How to apply for Building and Plumbing approval

1. The Process

Identify your category of work and review the requirements, including the section on building owner's responsibilities: Categories of building work

Discuss your intentions with a Building Surveyor and/or Council's Permit Authority who can advise what design, application forms, permit, and inspection processes may be required in order to ensure that your work can be carried out lawfully. 


Then where applicable:

  1. Engage a licensed building designer and appropriately licensed building practitioner to help develop your ideas and plans.

  2. Engage a Building Surveyor to assess the plans and issue a Certificate of Likely Compliance.  The Certificate of Likely Compliance will indicate that the proposed work is likely to comply with the appropriate legislation and the National Construction Code (NCC) and will list conditions and inspections required.

  3. Once lodgement has been made you will receive an invoice. Payment of the applicable fee will be required before the assessment of the documents will commence.

  4. Once approval has been granted a Building Permit will be issued.  

A Building Permit is valid for two years from the date of issue and building work must commence within 12 months of the date of issue.

The builder is required to lodge a Building Start Work Notice to your Building Surveyor before any work can commence.  They must liaise with your Building Surveyor to undertake the required inspections and/or the Council Permit Authority for plumbing inspections.


Approved forms can be downloaded from the Consumer, Building and Occupational Services CBOS website:

Building Act Approved Forms


Forms List - numbers and titles


Form 1: Application for Demolition Permit CLC - Certificate of Likely Compliance - Notice of Work;
Form 2: Application for Building Permit CLC - Certificate of Likely Compliance;
Form 3: Application for Plumbing Permit CLC - Certificate of Likely Compliance - Notice of Work;

Form 4: Application for Occupancy Permit.
Form 5: Application for Temporary Occupancy Permit.
Form 8: Application for Certificate of Substantial Compliance.
Form 9: Application for Permit of Substantial Compliance.

Form 57: Application for Building Certificate.

Form 76A: Application for Extension Duration Building Permit.
Form 76B: Application for Extension of Duration of Plumbing Permit.
Form 76C: Application for Extension Duration Demolition Permit.


Form 11A: Certificate of Likely Compliance Building Work.
Form 11C: Certificate of Likely Compliance Demolition Work.
Form 17: Certificate of Substantial Compliance - Building Work.
Form 19: Certificate of Likely Compliance - Plumbing Work and Permit.

Form 12: Certificate of Final Inspection - Building Work.
Form 69: Certificate of Final Inspection - Demolition Work.

Form 20: Certificate of Completion - Building Work.
Form 21: Certificate of Completion - Plumbing Work.
Form 70: Certificate of Completion - Demolition Work.

Form 35: Certificate of the Responsible Designer and TasWater Certification.

Form 51: Building Certificate.

Form 71A: Standard of Work Certificate - Building Work.
Form 71B: Standard of Work Certificate - Plumbing Work.
Form 71C: Standard of Work Certificate - Demolition Work.


Permits, Notices & Orders

Form 6: Notice for Proposed Protection Work.
Form 10: Referral to Function Control Authority.

Form 13: Occupancy Permit - Building Surveyor.
Form 14: Building Notice - Building Surveyor Permit Authority.
Form 15: Building Order - Building Surveyor Permit Authority.
Form 18: Building Permit.

Form 22: Plumbing Notice - Permit Authority.
Form 23: Plumbing Order - Permit Authority.
Form 25: Permit of Substantial Compliance.
Form 26: Temporary Occupancy Permit.
Form 27: Emergency Order - General Manager.
Form 32: Demolition Order - General Manager.
Form 36: Registers (Permit Authority).
Form 41: Request for report from Chief Officer.
Form 42: Request report Environmental Health Officer.
Form 46: Schedule of Maintenance - Prescribed Features.
Form 47: Chief Officer Report.
Form 48: Chief Officer Occupancy Report.
Form 49: Environmental Health Officer report.
Form 50: Environmental Health Officer Occupancy report.
Form 53: Notice of Intention to Install Heating Appliance.
Form 54: Heating Appliance Installation Compliance Certificate.
Form 55: Certificate of Qualified Person - Assessable Item.
Form 58: Permit Document Endorsement - Building, plumbing, demolition.

Form 68: Demolition Permit.

Form 44: Building Inspection Direction.
Form 64: Plumbing Inspection Direction.
Form 75: Demolition Direction Inspection.


Start work

Form 39: Start Work Notification and Authorisation - Building Work.
Form 38: Notice of Refusal to Start Work Authorisation - Building Work.
Form 60: Start Work Notification and Authorisation - Plumbing Work.
Form 61: Notice of Refusal of Start Work Application - Plumbing Work.
Form 73: Start Work Notification and Authorisation - Demolition Work.
Form 74: Notice of Refusal of Start Work Application - Demolition Work.

Form 77: Notice for Emergency Work.
Form 80: Notice of Low Risk Work Building Plumbing.


Download Approved Forms (CBOS)




2. Council's Role 

The Burnie City Council has a number of roles to play under the system. 

  • We must assess, inspect, and approve medium and high-risk plumbing work. 
  • We must assess and determine whether to grant a permit for high-risk building and demolition work. 
  • We must maintain a register of, and record the details for all building, demolition and plumbing work in the Burnie municipal area. 
  • We must advise owners of their responsibilities in relation to the construction and maintenance of buildings.
  • We must enforce compliance to the rules which apply for building work and maintenance.

The Council has adopted a set of fees in relation to these services. All applicable fees must be paid before the Council can perform the required function.

There are many aspects of building work for which the Council is not responsible.

Most building, demolition and plumbing work must be designed by a licensed designer. 

The assessment, certification and inspection of building and demolition work must be undertaken by a licensed Building Surveyor. 

Almost all building, demolition and plumbing work must be performed by an appropriately licensed building practitioner. 

The Council cannot provide advice or information in relation to design criteria, likely compliance of proposed building and demolition work, or the manner in which work on a building should be performed.  You will need to talk to a relevant private licensed building services provider or practitioner.

For further information on the system, and for copies of the relevant rules, go to the Building Regulator website: