BUILDING & PLUMBING
- THE BUILDING ACT 2016
- YOUR ROLE AS AN OWNER
- BECOMING AN OWNER BUILDER
- BUILDING FOR BUSHFIRE
- HOW TO DETERMINE IF I NEED BUILDING/PLUMBING APPROVAL?
- HOW MUCH WILL BUILDING / PLUMBING APPROVAL COST?
- INFORMATION SHEETS/LINKS:
From the 1st of January 2017, the Tasmanian State Government has introduced the new Building Act 2016. The new act regulates all building and plumbing work in Tasmania, and the laws and codes apply to everyone who is undertaking building/plumbing work.
These regulations change the current way building and plumbing permits are issued and categorise work into “low risk”, “notifiable (medium risk)” or “permit (high risk)” work.
It is your responsibility as the property owner to ensure that appropriate building/plumbing approval is in place prior to commencement of any building work.
For more information on the new changes please visit the following link www.cbos.tas.gov.au
As the owner of a property or building, you have the following responsibilities under the Building Act 2016 when building and plumbing work is performed:
- ensure work is performed by appropriately qualified and licensed contractors and/or practitioners
- provide correct information to the contractor or practitioner in relation to the proposed work
- ensure the premises where the work is to be performed is clearly identified
- ensure adjoining properties are protected
- do not allow the building to be occupied until an occupancy permit is issued (when required)
- supply sufficient information to another owner for them to maintain the premises
- notify the permit authority or building surveyor (where appropriate) if the responsible person for the building, plumbing or demolition work changes
- ensure the work is completed before the permit expires
Below are links to the useful information regarding the responsibilities and obligations of being an owner/builder:
Information on building in Bushfire Prone Areas is available on the Tasmanian Fire Service Website and the following documents:
- Directors Determination – Application of requirements building bushfire prone areas
- Directors Determination – Requirements building bushfire prone areas
Unfortunately as Council do not have a Building Surveyor on staff, Council Employees are not qualified to make this determination for you, and cannot offer any advice. If you are in need of any advice, or you are not sure whether your proposal requires building/plumbing approval, you will need to contact a private building surveyor or Consumer, Building and Occupational Services
Note: there are substantial penalties for undertaking building and plumbing work without a permit.
The cost of a building / plumbing approval is dependent on the class of building and the value of the works. If the value of works is greater than $20,000, you will be required to pay State Government levies. For more information on the State Government levies please click here
- Directors Determination – Categories of Building & Demolition Work
- Directors Determination – Categories of Plumbing Work
- Directors Determination – Short or Medium Term Visitor Accommodation
- Fact Sheet – Consumer guide to Low Risk Building & Plumbing Work
- Fact Sheet – Checklist Owner Responsibilities for Building Work Approvals
- Fact Sheet – Expired Permits
- Fact Sheet – Installing Solar Panels
- Fact Sheet – Low Risk Work by an Owner or Competent Person
- Fact Sheet – Sheds & Similar Structures
- Fact Sheet – Shipping Containers
- Fact Sheet – Tiny Houses
- Guideline for determining plumbing – categories
- Index to Director’s Determination on Categories of Building & Demolition Work
- Process for changing a Building Surveyor
- Staying safe around pools and spas Installing pool safety barriers
- Asbestos Safety
- Aerated Waste Water Treatment Systems
- Guide to Resolving Residential Building Work Issues
- Information on Boundary Fences
- Information on Wells & Bores
- On-Site Wastewater System Designers
- Soil & Water Management on Building Construction Sites
- Planning Guidelines for Fences
Note: Don’t forget to check if planning approval is required!