Registration of Building Practitioners - Building Surveyor - Victoria


You will require this registration if you intend to operate as a Building Surveyor. Building Surveyors make sure that construction projects meet building regulations. They assess design documentation for compliance, give directions and issue building and occupancy permits, notices and orders. Building Surveyors inspect buildings during construction to check that the building is being constructed in accordance with the approved plans and according to regulations and standards.

There are two classes of Building Surveyor registration:

  • Unlimited: a Building Surveyor (unlimited) has an unrestricted scope of work.
  • Limited: a Building Surveyor (limited) has a restricted scope of work and is able to certify buildings up to three storeys and with a maximum floor area of 2 000 square metres.

You must register with the VBA eToolbox to access the required forms.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To obtain a certificate of registration as a Building Surveyor you must:

  • have the specified educational qualifications in the particular class plus the specified period of practical experience, or the equivalent total in work experience
  • complete the application form and support the application with details of your training, professional memberships, business operations and in some categories, samples of work
  • satisfy the agency that you are of good character and fit to work as a building surveyor (the Agency will take into account matters such as your criminal record, and whether you have previously been insolvent)
  • hold the relevant qualifications
  • have appropriate insurance (required insurance for building surveyors is determined by the Agency)
  • provide a signed authorisation allowing the Agency to conduct a National Police Certificate check
  • lodge the application form and supporting copy documentation, including photographic ID, with the agency together with the prescribed fee.

You will also require one of the following:Unlimited: Degree in building surveying and three years practical experience.Limited: Advanced Diploma in building surveying and two years experience.

The Agency may require you to undergo an assessment by a board member, industry expert or workplace assessor prior to your registration being approved. The assessment will cover your knowledge and skill in areas relevant to the practice of a building surveyor.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Ongoing registration is subject to satisfaction of specified requirements including industry training and standards compliance, as determined by the agency.




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $60.40

If you are currently registered in another category or class of building practitioner. Fees for 2019-20.

Apply Application All $130.90

Fees for 2019-20.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Building Act 1993 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Building Regulations 2018 Victoria

Administering agency

Victorian Building Authority

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Building Practitioners Board

Victorian Building Authority

Operating address: Goods Shed North
733 Bourke Street
Docklands, Victoria 3008
Mailing address: PO BOX 536
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 1300 815 127
Fax: 03 9618 9046
Website: Building Practitioners Board (Opens in new window)