Council's Building Services has the professionalism and experience to assist you with the building needs you may require for your next project.
Applying for a Building Permit
You apply for a building permit using the building application form. You post or email the form with all relevant documents to Council, or deliver it in person to the Shire Office in Bright.
If you want to build in Dinner Plain, you need a planning permit first.
For building in Mount Hotham/Falls Creek, you need to obtain permission from the Alpine Planning Division of the Department of Infrastructure before applying for a permit at the Alpine Shire Council.
This is because State Government controls that land, not the Alpine Shire Council.
The FAQ lists general guidelines when you need and do not need a building permit, and building permit costs.
To help you prepare for the application, you can use the following checklists:
- Carport, garage or shed
- Demolishing a building
- Extensions or alterations to a house
- New dwellings and rebuilding
- Swimming pool or spa
Other relevant documents
Exemption/partial compliance application form
Building work to alter an existing building must comply with the Building Regulations 2018.
In circumstances where the existing building constraints will not permit full compliance with the regulations, an application for partial compliance can be considered by the relevant building surveyor.
The applicant will need to detail the requirements that cannot be met, reasons why and supporting information on any alternative design methods being considered.
Occupancy Permit application form
An application for occupancy permit must be made using the occupancy permit application form prior to occupation of a building where an occupancy permit is required upon completion of building work.
The completed occupancy permit application must be accompanied by Certificates of Compliance and Compliance Statements required by the Relevant Building Surveyor.
- Occupancy Permit application form
- Application to Amend a Building Permit Form
- Application for Extension of Time to a Building Permit Form
Report and Consent forms
- Regulation 73 - Maximum street setback
- Regulation 74 - Minimum street setback
- Regulation 75 - Building height
- Regulation 76 - Site coverage
- Regulation 77 - Permeability
- Regulation 78 - Car parking
- Regulation 79 - Side and rear setback
- Regulation 80 - Walls on boundaries
- Regulation 81 - Daylight to existing
- Regulation 82 - Solar access to existing
- Regulation 83 - Overshadowing
- Regulation 84 - Overlooking
- Regulation 85 - Daylight to habitable room
- Regulation 86 - Private open space
- Regulation 87 - Siting of Class 10a
- Regulation 89 - Front fence height
- Regulation 91 - Fences on or within 150mm
- Regulation 92 - Fences on intersecting
- Regulation 94 - Fences and daylight windows in existing dwelling
- Regulation 95 - Fences and solar access to existing north facing windows
- Regulation 96 - Fences and overshadowing of recreational private open space
- Regulation 97 - Mast, poles etc.
- S.29A - Request for Report and Consent to Proposed Demolition
- Application for Report and Consent - Non Siting Matters
What happens after I submit the building application?
The Municipal Building Surveyor may contact you within two to three weeks to ask for additional information or propose changes.
The Building Surveyor will assess your application against the Australian Building Code and the Building Regulations 2018
You will only receive a building permit once the Victorian Building Authority (V.B.A.) provides Council with a reference number. (This will only happen once the State Government Levy has been paid to the V.B.A.).
A Council officer will inspect the project once or more during construction.
What are the mandatory inspections?
- You will receive a Certificate of Final Inspection or an Occupancy Permit when the final, mandatory inspection is approved. You will need to provide all the relevant compliance certificates (Plumbing, Electrical etc.).