You will require this approval if you intend to undertake building or development work in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Building or development work includes any construction, alteration, removal or demolition of any new or old building or structure. Building approval is required for most developments to ensure the building complies with building laws and standards. When granted this approval, the appointed building certifier completes the building commencement notice and work can begin. Please be aware that:
- You will require this approval prior to the commencement of construction
- The approval only relates to building work shown on the approved plans under the approval
- You should obtain a development approval, if required, before obtaining this approval
- Exemptions to this approval exist for minor structures and may depend on such things as size, nature and type of work proposed.
If you require temporary access to water for construction purposes or require an alteration to be made to a manhole you may lodge a request with the relevant ACT water authority. Please be aware that you are also required to submit a notification of demolition work for all demolition work that you intend to undertake.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.