits authorise the development and use of land by assessing proposals against council planning schemes and the State's planning legislation. It examines the impact of the proposed use or development of land on the surrounding area.