Dwelling Additions


A planning permit is required if you want to add to an existing dwelling. Planning permits are required before you can obtain a building permit. Planning permits ensure controls around aesthetics, boundaries and the use and siting of buildings. In order to apply for a planning permit to add or extend your home, you need to ensure that you provide all the necessary information for us to evaluate your application.

You’ll need:

  • A covering letter
  • An up-to-date copy of title (less than six months old)
  • Plans
  • Other information


Use the navigational structure on the top of this page to learn more about the requirements of each of these elements. Note that this is a guide and more information may be required when you lodge your application.


Please note that the materials you submit with your application, including plans, will be made available for public view. Copies may be made to interested parties for consideration and review as part of the planning process under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.


It is important that you discuss your proposal with us before you submit your application to avoid potential delays or disappointments during the planning process. 


Covering Letter


Outline your proposal with as much detail as possible about the intended use or development. You need to include a covering letter that includes all the details about your intended operation and how you plan to use or develop the land.


Copy of Title

It’s a requirement under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Section 47 (1)(d)) that you provide an up-to-date copy of title with any planning permit application. If the application is for a permit to remove or vary the title in any way, or if the permit would breach any covenant, you’ll need to include all of this information in your application. 



You'll need to submit:

  • A site plan showing the front set back distance of dwellings on adjoining land
  • Three copies of fully dimensioned plans, at a scale of 1:100 or 1:200 (including at least one full colour copy)
  • One copy of plans must be A4 or A3 sized (these should also be to scale) for copying
  • It would help if you could submit an electronic copy of all plans in PDF format on CD.
  • A photograph of the site from the street

The plans must show the existing conditions and proposed conditions of the site and dwelling. 

Other Information

When putting together a planning permit application, you should also: 

  • Mark the site clearly with a sign showing the street number
  • Peg out the location of the development and tape any vegetation to be removed
  • Where the height of your development may cause an issue, such as potentially impacting on views, you should erect height poles in consultation with the planning officer, to display the height of your development
  • Advise whether access to the site needs to be arranged (for example, if gates are locked).