A Building Approval (a development permit) is needed if a development for “carrying out building work” is categorised as any of the following
code assessable development
impact assessable development
A quick indication of which category of development applies to a particular type of development can be determined by having regard to the regulation made under the Building Act 1975 (the Building Act).
However, to accurately determine which category of development applies to a particular type of development, it is necessary to have regard to:
schedule 1 (prohibited development) of the Planning Act
the regulation made under the Planning Act
the regulation made under the Building Act
any applicable State planning regulatory provisions
any applicable temporary local planning instruments
preliminary approvals that affect a planning scheme under section 242 of the Act
Whilst a development permit is not necessary for self-assessable development, the particular type of development must comply with any applicable codes.
If the development also requires a Planning Approval, then the Planning Approval must be given before the Building Approval.