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The City of Launceston's Aldermen, including Mayor and Deputy Mayor, are elected by the community every four years.
Our Mayor and Deputy Mayor are also elected by public vote every four years and serve for that period, but must be an alderman to be eligible for either position.
Launceston is proud of its heritage and is a vibrant and inclusive community that is creative and sustainable, inspired by its diverse opportunities and rich natural environment.
We work together as one organisation to deliver quality and innovative services to our community.
Our people matter
we value clear and open communication
we support and encourage each other
we respect diversity
we recognise individual needs, experience and strengths
The City of Launceston is working towards a fully accessible city that is safe and easy for people of all abilities to move around.
Businesses wishing to use Council's footpath for display of goods, portable signage or on-street dining, need our approval and must adhere to the guidelines for on-street trading and activities.
Food vendors wishing to operate on public roads must also obtain approval.
This section provides information about obtaining a building permit, plus details regarding property development and our Building Surveying Services.
New Building Act
From January 1, 2017 Tasmania has new laws regulating:
building and plumbing work
licensing of people in the building industry
residential building contracts
The new Building Act takes a risk-based approach to building approvals so low-risk building, plumbing and demolition work, and some medium-risk work can be done without seeking a building permit from the Council.
If you are planning to do some building work, please visit the Department of Justice website where you'll find a fact sheets. The Building Act 2016 and Building Regulations 2016. are also available for download.
Please note the Building Act 2000 is changing on January 1, 2017.
The new Act will be effective immediately.
Contact our Permit Authority if you have any questions about the changes.
The Building Act 2000 and Plumbing Regulations 2014 govern plumbing works in Tasmania.
The new Building Act will require notifiable work, permitted work to be carried out by a person who holds a Plumbing Contractors licence under the Occupational Licensing Act 2005 and the Occupational Licensing (Plumbing Work) Regulations 2010.
By talking to us early in the planning process, we can assist you with the project design and provide important information up front. If you would like to speak with a Town Planner, you can either:
Call our Planning Hotline on 6323 3220 to speak with the duty planner between 10am - 4pm.
Drop-in to our Customer Service Centre and speak with the duty planner between 10am - 1pm.
Appointments are available on the hour at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm or 4pm. Please call or email us to make an appointment.
Planning applications can be lodged online via eServices, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, via post or in person.
Planning controls the use and development of land.
The Launceston Interim Planning Scheme 2015 came into effect in April 2015 and sets out the rules for the management of use and development in our municipality.
Planning Scheme maps can be accessed here. You can conduct your own My Planning Enquiry for a particular use or development on any property which will provide you the zone and codes standards which may apply.
Please note: Some codes in the Launceston Interim Planning Scheme 2015 are not identified by maps but may still be relevant to a use or development e.g. Car Parking and Sustainable Transport Code, Environmental Impacts and Attenuation Code, Bushfire Prone Areas Code, Potentially Contaminated Land Code etc.
What you can do with your land
Every property has a zone and unique use and development controls.
Each zone has a use table and use/development standards that must be considered to determine the particular status of an application. Please see Launceston Interim Planning Scheme 2015 Part B Section 8 for more detail.
All use and development of land must be classified within a defined "use class" in the Planning Scheme. Depending on the zone, different uses are either allowable or prohibited. There are four categories that a 'use' can fall into in each zone - No Permit Required, Permitted, Discretionary or Prohibited.
Where development is proposed, an applicable acceptable solution must be met to maintain the status of the use. If the acceptable solution is not met, the development must meet the performance criteria so as not to be prohibited - for example, a Permitted use may become Discretionary. An acceptable solution is measurable and quantitative whereas the performance criteria is more subjective and qualitative.
To find out how your land is zoned visit Planning Scheme Maps or My Planning Enquiry.
The difference between planning and building
Planning is the process of making decisions to guide future action. The planning profession is concerned with shaping cities, towns and regions by managing development, infrastructure and services for the community.
Planning deals with the use of land, the type of development proposed, in what location and the potential impacts.
Building (including plumbing, environmental health requirements and engineering standards) controls how the development will be constructed ensuring that it meets the relevant building legislation, codes and regulations.
To read the Launceston Residential and Industrial strategies, visit Strategies and Reports. The Heritage Study is located in the Heritage Developments section.
Food and Beverage Businesses
The preparation and sale of food and beverages, even on a one-off basis by a not-for-profit organisation, is regulated by the Tasmanian Food Act 2003 and the National Food Standards Code.
Sale of food includes offering food or beverages (including alcohol) as a prize or reward and giving food away for the purpose of advertisement or in furtherance of trade or business.
City of Launceston Environmental Health Officers assess food premises building plans and applications, conduct inspections, provide information and advice to operators and, if required, apply enforcement action to ensure our food businesses maintain a high standard of food safety.