When you don't need building approval
Under the Building Regulation 2021, some types of building work don't require approvals, including accepted development (previously called self-assessable development and exempt building work).
Accepted development (self assessable) – Schedule 1
Some minor building work is considered accepted development (self assessable), such as:
- a small tool shed (subject to requirements in Schedule 1), stable or similar up to 10m2, other than in a tropical cyclone area
- a 1m high retaining wall (if no loads are imposed above it, such as a building or driveway)
- a fence no more than 2m high (not including swimming pool fencing).
If the work is accepted development (self assessable), the owner is responsible for ensuring the work complies with applicable standards, including structural sufficiency, size limits and boundary setbacks.
Minor building work may require approval under local government planning schemes. Owners are responsible for complying with relevant planning schemes.
See the full list of accepted development building work in Schedule 1 of the Building Regulation 2021.
Other accepted development (exempt from relevant provisions) – Schedule 2
Other accepted development doesn't require a building development permit and the owner doesn't need to meet minimum building standards.
This building work includes:
- minor attachments fixed to a building, such as a sunhood to an existing building if the sunhood's area is less than 2m²
- erecting a tent with a floor area no more than 100m²
- the construction of playground equipment no more than 3m high.
Some building work may require approval under council planning schemes. Owners are responsible for complying with relevant planning schemes and should check with the local council before starting any work.
See the full list of other accepted development (exempt) building work in Schedule 2 of the Building Regulation 2021.