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Outstanding Building and Plumbing Works

22nd June 2020
Council has been advised by the Director of Building Control, that all outstanding building and plumbing permits must be either finalised or made current through an extension of time permit process to be arranged with Council.

Council has been advised by the Director of Building Control, that all outstanding building and plumbing permits must be either finalised or made current through an extension of time permit process to be arranged with Council.  This relates to all outstanding permits issued post 1994.

We appreciate that due to the age of some permits, you may not necessarily have been the applicant or owner at the time, however we recommend you make contact with Council to assist in resolving this matter.

Three options are available to you if you have a building or plumbing permit or both which is yet to be finalised:

  • Complete the plumbing/building/demolition work prior to the end of your permit time
  • Apply to the Permit Authority at Council to extend the permit; or
  • Allow the permit to expire and be noted on your property file. If you choose for the permit to expire, you need to make yourself aware of the impact(s).

For more information, please refer to the Expiry of Permits Fact Sheet from the Tasmanian Consumer, Building and Occupational Services .

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions that may help.

Please call Council on (03) 6261 8528 to enquire.

There are three options available.

  • You can complete the plumbing/building/demolition work by the end of your permit time
  • You can apply to the Permit Authority at Council to extend the permit, or
  • You can allow the permit to expire. If you allow the permit to expire you need to make yourself aware of the impacts (see FAQs below).

To extend a Plumbing Permit or a Building Permit you must apply to the Permit Authority at Council and the cost is $136 for each.

This will extend the permit for one year.

Application must be made on the Approved Form from the Consumer, Building and Occupational Services website.

You will need to apply to the Permit Authority at Council at least 7 days prior to the 1 July 2020.

You must have a plumbing permit completed. Depending on your building you may need to provide documentation including manufacturers details (for example roof trusses), Waterproof membrane (for example bathrooms and showers) or engineer details (for example steel beams). You will need to then book a final inspection with Council (Permit Authority).

Any further works required for completion must then take place under a new permit. To obtain a new building permit, an owner will need to engage a building surveyor for new certification and will need to submit new documents to Council. A new permit will be assessed under the current building standards and you may be required to provide additional reports such as a new Bushfire Assessment which may result in additional costs of construction.

A new building or plumbing permit will involve application fee as advertised in Council’s fees and charges however the cost is higher than the cost of re-extending.

Owners are advised to ensure that building permits are extended or formally completed in order to avoid potential significant costs and difficulties at the time of sale of their property.

You will need to contact your building surveyor to see what is required under the Building Act 2016.

If your permit expires and further work is required to continue on the site, a new permit is required. A new permit will be assessed under the current building standards.

Any work done without a valid permit is illegal building work and under the Building Act 2016 Council is required to initiate enforcement.  If you carry out work without a permit, a Building Notice or Order may be issued which will lead to demolition or a Permit of Substantial Compliance being necessary, increased fees apply to this application process and the possibility of an Infringement Notice being issued.

This also encumbers the property, which means any future potential purchasers will be advised that the work was commenced outside of the required permit process.

Consumer, Building & Occupational Services have prepared Expired Building Permit Fact Sheet available on their website.