Council’s Role in Building Approvals
At the ordinary Council meeting in April, Council decided that it will stop providing Building Surveying Services from 31 May 2016.
This includes the assessment and issue of certificates and associated building inspections for building projects usually provided by a Building Surveyor.
Council will continue to provide building inspections, Occupancy Permits and Certificates of Final Inspections for those building works already certified by Council prior to 31 May 2016.
The key change is the assessment of new permits. Council will no longer assess and issue Certificates of Likely Compliance. Anyone submitting an application to Council for a Building Permit after 31 May 2016 will need to provide a Certificate of Likely Compliance issued by a Private Building Surveyor.
If you are unsure about where to obtain the services of a private Building Surveyor please refer to the Yellow Pages or Department of Justice website http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/licensing_and_accreditation/search_licence_databases/abp2 for a full listing of accredited Building Surveyors in Tasmania.
If you do have questions please contact the Developments Services team at Council on (03) 6393 5320.
Forms available for Download
Obtaining an Occupany Permit & Completion Certificate
When a Building Permit is issued, upon Completion of the building a Certificate of Completion is required to be issued.
When Constructing a new House or doing alterations or additions to an existing house, an Occupancy Permit is also required to be issued prior to moving in.
The attached documents will provide you with information on the work which is required to be completed prior to these documents being issued.
Would you like to obtain a copy of your Building and Plumbing Plans?
To obtain a copy of Building and Plumbings plans an application form needs to be completed, this can be downloaded from the link below.
Payment is to accompany the completed application. The current fee is available in the Fees & Charges - 2015/2016(259 kb). Plans are normally posted within a week of Council receiving the application and payment.
Plans can only be obtained by the owner of the property, unless permission is given in writting by the current owner. This permission must accompany the application form.
Please Note: Council records are only around 25 years old and as such there may not be records for your property.
Swimming Pool Regulations
Do you require a permit to for a swimming pool or spa?
Yes. Permits must be obtained from the Meander Valley Council for the installation and set-up of pools and spas. Before building a swimming pool or spa, inflating a blow-up pool or spa and/or erecting related safety fencing, you need to check with the Council to find out if or what building and/or plumbing approval is required.
Swimming Pool Definition
The BCA and Australian Standards define a swimming pool as follows:
Any excavation or structure containing water to a depth greater than 300mm and used, or designed, manufactured or adapted to be primarily used for swimming, wading, paddling or the like, including a bathing or wading pool, or spa pool.
Above-ground swimming pools and spas are required to have permanent safety barriers in the same manner as in-ground pools and spas, however, the walls of an above-ground swimming pool or spa may provide a barrier if they are at least 1.2m in height and so not have a surface which enables a child to gain a foothold and climb into the swimming pool or spa. Any objects that could be climbable by a young child, such as a pool ladder, pool filter, pump equipment or plumbing connection into the side of the pool, should be properly fenced or otherwise isolated.
- Fences must be a minimum of 1.2m high
- The gap under the fence to be a maximum of 100mm from the ground
- The vertical bars should be closer than 100mm apart
- Once a fence and self-closing gate are installed, they must be kept in good working order
The placing of a cover or lid over the swimming pool or spa DOES NOT comply and is not acceptable. A safety barrier is required.
The top five issues affecting pool barriers released by the AIBS include:
1. Gates and doors that are no longer self-closing
If the gate is no longer self-closing the gate will not comply with Australian Standards.
2. Gates and doors that are no longer self-latching
General wear and tear of the locking mechanism means that many gates and doors will no longer self-latch when they close, If the gate or door is not properly locked, children may be able to gain unsupervised access to the water area.
3. Gates that are propped open
Sometimes, especially during summer and pool parties, the pool gate is propped open (e.g. with a chair or esky) to allow adults easy access to the pool area while they are carrying food or drink.
4. Ground movement
Ground movement may cause parts of the barrier, including the gate, to shift which may cause gaps to appear in and under the barrier.
5. Climbable objects on the neighbours side of a boundary fence
Objects on the neighbours side of the fence may enable a child to climb over and gain access to the water area
For more information, please call Development Services on 03 6393 5320.