Building & Plumbing

The Building and Plumbing departments are essentially responsible for fulfilling functions associated with the regulation and control of development.

1. When would I require a building permit?

In most circumstances building work will require a permit from your local Council. Also please note that your building work may require planning and plumbing permits prior to the granting of your building permit.

It is your responsibility as the property owner to ensure that a building permit is in place prior to commencement of any building work. A building permit may not be required if you can provide certification from a building surveyor that the work consists of minor alterations or repairs.

If you believe a building permit is not required you should seek written confirmation from a building surveyor prior to commencing any works. Please note penalties and additional approval fees apply to persons undertaking building work without permits.

2. What are my responsibilities under the Building Act?

The Building Act 2014, the Building Regulations 2014 and Plumbing Regulations 2014 regulate building and plumbing work in Tasmania. These laws and codes apply to everyone who undertakes building and plumbing work.

The following links detail the Building Act 2000 and Building Regulations 2014.

Building Act 2000 
Building Regulations 2004

The link to Workplace Standards Tasmania (Department of Justice) provides an introduction into the regulation of building and plumbing work in Tasmania.

The Regulation of Building and Plumbing Work in Tasmania

3. What application forms do I need for building works and certificates?

Sorell Council application forms are listed below

Icon of Form 1 - Application For Demolition Permit Form 1 - Application For Demolition Permit (46.4 KiB)
Icon of Form 2 - Application For Building Permit Form 2 - Application For Building Permit (67.2 KiB)
Icon of Form 3 - Application For Plumbing Permit Form 3 - Application For Plumbing Permit (42.0 KiB)
Icon of Form 4 - Application - Occupancy Permit Form 4 - Application - Occupancy Permit (35.9 KiB)
Icon of Form 53 - Notice Of Intention To Install Heating Appliance Form 53 - Notice Of Intention To Install Heating Appliance (53.4 KiB)
Icon of Form 54 - Heating Appliance Installation Compliance Certificate Form 54 - Heating Appliance Installation Compliance Certificate (44.6 KiB)
Icon of Form 57 - Application For Building Certificate Form 57 - Application For Building Certificate (33.6 KiB)
Icon of Form 60 - Start-Work Notification And Authorisation - Plumbing Work Form 60 - Start-Work Notification And Authorisation - Plumbing Work (237.9 KiB)
Icon of Form 72A - Application For Certificate Of Completion - Building Work Form 72A - Application For Certificate Of Completion - Building Work (240.7 KiB)
Icon of Form 72B - Application For Certificate Of Completion - Plumbing Work Form 72B - Application For Certificate Of Completion - Plumbing Work (237.6 KiB)
Icon of Form 72C - Application For Certificate Of Completion - Demolition Work Form 72C - Application For Certificate Of Completion - Demolition Work (237.7 KiB)
Icon of Form 76A - Application For Extension Of Duration Of Building Permit Form 76A - Application For Extension Of Duration Of Building Permit (129.4 KiB)
Icon of Form 76B - Application For Extension Of Duration Of Plumbing Permit Form 76B - Application For Extension Of Duration Of Plumbing Permit (32.5 KiB)
Icon of Form 76C - Application For Extension Of Duration Of Demolition Permit Form 76C - Application For Extension Of Duration Of Demolition Permit (114.9 KiB)
Icon of Form 79B - Application For Certificate Of Likely Compliance-Notice Of Work - Plumbing Work Form 79B - Application For Certificate Of Likely Compliance-Notice Of Work - Plumbing Work (244.7 KiB)
Icon of Form 80 - Notice Of Low Risk Work Form 80 - Notice Of Low Risk Work (40.5 KiB)
Icon of Request For Plans - All Request For Plans - All (38.5 KiB)

4. Do I need a permit for temporary structures and for temporary changes of use to a building?

A temporary occupancy permit may be required for temporary structures (for example, tents or stages) or for buildings being adapted for occupation or activities that modify its original approval.

Exemptions for Temporary Occupancy

If the temporary structure is not exempt you will need to do the following:

Contact a building surveyor who will provide you with the appropriate certification. Lodge your application for a temporary occupancy permit.

Please Note – The application will not be processed until the fee is paid.

5. Do I need to use accredited building practitioners for building work?

If the building work requires a building permit, and the value of the works exceeds $5000.00, then the contractor responsible for the building work must be an accredited building practitioner. “Building work” includes the design, construction and assessment of the work, and includes demolition.

Register of Accredited Building Practitioners 

6. What are my responsibilities as an owner/builder?

Within the building permit process an owner/builder is an owner of a property that takes on the responsibilities of the builder. To be an owner/builder you need to meet a certain criteria and understand both your obligations and restrictions. Below are links to the useful information regarding the responsibilities and obligations of being an owner/builder.

Warning: It is an offence for any person other than an appropriately accredited builder or an owner builder to manage or carry out the work of a builder. Building work carried out or managed by an owner builder may be subject of an audit by the Director of Building Control.

To find out the full facts about the requirements for owner builders visit the Workplace Standards website which includes information and guidelines that all intending owner builders must read before applying for pre-registration

7. Water and Sewerage

As a result of the statewide water and sewerage reforms the assessment of building and plumbing applications process has changed. When lodging a building and/or plumbing application in a serviced area, you must have a Notice of Exemption or a Certificate of Certifiable Work from TasWater .

If a building or plumbing application requires a Certificate for Certifiable Work, then TasWater has to issue a Water and Sewerage Compliance Certificate before Council can issue a Certificate of Completion.

In an un-serviced area, Special Plumbing Approval may be required.

More Information:

Icon of Dunalley And Environs Structure Plan Dunalley And Environs Structure Plan (3.2 MiB)
Icon of Information For Prospective Purchasers Of Land In Areas Outside Of Sewerage Districts Information For Prospective Purchasers Of Land In Areas Outside Of Sewerage Districts (186.3 KiB)
Icon of List Of On-site Wastewater Site & Soil Evaluators And System Designers List Of On-site Wastewater Site & Soil Evaluators And System Designers (74.0 KiB)
Icon of Visitor Accommodation In Residential Areas Visitor Accommodation In Residential Areas (348.7 KiB)