Once a building permit is issued, work must begin within 12 months, and be completed within 24 months, from the date of issue. This time may be extended if you apply to the building surveyor before the permit expires.
Swimming pools and spas, and the required barriers, must be completed within six months of the date of issue.
Extension of time to complete works
If you are unable to complete your building work before your building permit expires, you must apply to us for an extension of time while the permit is still active.
If you lodge an extension of time letter after the permit has lapsed, you will be required to apply for a new building permit. This will entail the submission of all documentation and the payment of all fees.
The commencement and completion dates are clearly noted on each building permit.
We will only consider an application for an extension of time if you:
- submit a letter requesting an extension and a reason for why the work could not be completed on time
- pay the relevant fees
Variations to a building permit
If designs need to be changed or alternative materials used during the course of construction, you must first get permission from the building surveyor who issued your building permit.