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Building & Plumbing Information

Please find information and forms about Building and Plumbing. For further information regarding any of the information listed below, please contact 03 6352 6500 and ask for the relevant officer.


The Building Act 2016 came into effect on 1 January 2017 and there are changes to the process and way that applications are lodged. Further amendments came in effect on 1 August 2017.  Forms and information provided have been updated to reflect these changes.


 Please call 03 6352 6500 to arrange a time or email development@dorset.tas.gov.au to organise an appointment to meet with one of the development team members.


On this page:

  1. Application Forms
  2. Useful Building, Plumbing and Demolition Forms
  3. Building Guides/Fact Sheets
  4. Building Process Flowcharts
  5. Frequently Asked Questions - Building
  6. Frequently Asked Questions - Plumbing
  7. Contact Us
  8. Standard Drawings and Specifications

Application Forms (all are formatted to be filled out electronically)

  1. Building Work Application (Form 2)
  2. Plumbing Work Application (Form 3)
  3. Application for Permit of Substantial Compliance (Form 9)
  4. Demolition Work Application (Form 1)
  5. Application for Permit to Carry Out Works in a Road Reservation
  6. Fees - Regulatory Assessment
  7. Terms of Engagement - Appointment of Building Surveyor

Useful Building, Plumbing and Demolition Forms (all are formatted to be filled out electronically) 


Building Guides/Fact Sheets


Building Process Flowcharts


Frequently Asked Questions - Building

The following frequently asked questions should provide relevant information to help you with your building application and the building process.

PLEASE NOTE: permits issued prior to the 1st of January 2017 will expire on the 30th June 2020 unless renewed or completed. Further information can be found in Consumer, Building and Occupational Services Expired Permits Brochure.

1. When would I require a building permit?

For the purposes of the Building Act 2016, all building work is permit building work unless the work is -

(a)  low-risk building work or low-risk demolition work; or

(b)  notifiable work or notifiable demolition work; or

(c)  emergency work.

Permit work must be -

(a)  Designed by a designer, and

(b) performed by a licensed builder who is licensed to perform the permit building work; and

(c) inspected by a building surveyor as required under the Building Act. 

For further information you will need to contact your Building Surveyor or discuss your building work with your licensed builder or visit   Department of Justice website..

2. What are my responsibilities under the Building Act?

The Building Act 2016, the Building Regulations 2016 regulate building and plumbing work in Tasmania. These laws and codes apply to everyone who undertakes building and plumbing work.  

Further information is available at Consumer, Building and Occupational Services.

3. What application forms do I need for building works and certificates?

All building/plumbing applications are lodged with the Dorset Council's development team. There are a number of other specified forms supporting the Building Act 2016 and the Building Regulations 2016 that standardise applications for building works and required certificates which can be accessed at Consumer, Building and Occupational Services or a number of these forms are provided above.     

4. How to become an Owner Builder

If you’re planning on becoming an owner builder, check out the requirements and full information at the Consumer, Building and Occupational Services website.

The owner must engage a building surveyor and:

  • Take your completed plans to a building surveyor and tell them that you intend to be an owner builder
  • Apply for an owner builder registration certificate through the building surveyor completing an Application form for an owner builder permit
  • The application form to be lodged at a Service Tasmania shop with supporting documents, particularly insurance and training certificate as evidences of having undertaken the owner builder course and make the payment of the owner builder permit fee - click here for more information

5. What are the requirements for Maintenance of my building?

Certain buildings require an owner to maintain the essential building services. These include fire safety features, exit routes, air flow systems and other matters as prescribed by the Director of Building Control in the Building Regulations 2016, Section 72.

If a building is extended or altered, the responsible person must ensure that these services are not impacted and continue to ensure the health, safety or disability access of the occupants.   Before occupancy of a building is granted, a building surveyor will work with the owner to develop a schedule of maintenance for the essential building services.    This will specify the nature and frequency of testing that must be carried out on essential building services.   It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that the maintenance schedule is adhered to.  

For an existing building, the maintenance schedule must be approved by a building surveyor.

If your question hasn't been aswered above, it may be included in the Department of Justice FAQs.  Click here to view their information.


Frequently Asked Questions - Plumbing

The following frequently asked questions should provide relevant information to help you with your plumbing application the plumbing process. (Please note plumbing work is incorporated within the Building Act 2016.)

1. Plumbing Work and Plumbing Permits

 It is your responsibility as the property owner in conjunction with a building surveyor and/or designer to ensure that a certificate of likely compliance and/or plumbing permit is in place prior to commencement of any plumbing work.

If you believe a plumbing permit is not required you should seek confirmation from a building surveyor, designer, and from the registered plumber undertaking the project prior to commencing any works.

2.    What application forms do I need for plumbing works and certificates   

All building/plumbing applications are lodged with the Dorset Council's development team. There are a number of other specified forms supporting the Building Act 2016 and the Building Regulations 2016 that standardise applications for building works and required certificates which can be accessed at Consumer, Building and Occupational Services or a number of these forms are provided above

3. General Plumbing Information

 4. Registered Plumbers

All plumbing work as defined by the Building Act 2016 including installing, altering or maintaining a plumbing installation (i.e. roofing, drainage, pipe work) must be undertaken by a plumber who holds an appropriate certificate of registration under the Occupational Licensing Act 2005.   For further information visit the licence databases on the department of justice website. 


Contact Us

If you are unable to find the relevant documents or information, or unsure of the relevance of the information you have accessed, please call or email us for assistance

P 03 6352 6500

E development@dorset.tas.gov.au 


Standard Drawings & Specifications

Standard Drawings and Specifications can be viewed and downloaded here