Definition of a dwelling

A dwelling is a building used for human habitation. A dwelling can house no more than 6 people who are not a single family.

The design of a dwelling is assessed with the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Design advice should be sought from your architect or building surveyor.

Building permit requirements

A building permit is required for dwellings as follows:

  • A new dwelling
  • Any additions or structural alteration. 

Note, a building permit may not be required for some alterations. This is providing the work has no adverse effect on the dwelling.

Apply for a building permit

Visit the 'Building permit applications' page for information on how to apply, including fees.

The information sheets below includes more information and checklists of supporting documentation required with your application.

Page Last Reviewed 24 August 2023