Building Services Levy
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The Building Services Levy (BSL) will vary according to the type of application and where applicable, the value of building works undertaken. The table below shows the BSL payable to the local government permit authority with each application for a building permit, demolition permit or other permits or certificates.
|Application types||Building Services Levy|
|Over $45,000||$45,000 or less|
|Building permit||0.137% of the value of the work||$61.65|
|Demolition permit||0.137% of the value of the work||$61.65|
|Occupancy permit or building approval certificate for approved building work under ss47, 49, 50 or 52 of the Building Act||$61.65||$61.65|
|Occupancy permit or building approval certificate for unauthorised building work under s51 of the Building Act||0.274% of the value of the work||$123.30|
|Occupancy permit under s46 of the Building Act||No levy is payable||No levy is payable|
|Modification of occupancy permit for additional use of building on temporary basis under s48 of the Building Act||No levy is payable||No levy is payable|
Permit authorities remit the BSL to the Building Commission for those certificates or permits issued or granted. More information for Permit Authorities’ on remittance to the Building Commission is detailed below.
Determining value of work
The value of unauthorised work is the current value of the work determined by the permit authority.
When estimating the value of building work, Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations 2012 requires that the value is the sum of the value of the following relevant components (including GST):
- All goods (including manufactured goods forming part of the work);
- Services necessary;
- Fees payable;
- Overheads to be met; and
- Profit margin.
More information can be found in the Building Commission’s Industry Bulletin 76 – Estimating the value of building work.
Local government levy remittance
The Building Services (Complaint Resolution and Administration) Regulations 2011 require a permit authority to remit the Building Services Levy collected to the Building Commissioner within 14 days after the end of the month in which it issues or grants the permit or building approval certificate. Permit authorities are required to use Form 81 – Building Service Levy remittance advice and to provide a supporting report which details the permits with property information.
Form 81 – Building Services Levy remittance advice
This form is to be used by Permit authorities when remitting BSL only for those permits/certificates granted or issued. The supporting report detailing the total number of permits and value(s) should correlate to the figures submitted in Form 81.
Refund of the Building Services Levy
Under Regulation 16 of Building Services (Complaint Resolution and Administration) Regulations 2011, if a permit authority refuses to grant a permit or building approval certificate, or if an applicant withdraws an application before the permit or certificate is granted, the permit authority must refund the BSL. Soon after a permit or certificate is granted or issued, the permit authority remits the BSL to the Building Commission. Once a permit or certificate is granted or issued, the Building Services Levy will not be refunded, even if the permit is later cancelled or withdrawn.
If an application is refused or withdrawn, and no permit or certificate has been granted or issued, apply to the permit authority for a refund.
If the permit authority has prematurely transferred the BSL to the Building Commission, use Form 82 to request a BSL refund from the Building Commission. Please note this practice is not consistent with the regulations as stated above.
As the permit authority withholds a fee of $5 (GST exclusive) per permit or certificate when remitting to the Building Commission, this fee is deducted from the BSL refunded.
Form 82 – Request for refund
This form is for use when the permit was not issued and the local government has remitted the levy payment to the Building Commission
Submit the Request for refund to the Building Commission via the details on the form.
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