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Changes to the Building Code and Planning System

About this initiative

It’s now easier to build in Tasmania. Reforms in the planning and building area have been made and further reforms are underway. These reforms will provide for faster approvals and more flexible forms of housing, including shop-top development.


Planning and building approvals for houses that comply with basic standards are streamlined across the residential areas of all Tasmanian cities and towns. Reforms to the building regulations also mean that conversion of shop tops and other buildings are much more flexible.

The introduction of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme over the next few years will further reduce unnecessary regulation.

More Information

For more information, please call the Department of Justice’s Planning Policy Unit on (03) 6166 1429, email or visit the Planning Reform website.