Building services

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Our Building Services department works to meet Council's statutory obligations and ensure compliance with building legislation and other related Acts and Regulations. Our team includes registered and qualified building surveyors, building inspectors and technical administration staff who are experienced in assisting with your building needs and enquiries. 

Building permits

You will need a building permit before undertaking most building or demolition work. To obtain this, you will need to engage a private building surveyor as Council do not issue building permits. A building permit confirms that a building surveyor has approved your plans and relevant documentation before your project begins. 

After the work is completed, your chosen building surveyor will return to check that work is completed according to the application and plans, and that it is compliant with the applicable building and safety standards.

If you are planning to demolish, extend or build, you need to understand your responsibilities. We will work with you to ensure your work is compliant and meets the relevant building and safety standards, protects the local heritage, and doesn’t have an impact on your neighbours. 

Planning permits give permission for land use or development and building permits deal with the work you propose to do on that land. You may be required to obtain a planning permit. If so, it must be obtained before a building permit can be issued. A planning permit does not eliminate the need to get a building permit. For more information, go to Planning Permits

To protect public assets vested in Council and for the safety of persons on or near a building site, Council require the owner, builder or appointed agent to obtain an Asset Protection Permit where building work is to be carried out. For more information, go to Asset Protection.

We are often made aware of building works carried out without obtaining a building permit. If building works are carried out without the required building permit, an investigation and enforcement process is implemented. 

Your building permit will state if an occupancy permit is required before you may move into the building. Occupancy permits are required for all new buildings including new homes, units or apartments. They signify that a building surveyor is satisfied that the completed building work is suitable for occupation. To find out more information about occupancy permits, visit the Victorian Building Authority website

All places of public entertainment must have an occupancy permit.

Contact us

For more information, please contact Building Services.

Ph: 03 5434 6347
Email: [email protected]

Office hours are 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.


More information

Victorian Building Authority website: Building and planning permits

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