If building in Tasmania, whether it is a new building, an addition or an alteration, the process is generally the same. You can do much of the preliminary work yourself. However, unless you have experience discussing plans with council and other authorities, our advice is to engage relevant consultants to do this leg-work for you.
To help you understand and to follow the planning and building process, please visit the Everything Building website. Here, ‘the journey from concept to Council approval’ provides a step-by-step guide to:
- preparing before you engage any consultants
- working with your appointed consultants
- designing development
- Council application processes - development applications & building and plumbing applications.
New 2017 Building Regulations
As you may be aware, new building regulations came into operation on 1st January 2017. These regulations change the current way building and plumbing permits are issued and categorise work into "notifiable", "low risk" or "high risk" work.
Flinders Council acknowledges that the building regulations may be hard to decifer. In an attempt to assist you with the determination of your building class, and also protect you from any possible subsequent action in the future, Council are offering an assessment service for all building works. Simply complete our Development Enquiry Form and submit to Council with drawings for your proposed works and staff will provide you with the neccessary advice to ensure that your development is legal. If your proposal is found to be exempt, Council will issue you with this confirmation. This confirmation will provide assurance for years to come if Council Officers or the Regulations change
NEW! Planning and Building Information Pack
We have put together a Planning and Building Information Pack for those wishing to plan or build within the Flinders Municipality. This information pack contains all relevant application forms, frequently asked questions and process flowcharts.
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