Local Government (Councils) as planning authorities are responsible for assessing planning applications, also known as development applications, and issuing planning permits, if approved.
Councils also employ permit authorities who are people licensed to issue building, plumbing and associated permits.
Tasmanian Councils (29)
- Break O'Day Council
- Brighton council
- Burnie City Council
- Central Coast Council
- Central Highlands Council
- Circular Head Council
- City of Clarence
- Derwent Valley Council
- Devonport City Council
- Dorset Council Tasmania
- Flinders Council
- George Town Council
- Glamorgan Spring Bay Council
- Glenorchy City Council
- Hobart City Council
- Huon Valley Council
- Kentish Council
- Kingborough Council
- King Island Council
- Latrobe Council
- Launceston City Council
- Meander Valley Council
- Northern Midlands Council
- Sorell Council
- Southern Midlands Council
- Tasman Council
- Waratah Wynyard Council
- West Coast Council
- West Tamar Council
Local Government Association Tasmania
Find your information about your local council through the Local Government Association Tasmania website.
State Government Departments
The Departments listed below, govern aspects of the Planning, Building, Plumbing or Public Health process.
Department of Justice
Consumer, Building and Occupational Services (CBOS)
Find additional information and resources about planning, building and plumbing in Tasmania.
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Department of Natural Resources and Environment (formerly DPIPWE)
Parks and Wildlife Service
The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) are responsible for Crown land that is reserved under the Nature Conservation Act 2002. This can include public reserves, school and hospital sites, verges of roads, land along river banks and coastal areas, sporting grounds, parks and picnic facilities.
The following links may be useful
- Undertaking works on Crown land, Development Applications and information on Events on Crown land
- Leases and licenses
Natural and Cultural Heritage
Department of Health
Food safety and environmental health services
Food safety and environmental health services information can be found on the Department of Health website.
Department of State Growth
Department of Treasury and Finance
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA Tasmania is Tasmania's Environmental Protection Agency.
Tasmanian Fire Service
The Tasmanian Fire Service provides information on bushfire hazards, bushfire prone areas, and more.
External agencies that protect, own, manage, maintain or operate infrastructure that informs the Planning, Building and/or Plumbing process:
TasWater manages and maintains water and sewerage infrastructure (except stormwater) in Tasmania.
TasNetworks owns, operates and maintains the electricity network in Tasmania.
If your project requires a TasNetworks connection, you can use their online connections portal. This portal will enable you to register then submit and track your connection requests using a personalised account.
Requests that are covered in TasNetworks connections portal include:
- Basic connection
- Negotiated connection
- Embedded Generation Connection
- Public lighting
If you live on King or Flinders Island please contact Hydro Tasmania to discuss your connection.
Tasmanian legislation and other resources that regulate the Planning, Building and Plumbing process:
- Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993
Planning in Tasmania is governed by the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993.
The Tasmanian Planning Commission is an independent statutory authority that reviews, advises on, and determines a range of land use and development matters.
Learn about Tasmanian land planning and development and how it has been modernised, or search for planning information.
Building and Plumbing Legislation and other resources
Building and plumbing in Tasmania is governed by the Building Act 2016.
Link to CBOS website for Advisory notes, Building determinations and more.
More building and plumbing resources
Other useful resources
Before You Dig Australia
Any project, including work on private properties, can damage assets located around your dig site. This can lead to service interruptions, delays, costly repairs and in the worst-case scenario – injury or death. Obtaining plans and safety information from asset owners via the free referral service before you start work can significantly minimise these risks: