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.

Further examples of development work include:

  • constructing sheds, carports or garages
  • raising fences, signs, masts, antennas, pergolas or verandas
  • building retaining walls or stairways
  • re-blocking, re-stumping and re-roofing
  • installing swimming pools, spas, doors or windows
  • any renovations.

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

A building permit has commencement (six to twelve months) and completion (six to thirty-six months) time limits that will apply depending on the nature of the building works.

Additional requirements also apply to the reconstruction of class 1a buildings that were destroyed in the 2009 Victorian Bushfires. Furthermore, any building taking place in bushfire prone areas may be subject to additional requirements under the Building Code of Australia.

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.

An application for a building permit may be made to a municipal or private building surveyor. A municipal building surveyor works at the local council where your project is located. Some municipal building surveyors issue permits outside their municipal district, whereas a private building surveyor will issue a permit in any municipality.

Have a discussion with your municipal or preferred private building surveyor before applying to them for a building permit. To ensure your preferred private building surveyor is registered, search for them through the eToolbox.

Please note that once a council municipal building surveyor has commenced assessing a building permit, you cannot switch to 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

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.

For construction of a new building, you must include:

  • Descriptions of the intended use of all buildings on allotment plans; and
  • Three copies of drawings, specifications and allotment plans in the prescribed form and copies of any computations or reports necessary to demonstrate building compliance.

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 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
  • 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.

Please consult Municipal or 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.

Duration

Duration does not exceed 12 months.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Amount Description
Apply Application $5500.00

Relocated dwelling. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application $1000.00

Sheds, veranda's, pergola's, carports, masts and the like. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application $1300.00

Retaining wall. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application $2200.00

Re-stumping. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application $2000.00

Demolition. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application $700.00

Temporary structures and special use permits. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application $225.00

Compliance certificate. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application $85.00

Site hut on nature strip. You may be required to pay a bond for use of council land, please consult the responsible council for specific information on fees to be submitted with your application. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application $60.00

Use of parking bay for construction activities. You may be required to pay a bond for use of council land, please consult the responsible council for specific information on fees to be submitted with your application. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application -

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

Apply Inspection $170.00

Building inspection. Fees for 2017-18.

Lodgement process

Apply

Please submit your application and any associated documentation directly to the Agency.

Approval time

Varies depending on the nature of the application.

Administering agency

Melton City Council

Contact details

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

Building Services Unit

Melton City Council

Operating address: 232 High Street
Melton, Victoria 3337
Mailing address: PO BOX 21
Melton, Victoria 3337
Phone: 03 9747 7200
Fax: 03 9743 9970
Email: csu@melton.vic.gov.au
Website: http://www.melton.vic.gov.au (Opens in new window)