A Building permit must be granted prior to starting any building works unless the work is exempt under Part 18 and Schedule 8 of the Building Regulations 2006.
We issue Building permits for the construction, demolition, alteration, extension or change of use for all types of buildings.
This includes both domestic and commercial projects, ranging from the smallest garden shed or verandah to the largest office building, factory or hospital building.
Our services are available to all residents and property owners, builders, developers and designers.
Under the Building Regulations 2006 we must ensure that all construction and demolition works are carried out to specific standards. These standards cover health, safety, amenity and energy efficiency matters.
You will need to provide evidence to us that your building design complies with energy efficiency regulations when applying for your building permit.
Your builder will have the knowledge or will know who to contact to assess your design.
Sustainability Victoria can provide you with more information.
Building advice and assistance
Our staff in Building and Customer Service are available for advice and assistance at all stages from initial design to application processing and approval, inspections and completion of your building project.
Contact us to see how we can help.
Building permit fees
Fees are based on the total value of your building works/project, and may include the following:
Other fees will be applicable if separate permits or consents are required.
- Application fee (includes assessment, Building permit, mandatory inspections and Occupancy permit or Certificate of Final Inspection)
- Asset Protection permit (a fee to cover the inspection of the road, footpaths and drains before and after building works).
Our staff can advise you on the fees that will be applicable to your application.
Building permit levy
The Building permit levy applies to most building projects. It is payable when you lodge your application for a building permit and it is forwarded to the Building Commission when the permit is issued.
The levy applies to all applications where the value of the works exceeds $10,000. An additional levy applies to all domestic projects.
Building permit exemptions
There are times when you may not need a building permit - it's always a good idea to check with us first.
A range of minor building works are exempt from the requirements for permits and inspections, however in most cases the actual construction must still comply with the provisions of the Building Regulations.
The following list gives examples of building works for which a Building Permit and associated inspections are not required (please refer to the link below for more detail):
- Buildings used temporarily during building works for construction or display purposes.
- Garden sheds having a floor area not exceeding 10m2 (if on the same allotment as an existing dwelling).
- Repair work done for maintenance purposes ie. re-roofing using similar materials (does not include re-blocking).
Domestic building work
Domestic building work includes:
Note that farm sheds are excluded.
- all construction, demolition and alteration of all dwellings and associated works
- all construction, demolition and alteration of buildings (including garages, carports, pools etc) on residential zoned land
Building investigations, complaints and enforcement
We investigate a wide range of building-related matters that have been reported to us in writing.
Some matters may proceed to enforcement action.
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