This information provides a summary on what structures are exempt from obtaining a Building Permit as prescribed in the "Building
Regulations 2012", and should only be used as a guide.
Schedule 4 Clause 2 of the Building Regulations sets out the kinds of building work for which a building permit is not required for certain
work.

These structures may still need Development (Planning) Approval.

RETAINING WALLS
  • Retaining wall less than 500mm in height providing that;
  • It is not located on a boundary;
  • Is not being used to support a building;
  • Is not encroaching onto other land.

FENCES AND SCREENS
  • A non masonry fence, screen or simular structure constructed in accordance with the Local Councils laws.

RAINWATER TANKS
  • Rainwater tanks with a capacity of 5,000lts or less. 5,000lts is 1m deep x 2.0m high x 2.5m wide, (ie under eaves water tank).

PHOTOVOLTAIC PANELS AND SOLR HOT WATER SYSTEMS
  • Placement of solar cells and hot water systems onto a roof of a Class 1 building (house, dwelling) or Class 10 (shed, patio).

MASTS, ANTENNA, OR SIMILAR
  • Masts, Antenna or similar structures where attached to a building providing that: the mast or antenna is no more than 2 meters
    above the point of attachment to the building; Will not affect the compliance to the Building Code of Australia or the safety of the
    occupants, (ie if engineered designed fittings are required to ensure safety and structural stability of the mast or antenna, then a
    Building Permit would be required).
  • Mast, Antenna or simular (ie Pylon sign) where not attached to a building is not more than 3 meters in total height.

PERGOLAS
  • The placement of a pergola providing that; The total height is less than 2.4 meters; The total area is less than 20m2.
  • Where there is more than one (1) pergola on the property the area of 20m2 is calculated as the gross area of all pergolas and not
    for each pergola.
  • Note: a pergola is a structure which has a pervious roof cover. e.g shade cloth. A pergola with a waterproof roof is generally a patio.

SHEDS AND PATIOS (Class 10a building)
  • Any free standing (not attached to a dwelling) shed or patio which is less than 10 m2 and less than 2.4 m in total height from the
    ground level.
  • Where there is more than one (1) free standing Class 10a building on the property the area of 10m2 is calculated as the gross
    area of all Class 10a buildings and not for each building.

BUILDINGS USED BY BUILDERS
  • Any buildings used by builders for the purpose of carrying out building works on land and include site sheds, site offices, sanitary
    facilities.
  • All buildings must be located within the property where the building works are being undertaken.

RENOVATIONS AND ADDITIONS
  • Improvements, repairs or maintenance to an existing building, provided:
  • They will not affect the structural soundness of the building;
  • Do not increase the floor area of the building;
  • Do not increase the height of the building;
  • Do not require or involve underpinning to footings;
  • Do not involve removal of any building element that is contributing to the support of other structural elements.; e.g. a load bearing
    wall supporting roof beams.
  • Materials to be used are commonly used for the purpose of the building works being undertaken, (no new untested products);
  • Will not change the use or classification of the building (ie. Garage to a living area or a shop to office);
  • Will not adversely affect the safety of the occupants or other users of the building (ie. relocation of partitioning in a shop, or
    modifications which affect the fire safety elements of a building);
  • Will not have an affect on the ability of the building to meet the Building Code of Australia, (ie, changes to the building affecting
    access);
  • Does not involve encroachments or adversely affecting adjoining land, (any building on or near a boundary has an adverse affect
    on the adjoining land);
  • Is not subject to any agreement, order or permit under the Heritage Act.
NEARLY ALL OTHER PERMANENT STRUCTURES
REQUIRE A BUILDING PERMIT.
EXCEPTIONAL DESIGN & DRAFTING
WHAT BUILDING WORK DOES NOT REQUIRE A
BUILDING PERMIT?