This guide describes which permits and approvals you need to construct a house that is the only dwelling on a lot (a single dwelling).

You may need a Planning Permit to build a single dwelling. You will need a Building Permit before you begin construction and an Occupancy Permit to occupy the building.

Depending on your circumstances, you may also need a:

  • Tree Works Permit
  • Road or Footpath Occupancy Permit
  • Vehicular Crossing Permit
  • Asset Protection Permit

How to use this guide

To help you work out which permits you need, begin at Step 1 and answer the questions one at a time . You may be asked to look at the zone in which you plan to build, overlays that impact your project and the area of your lot.

Before you begin

If you plan to knock down an existing dwelling in order to build a new house, you may need a Planning or Building Permit for the demolition works. See Demolish all or part of a building.

Before finalising your design, check for easements on your property. Council prohibits the building of habitable structures over easements, as this prevents important maintenance work and blocks the flow of stormwater. If your design includes building over an easement, you need to modify your plans.

If you need help with a Planning Permit, contact our Statutory Planning team on 9278 4888 or email Statutory Planning.  If you need help with a Building Permit, contact our Building Services team on 9278 4999 or email Building Services.

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