Internal alterations

Exemptions from development and building approval may apply to certain internal alterations to a building provided they comply with relevant provisions of Regulations. Examples of internal alterations to a building include certain:

  • internal repairs, renovations or upgrades;
  • new kitchen fitouts;
  • shop or office fitouts; and
  • removals of internal walls.

Exemptions from development approval

The development does not need development approval if it complies with relevant provisions of the Planning and Development Regulation 2008, Schedule 1. The following is a summary of the provisions and is correct as of the date the web page was last updated - scroll to the bottom of the web page to find this - however the Regulation's Schedule may been updated since then. In summary, the development is exempt provided that:

  • it does not change building class under the Building Code;
  • for a non-residential building, there is no increase in gross floor area;
  • it complies with relevant general exemption criteria, except for criterion 8. 

For the above, non-residential building means a building, or part of a building that is not used for residential purposes, and is not a class 10 building associated with a building used for residential purposes. For example, a private garage associated with a dwelling is a residential building.

 

See definitions to understand the terms in italics.

Exemptions from building approval

The development does not require building approval if it complies with relevant provisions of the Building (General) Regulation 2008, Schedule 1. The following is a summary of the provisions and is correct as of the date the web page was last updated - scroll to the bottom of the web page to find this - however the Regulation's Schedule may been updated since then. In summary, the development is exempt provided that:

  • Certificate of Occupancy or other certificate under the Building Act 2004, part 5, has been issued for the building;
  • there is no change the building class under the Building Code;
  • the exterior is not affected;
  • a heating appliance is not affected;
  • it will not affect the structural integrity of any part of a building for which a Certificate of Occupancy or other certificate under the Building Act 2004, part 5, has been issued;
  • it will not affect a fire-rated wall, ceiling or floor;
  • it will not affect a ventilation or air-handling system, fire protection system or other mechanical service;
  • it will not affect a fire escape, emergency lift, stairway, exit or passageway to an exit;
  • it will not affect the natural light of ventilation available to a building for which a certificate under the Act, part 5, has been issued;
  • it will not affect the building in a way that reduces its compliance with the Building Code to a level that is less than the minimum requirements of the Code;
  • it does not involve handling asbestos or disturbing friable asbestos (other than minor maintenance work, i.e. low-speed or hand-drilling, sealing, painting, coating if done personally by the owner or occupier of the premises).

No building approval, licence, notice, certifier, plans, inspections, certificates, design or construction standards required under the Building Act 2004.

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