How to apply for a building permit or approval

Click here for Application Forms (opens Building Commission webpage)

Checklist for Application for Building Permit - Uncertified

Checklist for Application for Building Permit - Certified

Checklist for Unauthorised Building Work - Classes 1, 10A & 10B 

Checklist for Unauthorised Building Work - Classes 2 to 9 

Before the construction of any new building, it's best to check whether you will require a building permit first.

Applications for building permits can be submitted to the Shire of Chittering by landowners if they are less than $20,000. If the building is $20,000 or more you may need to either engage a Registered Builder or become an Owner Builder.

Depending on different factors, buildings may not need a building permit before being constructed.

The following types of building work do not require a building permit:

  • Class 10a buildings (sheds or other non-habitable outbuildings) that are less than 10m2 and 2.4m in height
  • Renovation, alteration, improvement, repair or maintenance of a building or incidental structure that does not affect the structural soundness of the building
  • Retaining walls that are smaller than 0.5m in height
  • Water storage tanks with a capacity of 5,000L or less

The above information is provided for in the Building Regulations 2012

If you are still unsure if you will require a building permit or not, you can send us a plan or drawing of what you propose to develop to or call to speak to our Building Surveyor on 9576 4600.

Owner-Builders Beware

Owner-Builder Application (opens Building Commission webpage)

ADVICE NOTE - Owner-Builders Beware

The successful completion of a home you have built yourself is a source of satisfaction and pleasure. But sadly, all too often the anticipated building project that has started with excitement and anticipation can deteriorate into stress and anguish.

 This advice sheet (above) from the Shire of Chittering is to assist Owner-Builders to achieve an enjoyable and successful building experience and to avoid some of the hazards that can cause a building project to fail.