Building Work Approval - Launceston City Council - Tasmania


You will require approval if you intend to undertake 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
  • requesting a final inspection
  • completing a building project

You will need to apply for different approvals depending on the category of risk work that is relevant to your building work. There are three categories of risk: low risk work, medium risk work (notifiable work) and high risk work (permit work).

  • The building of fences, low decks, farm sheds or carports are classified as low risk work. You do not need a permit or approval for low risk work, however you may require planning approval.
  • The building, alteration or extension of a detached house or residential unit is classified as medium risk work (notifiable work). You will need to make an application (Notice of Work) to a building surveyor for a Certificate of Likely Compliance.
  • High risk work (permit work) involves commercial, industrial or public buildings and residential buildings that require a planning permit, as well as owner builder work and most works in hazardous areas. For high risk work you will need to submit an application to council for a Building Permit.

Please consult with the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

If you are conducting high risk building work, the permit must be:

  • designed by an architect
  • undertaken by a builder who is licensed to perform the building work
  • inspected by a qualified building surveyor as required under the Act.

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
Apply Application All

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 Tasmania

Regulation(s) name

Building Regulations 2016 Tasmania

Additional information

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

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 protection measures.

Administering agency

Launceston City Council

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Enquiries Officer, Building and Plumbing Services

Launceston City Council

Operating address: 18 - 28 St John Street
Launceston, Tasmania 7250
Mailing address: PO BOX 396
Launceston, Tasmania 7250
Phone: 03 6323 3000
Website: Launceston City Council (Opens in new window)