Skylights

Exemptions from development and building approval may apply to certain skylights provided they comply with relevant provisions of Regulations. Examples include certain skylight windows in a roof, lightshafts and ceiling openings with light diffusers, and cutting a tube type skylight into a roof and ceiling.

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. Below is a summary of the provisions. It 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:

  • the external area is not more than 2m2
  • it does not project more than 150mm above the surface of the roof adjacent to the skylight
  • it complies with relevant general exemption criteria

Changing the external appearance, material or finish of a building or structure may be subject to other laws, including heritage laws and energy efficiency provisions of building laws.

Also see definitions.

Exemptions from building approval

The development does not need building approval if it complies with relevant provisions of the Building (General) Regulation 2008, Schedule 1. Below is a summary of these provisions. It 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:

  • a certificate of occupancy or other certificate under the Building Act 2005 has been issued for the buildilng
  • the area is not more than 4m2
  • it complies with the Building Code and the exempt building code
  • it is done in a proper and skilful way as per the Building Act 2004
  • 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 or 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 required under the Building Act 2004 but design and construction standards do apply.

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