Building Permit - Tasmania


You will require this permit if you intend to undertake high risk building work. This includes but is not limited to the following activities:

  • erecting, re-erecting, constructing, altering, repairing, underpinning, adding to, demolishing or removing a building
  • any excavating or filling connected to the above activities
  • any other prescribed work.

All building work requiring a permit must be:

  • designed by a designer
  • performed by a builder who is licensed to perform the permit building work
  • inspected by a qualified building surveyor as required under the Act.

Your application for a building permit must be accompanied by a certificate of likely compliance that has been issued by the building surveyor who you intend to engage in respect of the proposed building work. The granting of a certificate of likely compliance specifies that your proposed building work will require a permit and is likely to comply with the Act and the National Construction Code.

Please note the following:

  • As part of the permit approval, you may be required to submit management plans that describe how you intend to deal with things like waste, flooding, termite risks, trees or vegetation.
  • A building permit has commencement and completion time limits that will apply depending on the nature of the building work.

Once you commence building work, there are a number of mandatory inspection stages where a qualified building surveyor must be notified of the work completed, such as:

  • covering in the foundations
  • pouring structural concrete
  • cladding or building in the structural framework
  • completing the building work.

Please consult with your local council or building surveyor for further details and assistance.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this permit, your application must:

  • be in an approved form
  • be accompanied by any specified documents
  • show details of adequate public liability and workers compensation insurance
  • be accompanied by the required fees.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As specified on the permit.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Please consult the Council or a Private Building Surveyor for information on fees to be submitted with your application as fees vary depending on the nature and scope of the building work.

Act(s) name

Building Act 2016 TAS

Regulation(s) name

Building Regulations 2016 TAS

Additional information

If you are undertaking any building works in a bush-fire prone area you may be required to:

  • ensure specified building performance standards are met
  • prepare and submit a bushfire hazard management plan or alternatively a certificate issued by an accredited bushfire hazard assessor stating that there is an insufficient increase in risk from bushfire to warrant any specific bushfire protection measures.

There are ten different classes of buildings. The type of class of building may have an impact on your requirements.

Administering agency

Dorset Council

Contact details

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Building and Planning Enquiries

Dorset Council

Operating address: 3 Ellenor Street
Scottsdale, Tasmania 7260
Mailing address: PO BOX 21
Scottsdale, Tasmania 7260
Phone: 03 6352 6500
Fax: 03 6352 6509
Website: Dorset Council (Opens in new window)