What is a lapsed building permit?
Local Authorities are required to maintain the records (permit and inspection documentation) relating to all building permits issued within its regional boundaries, including those issued by private building certifiers. The status of the permit will be updated upon receipt of the documentation provided by private building certifiers.
A building permit can have the status of ‘Not Finalised’,‘Finalised’ or ‘Lapsed’.
‘Not Finalised’ means the approval is still in effect and work was substantially started or completed within the currency period nominated on the building permit. The approval remains in effect and can be finalised despite the currency period expiring, provided the private building certifier has not formally lapsed the approval. ‘Finalised’ indicates that all of the final inspection documents and certificates have been received by the Local Authority.