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Building Services Levy

With the commencement of the Building Act 2011 from 2 April 2012 the levy is 0.09% of the value of the work subject to a Building Permit or Demolition Permit valued over $45,000.

Applications to approve unauthorised building work retrospectively valued over $45,000 attract a higher levy of 0.18%.

Applications for Occupancy Permits and Building Approval Certificates, and for Building and Demolition Permits valued $45,000 or less, are a flat rate of $40.50.

Applications to approve unauthorised building work retrospectively valued $45,000 or less will attract a higher levy set as a flat rate of $91.00.


The building services levy is payable to the local government (also known as a permit authority) when the application is made. The table below sets out the levy in respect to building approval certificates and permits as from 2 April 2012.

Application TypesBuilding Services Levy
Over $45,000 $45,000 or less
Building Permit 0.09% of work rate $40.50
Demolition Permit 0.09% of work rate $40.50
Occupancy Permit for approved building work $40.50 $40.50
Building Approval Certificate for approved building work $40.50 $40.50
Occupancy Permit for Unauthorised Building work 0.18% $91.00
Building Approval for Unauthorised Building Work 0.18% $91.00

Determining value of work

The value of unauthorised work is the current value of the work determined by the permit authority.

When estimating the value of building work, the Building Regulations 2012 requires that the value is the sum of the value of the following relevant components (including GST):

  • All goods (including manufactured goods forming part of the work)
  • Labour
  • Services necessary
  • Fees payable
  • Overheads to be met
  • Profit margin

Refund of levy if the permit authority (local government) refuses the application for a permit or building approval certificate, it must refund the applicant the amount of the amount paid in respect to the levy.

Further Information

If you require further information in regards to specific aspects of the New Building Act 2011, please refer to the Building Commission website:

Building Commission - Further Information

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