The answer is most probably YES.
The Building Regulations 2006 changed the previous exemptions granted to owners when obtaining a building permit in certain circumstances. These changes were generally to
minor alterations and smaller structures. The Building Act 1993 and the Building Regulations 2006 state that building work must not be commenced prior to the issue of a building permit. The Act prescribes a penalty of $10,000 for any work done without a permit.
Below is a list of common building works and whether they are subject to a Building Permit.
You should also enquire at your local Council to confirm if the proposed building works require a Planning Permit.
This list is not extensive and is subject to change without notice. You should always consult a Registered Building Practitioner to confirm if a Building Permit is required prior to starting any building works.
Common Types of Building Work Building Permit Required
Additions to a home or any other building Yes
Structural alterations to a home or any other building Yes
Removal or alteration of a load bearing part of a building Yes
Freestanding, floor area not exceeding 10m2, no more than 3m high not constructed of masonry and located No
no further forward on the allotment than the associated building
Attached to another building Yes
Setback less than the associated building Yes
Demolition or removal of part or all of a building Yes
Construction of a side or rear boundary fence less than 2m high No
Construction of a brick front fence more than 1.2m high Yes
Construction of a timber front fence less than 1.5m high No
Construction of a side or rear boundary fence more than 2m high Yes
Construction of a fence that is more than 1 m high, within 9m of the point of intersection of street alignment Yes
Construction of chain wire tennis court fence No
Reblocking or restumping of an existing building Yes
Construction of a verandah (roofed) attached to any building Yes
Installation of solid fuel heating appliance No
Construction of a pergola (unroofed) associated with a house, not exceeding 20m2 in area, not more than 3m high
and located no further forward on the allotment than the dwelling No
Construction of a pergola (unroofed) associated with any other building Yes
Constructed on or near site boundary (any height) in order to maintain the stability of the adjoining property Yes
Construction of a retaining wall 1 m or more in height Yes
Replacing of corrugated iron roofing with concrete or terracotta roofing tiles Yes
Replacement of corrugated iron roofing with ‘Colourbond’ or other pre-finished sheeting No
Construction of an swimming pool/spa greater than 300mm in depth Yes
Replacement of windows with similar type windows, where no structural alterations are required No
Installation of ‘bay’ or ‘corner’ type windows where structural alterations are required Yes
Construction of a deck Yes
A tank on the ground and not within 500mm of the side or rear boundary (overflow connected to storm water system)