How Do I Get A Building Approval?

Thinking of building a new home or doing renovations? You may be required to get a building approval before commencing any building in order to make sure the work complies with building standards.

Do I need a building approval?

Building approvals are administered by local government bodies meaning different regulations may apply depending on your state and council.

In NSW there are many exemptions for projects such as barbeques, garden sheds, fences and pergolas.

However most projects like building a one or two storey home or doing major renovations will require approval. You can contact your local council, builder, architect or the Department of planning to ensure you have the proper approval.

How long does a building approval take?

Again this can depend on the state and the council. In NSW it may be possible to get approval in 10 days or less for projects such as:

  • one or two story homes
  • renovations
  • adding a granny flat
  • adding a swimming pool.