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 Self-assessable and exempt building work

Self-assessable work

Some minor building work is self-assessable. The owner is responsible for ensuring the work complies with applicable standards, such as structural sufficiency, size limits and boundary setbacks. Minor building work may require approval under council planning schemes. Owners are responsible for complying with such planning schemes.

Examples of self-assessable building work include a:

  • small tool shed, stable or the like up to 10 square metres in area, other than in a tropical cyclone area
  • one metre high retaining wall (providing no loads are imposed above it, such as a building or driveway)
  • fence not more than two metres high (not including swimming pool fencing).

A full list of self-assessable building work can be found in schedule 1 of the Building Regulation 2006.


Exempt building work does not require a building development permit. The owner does not have to meet minimum building standards.

Some exempt building work may however require approval under the council's planning scheme. Owners are responsible for complying with the planning scheme and should make enquiries with the local council before starting any work.

Exempt building work includes:

  • fixing minor attachments to a building such as a sun-hood no more than one metre from the building
  • repairs and maintenance to existing buildings
  • the construction of playground equipment not more than three metres high.

A full list of exempt building work can be found in schedule 2 of the Building Regulation 2006.

Last updated 14 February 2013    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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