Building and Renovating

Renovating your home can be a daunting process if you don't know which steps to take. Before you begin, it's important to read and consider the helpful information below.

Please note: Council is now operating under the Planning Act 2016, which supersedes the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. For more information on the Act and how this may affect you, view council's Planning Reform page.

Do I need a building permit?

Most types of building works require a building permit. A building permit is provided by a private building certifier who will assess your proposed project and determine if it meets the standards. They use the current safety, health, amenity and sustainability standards in the Building Code of Australia, and any applicable legislation to do this.

As well as a building permit, you may need planning approval, depending on what sort of development you are proposing. For more information on planning approvals, access the Planning Approval page, or use the 'Search my Property' function in ePlanning to get information on your property.


What works need a building permit?

The following are examples of work that require a building permit:

  • Extensions or modifications to your existing building
  • Swimming pools and spas, and their fences
  • Shade sails, patios, pergolas, carports
  • Shipping containers (not short-term use)
  • Retaining walls greater than 1m in height
  • Sheds, including lawn lockers
  • Fences over 2m high
  • Detached signs higher than 2m or wider than 1.2m
  • Demolition or removal of a structure

Common projects

Our customer service representatives have identified a number of common queries for home renovation projects. We've provided some helpful information to assist you in identifying whether your proposed dwelling will require planning approval below. If your project is not on the list and you'd like to discuss any questions you might have, please contact council to speak to us directly.