Building Permit - Victoria

Description

You will require this permit if you intend to undertake building or development work. This includes any construction, alteration, removal or demolition of any new or old building or structure.

For example, any work to sheds, carports, garages, fences, masts, antennas, pergolas, verandahs, retaining walls, stairways, re-blocking, re-stumping, re-roofing, signs, swimming pools and spas, door or window installation, sub-flooring, bathroom and kitchen renovations and the like.

A building permit has commencement (6 - 12 months) and completion (6 - 36 months) time limits that will apply depending on the nature of the building works.

Exemptions to this permit exist for minor structures and may depend on such things as size, nature and type of work proposed. Examples of exemptions include some pergolas associated with houses, garden sheds with a floor area less than ten square meters and repair work done for maintenance purposes, such as replacing rotted weatherboards. To determine if the proposed works require a permit, contact the council or a private building surveyor.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

A building permit can be obtained from council or a private building surveyor.

To be eligible for this permit your application must contain sufficient information to show that the building work will comply with the Building Act and Regulations.

This includes compliance with all Building Standards and Codes. Compliance may also include bushfire attack level (BAC) construction, builder's registration and insurance or owner-builder certificate of consent.

To apply for a permit, you must typically include:

  • Three copies of a site plan including setbacks to proposed and existing buildings including adjoining allotments.
  • Three copies of drawings and specifications in the prescribed form and copies of any computations or reports necessary to demonstrate building compliance;
  • A copy of Certificate of Title, including a lot plan.

To construct a new dwelling you must also include;

  • Three copies of soil report;
  • Three copies of an energy rating report, including endorsed plans.

To alter or extend an existing building you must include copies of drawings and allotment plans that clearly differentiate between the existing building and the proposed building work. These works may also require an energy report.

To demolish or remove buildings you must typically include:

  • Three copies of an outline and description of the building or part thereof to be demolished or removed;
  • An allotment plan showing the location of boundaries and adjoining buildings, other buildings on the allotment, and streets, footpaths or crossings adjoining the allotment; and
  • Section 29A Demolition Consent from Council;
  • Details of registered removalist or demolisher;
  • Procedure for demolition/removal.

A heritage certificate may be required from the Heritage Council of Victoria to ensure compliance with the heritage status of the building and site. Please consult with Heritage Victoria in the first instance before commencing any works.

Additional consents may be required relating to the protection of adjoining property and/or dispensations from the local Council relating to such matters as building over an easement, building on land liable to flooding, fire risk, site setbacks, etc.

Please consult the Council or a private Building Surveyor for further information on specific requirements and conditions for this permit.

Prerequisites

Ongoing Eligibility Requirements

A Building Permit Levy is payable before a building permit can be issued, however, an application may still be considered pending payment of the levy.

Works restrictions and compliance requirements may be in place if the building work relates to a property that has been, or is in the process of, being registered as of heritage interest or significance.

Various approvals and / or consents under Planning and Environment Acts may also be required prior to the issue of a building permit.

A building permit period may be extended, if warranted, by application to the building surveyor before the permit lapses.

If building works are to be conducted out of hours then additional approval and a permit may be required.

Duration

Varies depending on the nature and scope of the permit.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Amount Description
Apply Application -

Please consult the responsible council for specific information on fees to be submitted with your application.

Apply Application $195.00

Permit amendments. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application $195.00

Extension of time. Fees for 2017-18.

Lodgement process

Apply

Please lodge your completed application form and any associated documents directly with Council or Private Building Surveyor.

Approval time

Varies depending on the nature of the application.

Administering agency

Colac Otway Shire

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Building Department

Colac Otway Shire

Operating address: 2-6 Rae Street
Colac, Victoria, 3250
Mailing address: PO BOX 283
Colac, Victoria 3250
Email: inq@colacotway.vic.gov.au
Website: Colac Otway Shire (Opens in new window)