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Planning & Building


Planning permit
A legal document that gives permission for the use or development of a particular property.

  • Displaying a sign
  • Subdividing land
  • Changing the use of a property
  • Constructing, altering or demolishing property
  • Applying for a liquor licence
  • Clearing native vegetation
  • Providing car parks

It is advisable to allow sufficient time for permit application in your business set-up process. If your planning permit includes building works, we suggest that you talk to Council and a building surveyor/designer about your plans before lodging your planning permit application.


Building permit
A legal document that approves proposed building works on your land. Building permits are approved by a building surveyor and help ensure adherence to legal and safety requirements.

Building permits are documents that signify that a building surveyor has approved your proposed building work. Almost all building work requires a permit, including alterations, demolitions and change of use. Proceeding with building works without a required building permit can carry fines of up to $60,000. Council's building department can assist you with the contacts of local building surveyors.

They can also assist with:

  • Provision of building information
  • Issue of occupancy permits for places of public entertainment
  • Issue o reports and consent for siting variation, construction over easements and demolition works.