Apply to retain building works

Occasionally, building works are carried out by builders and/or property owners without a permit. In these instances, our Building Services staff work with property owners for the best possible outcome.

Your first step in rectifying the issue should be to contact the Building Services Unit for advice.

If you find yourself in this situation, you can apply to retain building works that were done without the required building permit.  This includes:

  • constructing a new building
  • changing the use of an existing building
  • demolishing a building
  • re-blocking
  • altering an existing building
  • removing a building.

However, the fee charged is one and a half times the normal application fee for the particular works involved.

If a lot of building works need to be done to finalise the project, then a new building permit will be required.

When you are ready to make an application, you will need to complete an application to retain the building works(PDF, 107KB).