Do I need a planning permit?

If you wish to make changes or additions to buildings or dwellings on your property it is likely that you will need a planning permit.

In some circumstances a planning permit is required for the development of buildings or dwellings and also for the type of use (i.e. commercial, residential, etc.) proposed to be conducted on land.  The removal of vegetation may also require a planning permit.

What is the difference between a building permit and a planning permit?

Planning permits and building permits are different. This means that you may need one or both depending on your proposed work.  Generally, planning is concerned with the land – the way it will be used and/or developed, whereas building is concerned with the actual construction – its structure and stability. 

  • Planning permits are legal documents giving permission for a land use or development to occur on a specified parcel of land.
  • Building permits are issued by a registered building surveyor and generally relate only to the construction aspects of a particular building or development.

If you require both permits, you must get the planning permit before applying for the building permit – just because you have a planning permit does not mean that you can start construction without first getting a building permit.

How do I find out about what planning regulations apply to my property?

 Each individual property has a set of planning controls which specify when a planning permit is needed. To find out what controls apply to your property you can:

How do I find out if I need a planning permit?

Before you proceed with any new use or development of your home or land, it is strongly recommended that you contact our Planning Services team, with the following information, to determine if a permit is required.  Please note that in order to provide accurate advice, we will need the following information:

  • The ultimate development objective (e.g. construct a house, build an office building, subdivide my land, remove a tree)
  • A specific property address

Officers are able to provide preliminary advice however, should more comprehensive advice be required that a request in writing accompanied by plans should be undertaken - please click here for information on how to request a written response (fee applicable).

It also may be necessary to obtain independent advice from a planning consultant.