For all alterations and additions to buildings, a building permit needs to be obtained from Circular Head Council. An application form needs to be completed and submitted, along with 3 copies of plans for proposal, a copy of title, and payment of any fees applicable. Should the installation of plumbing or septic tank be required, completion of appropriate forms and payment of fees also apply.
Further information can be obtained by contacting the Infrastructure and Development Department on (03) 6452 4840.
Building or Working Near Powerlines
Before you start building or working near powerlines please see Aurora Energy for details about safety.
Aurora Energy also has this guide for land owners and occupiers and your responsibilities when it comes to building near powerlines.
Installation of solar panels on residential properties is generally exempt (unless within the Stanley Conservation Area) from the requirement for a planning permit.
The Tasmanian Building Regulations 2004 were amended on the 6 November 2013 the following provisions provide for exemptions from the requirement for a Building Permit.
4. Certain buildings and building work exempt from requirement for building permit
In accordance with section 60(2) of the Act, building work on the following buildings is exempt from the requirement for a building permit:
(r) photo-voltaic solar panels installed on a building roof if –
(i) the solar panels are installed by a person who holds a valid accreditation, to install solar panels, that is approved by the Director for the purposes of this regulation; and
(ii) the solar panels are parallel to the surface of the roof and there is not more than 100 millimetres between the surface of the roof and the underside of the solar panels; and
(iii) the solar panels, or any part of the solar panels, do not overhang the roof surface at any point; and
(iv) the solar panels are not within 200 millimetres of the edge of the plane of the roof; and
(v) the solar panel array does not result in more than 100 kilograms of dead load being placed on any single point where a solar panel array is attached to the roof; and
(vi) the solar panel array does not cover more than 38 square metres of –
(A) a single roof plane; or
(B) multiple roof planes that are supported by a single structure;
(please always check the most recent changes to the regulations by visiting www.thelaw.tas.gov.au and searching for the Building Regulations 2004)
What if what I propose is not exempt?
Even if the installation is not exempt from the requirement for a Building Permit, it may be possible to have the work covered by a minor works determination by an accredited Building Surveyor, without the requirement to obtain a Building Permit. Accredited Building Surveyors can be found via the workplace standards website and searching for Building Surveyor in the appropriate link. http://workplacestandards.tas.gov.au/licensing/search_licence_databases/abp/_nocache .
Workplace Standards issued the following advice on the 20 September 2013
Solar panel installation as a “Minor Alteration” of a building
To be a minor alteration of a building within the meaning of section 60(2) of the Act, the building work must not exceed $5000. Above that amount, it cannot be “minor”. While the cost of “building work” is determined by what the owner has contracted to pay for the work, for solar array installation it is a class of electrical work that needs a building permit, so the actual cost of the building work component (panel mounting rails or framework and their fixing) is not the full retail price of the solar system that the client pays. If the building work component of the installation is $5000 or less, it may be deemed to be a minor alteration by a building surveyor. The building surveyor will need to be provided with evidence from the owner of the cost of the building work components, including the relevant labour charge. This advice is consistent with previous advice that the cost of building work for wind turbines does not include the cost of the generator and blades.
As a building permit is not required, other accredited building practitioners (building designer or builder) do not have to be engaged by the owner for the solar installation. If the installation work is carried out or managed by a licensed electrician an accredited builder is not required under the accreditation provisions of the Building Act. Council building permit fees and the government levies will not apply.
Role of the Building Surveyor
The building surveyor effectively becomes the permit authority for minor alterations and minor repairs. The building surveyor will need to be satisfied that the existing roof structure is capable of taking the dead loads and live loads imposed on it by a particular proposed solar array. This will require a level of documentation and sometimes a certificate from a structural engineer or other accredited building practitioner.
Asbestos was commonly used in building materials from the 1940s until the mid-1990s. Because exposure to asbestos can cause disease, a national ban on the manufacture, importation and installation of products containing asbestos was introduced from 1 January 2004.