Do I need a building permit?

1.Overview

The Building Regulations stipulates that all building work requires a building permit, unless the work is specifically exempt under schedule 8 of the regulations. A building permit is written approval from a registered building surveyor certifying that your plans comply with the Building Regulations. Apply for a building permit here.

You must have this permit before any work can begin. Penalties may apply if you commence building work without the correct permits. You may also be compelled to demolish illegal buildings, so never rely on informal advice that permits are not needed.

Select a category above for a list of works that require a Building Permit.

Always speak to a registered building surveyor before you commence work to ensure you have the required approvals in place.

2.Dwellings (Class 1a)

WORKS

DESCRIPTION

PERMIT REQUIRED

Addition/Extension

Adding additional space to a building

Yes

Alterations (Structural)

Structural changes to a building including removing or adding walls, changing size or location of windows or doors

Yes

Alterations (Non-structural)

Non structural repair or maintenance of existing buildings, such as replacing kitchen units

No, however check with a registered building surveyor for confirmation

Change of Use

Changing the use of a building from one class to another (i.e. shed to a dwelling)

Yes

Demolition/Removal

Removal, demolition or CFA burn of a building to remove it from site

Yes

New Building

Construction of Dwelling

Yes

Re-Erection

Re-Erection of an existing dwelling

Yes

Restumping

Whole or partial restumping of a dwelling

Yes

Roofing

Replacing existing roof with another material (i.e. replacing iron with tile)

Yes

Windows/Doors

Adding, changing location or replacing windows or doors with different size

Yes

 

3.Sheds/Garages/Carports (Class 10a)

WORKS

DESCRIPTION

PERMIT REQUIRED

Addition/Extension

Adding additional space to a building

Yes

Construction of Carport

Carport attached to (or physically sited beside) another building

Yes

Demolition/Removal

Demolition/Removal of a free standing Class 10 building, not constructed of masonry, not exceeding 40m2 and not affecting safety of public or occupiers

No

New Building (over 10m2)

New Shed/Garage/Carport over 10m2

Yes

New Building (under 10m2)

New Shed/Garage/Carport under10m2, under 3m in height (or 2.4m if within 1m of boundary), not built of masonry, and located no further forward on the allotment than the associated buildings

No

 NOTE:  A CLASS 10a BUILDING MUST NOT BE CONSTRUCTED ON VACANT LAND WITHOUT CONSENT FROM COUNCIL'S BUILDING DEPARTMENT (Refer to Appendix 23 - Regulation 422 in appendixes)

 

4.Swimming Pools and Spas (Class 10b)

WORKS

DESCRIPTION

PERMIT REQUIRED

Above Ground Pool

Pool can contain over 300mm in depth of water

Yes, must include safety barrier

Inflatable pool

Pool can contain over 300mm in depth of water

No, however Permit for safety barrier required

Inground Pool

Pool can contain over 300mm in depth of water

Yes, must include safety barrier

Safety Barrier (new)

Safety Barrier constructed around pools that can contain over 300mm in depth of water

Yes

Safety Barrier (alterations)

Alterations to an existing safety barrier

Yes

Spa

Installation of spa

Yes, must include safety barrier

                                         

 

5.Commercial Buildings (Class 5, 6, 7 and 8)

(Class: 5 - Office, 6 - Shop/Restaurant, 7 - Warehouse, 8 - Factory)

WORKS

DESCRIPTION

PERMIT REQUIRED

Addition/Extension

Adding additional space to a building

Yes

Alterations (Structural)

Structural changes to a building, including removing or adding walls, changing size or location of windows or doors

Yes

Change of Use

Changing use of a building from one Class to another (i.e. shop to an office or restaurant, dwelling to a shop or office)

Yes

Demolition/Removal

Removal, demolition or CFA burn of a building to remove it from site

Yes

New Building

Construction of a new commercial premises

Yes

Sign (Small)

More than 1m above ground level within 3m of a street alignment

Yes

Sign (Large)

More than 8m above ground level and more than 6m2 in display area

Yes

 

6.Fences (Class 10b)

WORKS

DESCRIPTION

PERMIT REQUIRED

Corner Fence

Construction of a fence within 9m of a point of intersection of street alignments over 1m in height

Yes

Front Fence (Declared Road)

Construction of front fence on a declared road over 2m in height

Yes, see VicRoads Declared Roads

Front Fence (Light Weight - Picket, Colorbond, Etc)

Construction of an open fence within 3m of a street alignment over 1.5m in height

Yes

Front Fence (Solid - Brick, Concrete, Etc)

Construction of solid fence within 3m of a street alignment over 1.2m in height

Yes

Rear Boundary Fence

Construction of a rear fence over 2m in height

Yes

Side Boundary Fence

Construction of a side fence over 2m in height

Yes

Side Boundary Fence (within 3m of a street alignment)

Must comply with Front Fence Regulations

(See above)

Security Fence

Fence containing barbed wire adjacent to a street alignment

Yes

Tennis Court Fence

Construction of a chain wire tennis court fence

No, if contained within the property boundary

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7.Other Works

WORKS

DESCRIPTION

PERMIT REQUIRED

Bushfire Shelter

Construction of a bushfire shelter

Yes

Deck

Construction or extension of a deck

Yes

Mast/Pole/Antenna (attached to building)

Installation of mast/pole/antenna over 3m in height above the highest point of the building

Yes

Mast/Pole/Antenna (on ground)

Installation of mast/pole/antenna over 8m above ground level

Yes

Pergola (over 20m2)

Note: a pergola is an unroofed structure

Construction of pergola over 20m2

Yes

Pergola (under 20m2)

Note: a pergola is an unroofed structure

Construction of pergola under 20m2, less than 3.6m in height, and no further forward than 2.5 from the front wall of a dwelling

No

Retaining Wall (on boundary)

Construction of retaining wall on a boundary for the purpose of maintaining stability of adjoining properties

Yes

Retaining Wall (over 1m)

Construction of retaining wall over 1m in height

Yes

Shade Sail

Installation of shade sail over 20m2 or located within the front setback

Yes

 Shipping Container Installation of shipping container for storage, dwelling, etc Yes

Solid Fuel or Wood Heater

Installation of solid fuel or wood heater

No, however installation must be undertaken by a licensed plumber

Verandah

Construction or extension of a verandah

Yes