New laws cut red tape for builders, renovators in Tasmania
Home improvements in Tasmania are set to become a lot easier with new building laws coming into effect today.
Tasmania’s new-look Building Act will allow the construction of structures like sheds and carports without going through a formal permit process.
Bathroom renovations will also be able to bypass planning permits if done by a registered plumber and builder.
The construction of new homes will also require less planning rigmarole, with a building surveyor able to sign off on plans.
Master Builders Association Tasmania director Michael Kerschbaum said the changes would save Tasmanians money.
“For the average Tasmanian it means that most of your approvals should be a bit easier, they should be a bit cheaper and a bit faster,” he said.
“Things such as minor structures now have the ability to be built by a builder without any sort of approval, and that will save a lot of money and a lot of time for people looking to get garages and sheds built.
“If you’re building a house in a standard residential zone you’ll be able to effectively bypass the full permit process and just go to a building surveyor, and once they’ve signed off, you’re ready to start – normally, there’s another process.”