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.

As part of the permit approval, you may be required to submit management plans that describe how you intend to deal with things like waste, flooding, termite risk, or trees and vegetation.

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 10m2 and repair work done for maintenance purposes, such as replacing rotted weatherboards.

Please consult Municipal or Private Building Surveyor for further information specific to this municipality.

Service type

Licence

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

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this permit, your application must contain sufficient information to show that the building work will comply with the legislation. This includes compliance with all Building Standards and Codes, the Five Star Energy Rating Standard, building in designated Bushfire Prone Areas, builder's registration and insurance or owner-builder certificate of consent.

For construction of a new building, you must typically include:

  • descriptions of the intended use of all buildings on allotment plans
  • three copies of drawings, specifications and allotment plans in the prescribed form and copies of any computations or reports necessary to demonstrate building compliance
  • a soil report
  • a copy of Certificate of Title.

To alter an existing building you must include copies of drawings and allotment plans that clearly differentiate between the existing building and the proposed building work.

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
  • specified computations or information relating to compliance of remaining buildings.

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.

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

Valid 2 years (residential) and 3 years (commercial) provided work commenced within 12 months of approval date.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other $64.10

Demolition request fee. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other $256.90

Consent and report per clause. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other $700.00

Per storey for commercial buildings. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other $600.00

Demolition fee for domestic dwellings and outbuildings. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other -

For all other building permits, please consult the responsible council for specific information on fees to be submitted with your application.

Apply Examination Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other $750.00

Additional assessment fee for demolitions. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Inspection Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other $300.00

Building inspection in other municipalities. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Inspection Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other $200.00

Building inspection within Darebin. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Inspection Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other $220.00

Additional building inspections. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Inspection Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other $250.00

Lapsed permit inspection. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Renewal Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other $700.00

Renewal of an expired building permit. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Variation Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other $250.00

Extension of time to a building permit. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Variation Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other $300.00

Variation to an existing building permit. Fees for 2017-18.

Approval Time

Varies depending on the nature of the application.

Administering agency

Darebin City Council

Contact details

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

Building Services

Operating address: 274 Gower Street
Preston, Victoria 3072
Mailing address: PO BOX 91
Preston, Victoria 3072
Phone: 03 8470 8899
Fax: 03 8470 8877
Email: building@darebin.vic.gov.au
Website: http://www.darebin.vic.gov.au (Opens in new window)