Commercial Fit out

Published on Thursday, 18 August 2022 at 10:32:00 AM

Have you just signed a lease? Are you intending to refurbish the commercial premises? Is a building permit required?

There is a common misconception that if a fit-out is non-structural in nature or the building cost is less than $20,000, a Building Permit is not required. That is incorrect.

A Building Permit must be obtained if your fit-out work includes installation of:

  • Electrical outlets and lighting
  • Floors and ceilings
  • HVAC systems
  • Fire protection systems
  • Toilets
  • Partitions
  • Cool rooms

Building Permit requirements for fit-out work apply to both new and existing commercial buildings.

Some of the reasons why a Building Permit is needed for a fit-out include:

  • Partitions can affect occupant egress to an exit during evacuation in a fire emergency.
  • The layout of the premises may affect access to and within the building by a person with a disability. Most buildings are required by law to provide access for people with disabilities.
  • HVAC systems and fire protection systems including exit signs have to comply with relevant Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia.

If you require more information or would like to discuss your project, please contact the Building Services team on (08) 9273 6000 or at

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