- step 4: understanding what applications to submit

There are two types of building permit applications:

• Certified applications (for any commercial development – class 2-9 buildings)
• Uncertified applications for class 1 (residential dwellings) and class 10 (non-habitable buildings)

Certified or uncertified? And what is the difference?

For class 1 and class 10 buildings, this choice is up to you.

A certified building permit application (form BA1) means that the plans and specifications of a proposed building have been assessed by a registered private building surveyor prior to submitting your application to the Shire.

If the private building surveyor is satisfied that the proposed structure complies with all applicable building legislation and standards, they will issue a Certificate of Design Compliance (CDC) which you will need to include as part of your building permit application. This is the only way to apply for a building permit for a building/structure of commercial nature (class 2-9 buildings).

An uncertified building permit application (form BA2) means that the plans and specifications of a proposed building have not yet been assessed by a registered private building surveyor when you make an application for a building permit to the Shire.

In this case, the drawings and documents submitted with your permit application will be assessed by the Shire’s building surveyor. If the Shire’s building surveyor is satisfied that the proposed structure complies with all applicable building legislation and standards, they will issue a Certificate of Design Compliance (CDC) and consequently a building permit.

Building application assessment timeframes

In accordance with the Building Act 2011, the following assessment time-frames apply:

• Certified building permit applications – 10 business days
• Uncertified building permit applications – 25 business days.

Please note, the above time-frames may be affected by public holidays.

If the Shire’s initial assessment of a building permit application reveals that further information is required, a further information request will be sent to the nominated builder or applicant. The builder or applicant then has 21 calendar days to provide the requested information.

The Shire has the right to refuse an application if the required information is not provided within the designated 21-day time-frame. The Shire also has the right to retain the application fee.

This item was last updated on 14 January 2019


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