Building Notifications and Mandatory Inspections
Whatever the size or complexity level of your project, once your Development Application has been approved you're required to notify your Council of the progress of your development at certain stages.
You should carefully read the Decision Notification Form within the Development Approval, and where it specifies when you need to notify Council.
Who Can Notify Council?
Anyone associated with the Development Application can notify Council, and should check with the building contractor or Council to find out who is responsible to notify Council and when.
How Can I Notify Council?
To notify Council, simply email your notification to firstname.lastname@example.org or by delivering a written notification in person or via post to an authorised officer on duty at the Civic Centre. In some instances a verbal conversation over the phone to an authorised officer can be processed as a notification.
When you do notify us, please include the following information as a minimum; if you fail to provide these details we will have to deem the notification incomplete and it will not be accepted:
- the development application number
- the site address
- details of what stage has been reached
- a contact name and number
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At What Stage of the Building Work do I Notify Council?
Check your Development Approval Decision Notification, which will specify when to submit a notification to Council.
Here's a glimpse at general notification stages:
- Commencement of building work on the site
- Completion of steelwork in any footing and before the concrete is placed
- Completion of all roof framing
- Completion of any firewall, and prior to lining
- Completion of any masonry
- Pool structure, pool-safety modifications and pool-safety barriers (see below)
- Intended commencement of the installation of a designated building product and supervisor’s checklist
- The completion of building work
When Can I Occupy my Property?
Notify Council once your development is complete — please note you may need to submit a Builder's Statement of Compliance at the completion of work.
Before your property can be occupied, you may need an approval of a Certificate of Occupancy; a Council Officer is able to issue the certificate if Council is the relevant authority of granting your particular building rules consent.
What are the Penalties for Not Notifying Council at a Mandatory Notification Stage?
If you fail to give Council the notification at a mandatory notification stage, you will be considered guilty of an offence and may be liable to pay an expiation fee of up to $500, or be liable to a maximum penalty of up to $10,000.