Are you about to start building or renovating?
Then it is important that you have obtained all relevant building permits before you start any works.
Whether building a verandah, carport, deck, fence, retaining wall, gazebo, swimming pool or spa - a building permit is required. Search our Building & Planning Documents
What is a Building Permit?
Building permits are designed to protect your building and, more importantly, you and your family.
Under Victorian Law - the Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2006 - most building work requires issuing a building permit, including most alterations, demolitions and removals.
Building permits are the documents you need to indicate that a building surveyor (Council or private) has approved building work to be carried out before it begins.
When building and renovating your home, a planning permit may also be required, so please also check with Council's Statutory Planning department.
Council can also provide technical advice by our Qualified Building Surveyors and Building Inspectors to assist home and property owners with general enquiries regarding building regulations and other building related concerns.
Some minor work is exempt, but if in doubt, ask the question. It is essential for owner builders and registered builders to obtain a building permit for the work before building starts.
A Building Permit ensures that:
- Your building practitioners are registered and insured
- Adequate documentation for your building works is prepared
- Independent reviews of you building documentation are performed
- Key stages of your building work is independently inspected
- Once work is complete, your building is independently assessed as suitable for use or occupation
Download Building Forms
Building Permit Application Form.pdf
Information to accompany Building Permit Application Form.pdf
Building Permit Extension of Time Application.pdf (51 kb)
Building Property Information Application Form.pdf
Report and Consent Form.pdf
Pay Building Fees by Credit Card
If you are not making a payment in person at one of our customer service centres, you can download the Credit Card Payment Form.pdf and attach to your Building Applications.
Need a Planning Permit too?
Building projects like new units, demolitions, renovations, extensions and sometimes new fences may need a planning permit. Check with statutory planning on 9205 2200 before starting the design of a building project. Link to planning information.
What does a Building Surveyor do?
A building surveyor will issue a building permit ensuring the building and drawings comply with Australian Standards and the Building Code.
Supporting Documents Required
When you meet with the building surveyor they will need to see the following documents.
- Building Permit Application Form.pdf
- Certificate of Title, Plan of subdivision (allotment plans) & covenant details
- 3 x sets of Site Plans
- 3 x sets of fully dimensioned Architectural Plans
Council does not hold Certificate of Titles. We cannot give sound advice on any restrictions that may affect your property.
For further information visit Department of Sustainability and Environment
Asset Protection Permit Application
The Application_for_Asset_Protection_Permit_-_010714_-_300615.pdf. Link to more information about Asset Protection.
Property Information Application & Permit to Connect to Stormwater
For a Permit to connect to stormwater (legal point of discharge) see Application_for_Property_Info_Stormwater_-_010714_-_300615.pdf
For more information or assistance please contact Building Control Services Department on 9205 2200.
Search our Building and Planning document library.
A Guide to Assessing Your Property's Bushfire Attack Level (BAL).
This guide responds to the community desire to determine the potential level of bushfire risk for their home. The guide explains how to access a property's BAL under the new residential building standard using an easy six step approach.
Download the Guide to Building Bushfire Construction Requirements 2009.pdf
External Web Links
Owner Builder Application Kit
Application Checklist - Building Commission
Building Commission - Legislative Publications
For more information contact us on 9205 2200 or email: email@example.com