Building permits and information
You will require a building permit before undertaking almost any building or demolition work. A building permit confirms that a building surveyor has approved your plans and documentation before your project begins.
After the work is completed, your 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 that it meets safety and building standards, protects the local heritage, and doesn’t annoy your neighbours.
Building permits and planning permits
Planning permits give permission for a 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 remove the need to get a building permit. Go to Planning Permits.
Asset protection 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.
Illegal building work
We are often made aware of building works carried out without the required 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 here.
- Occupancy of Footpath or Road Reserve (Hoardings) for works
- Report and Consent Non-Siting
- Report and Consent Siting
- Report and Consent Class 10
- Section 29A Demolition Consent
- Amend or Extend a Report and Consent
- Request for Adjoining Landowners Details for the purpose of building works OR complete our online form
- Neighbours Response Declaration Form for Report and Consent Applications
- Property Information and Legal Point of Discharge Request - Typically for Building Surveying Purposes OR complete our online form
- Building Information Request Regulation 326 - Typically for Conveyancing Purposes
- Building File Search Request OR complete our online form
All places of public entertainment must have an occupancy permit.
To find out more visit the Victorian Building Authority website: Occupancy Permits for Places of Public Entertainment