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Fees for building works in Tasmania

Three government fees are payable to get approval to undertake building work in Tasmania. These fees relate to building and plumbing permits, building administration fees and a building industry training levy.

Three main fees for building in Tasmania

The three main government fees for getting approval to undertake building work in Tasmania are:

  1. Building permit and plumbing permit fee
  2. Building administration fee (once called the Building Permit levy)
  3. Building industry training levy.

Building permit and plumbing permit fee

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Building permit and plumbing permit fee
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An application for a building permit must be accompanied by a fee payable to the permit authority. Every permit authority (the local council) may specify their building permit fees. This fee must be paid with the application for the building permit or paid before the building permit may be issued.

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Building administration fee
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This fee is to be paid for building work or demolition work with an estimated cost of $20,000 or more. The fee is 0.1% of the estimated cost of the building work and is payable to the relevant permit authority.

The time to pay the building administration fee depends on the category of building work. For permit building work, the fee is payable at the time the permit is granted. For notifiable building work the fee is payable at the time a certificate of likely compliance is issued and should be paid before the building surveyor notifies the council of the building work. For low-risk work the fee is payable within seven business days of completion of the work.

If the building work requires a building or plumbing permit there is a fine of up to 100 penalty units for not paying the building administration fee before building work commences. The fine is additional to the payment of the fee.

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Building industry training levy
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The levy is to be paid for building work with an estimated cost of more than $20,000. The levy is 0.2% of the estimated cost of the building work and is payable to the Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board (‘TBCITB’) or a collection agent appointed by the TBCITB.

The levy is to be paid before building work commences. If the building work is permit work the levy must be paid before the building and/or plumbing permit is issued.

If building work requiring payment of the levy commences before the levy is paid then there is a fine of up to 50 penalty units plus a penalty payment of 200% of the levy. These penalties are additional to the payment of the levy. 

Summary of when to pay the fees

The timing for payment of any fees can be summarised as follows: 

  • If the work is low-risk building work there is no permit fee, but if the value of the building work is $20,000 or more you will have to pay the building industry training levy before work commences and the building administration fee when work has been completed. 
  • If the work is notifiable building work there is no permit fee but if the value of the building work is $20,000 or more you will have to pay both the building industry training levy and the building administration fee before the building work commences. 
  • If the work is permit building work there will be a permit fee and if the value of the building work is $20,000 or more you will have to pay both the building industry training levy and the building administration fee before the building work commences. 

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