Apply for an alteration permit

You can apply for an alteration permit if you want to make minor changes to a building or use that was previously permitted but is now prohibited.

The changes must not:

  • alter the existing building or use by more than 5%
  • increase the number of dwellings
  • affect the amenity of the area.

If the changes are beyond this scope, you must apply for an exceptional development permit.

If you are not sure whether your need an alteration permit, contact a planner from Development Assessment Services.

Before you apply

Before you apply, you will need:

  • owner's authorisation if you are not the owner of the property
  • evidence that the use or building exists
  • dimensioned plans that show the proposed alteration.

How to apply

To apply, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Submit your application

Submit an alteration permit application through the DAO website.

Step 2. Pay the fee

You must pay an application fee.

You can either pay:

All fees are non-refundable, even if your application is unsuccessful.

After you apply

Read below to find out what happens after you submit your application.

Decision maker

The decision maker is:

  • Development Consent Authority (within DCA areas) or
  • the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (outside of DCA areas).

Administrating branch

The administrating branch is Development Assessment Services.

Contact a planner.

Last updated: 19 April 2021

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