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Permit Authority

Who is a permit authority?

A Permit Authority is a person who works for council and has responsibility for issuing building, plumbing and demolition permits.

The Permit Authority also has a role in ensuring that building, plumbing and demolition works in their municipality comply with the Building Act 2016.

From 1 January 2017, the Permit Authority is a licensed role.

If you have been working in this role immediately before 1 January 2017 you will be taken to hold a licence under the Occupational Licensing Act 2005 for up to 2 years. You are then required to apply to be licensed before 31 December 2018.

Applying for a Building Services Provider - Permit Authority Licence

If you are appointed to this role after 1 January 2017, you will need to apply to be licensed.

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Certificate IV course in Government (Statutory Compliance) is the recommended qualification for a Permit Authority licence.