Building FAQ

Find answers for a range of frequently asked questions related to Building. 

  • Where do I get information on Report and Consent?

    For all information relating to Report and Consent (including necessary application forms), please contact Council's Building Department.

  • Do I need a Building Permit?

    You can see in the table below when you may need a building permit. You can also contact the Building Services Team on (03) 5755 0555.

    CATEGORY

    DESCRIPTION

    PERMIT REQUIRED?

    Additions

    Additions to a dwelling or any other building

    YES

    Alterations

    Structural alterations to a dwelling or any other building

    YES

     

    Removal of, or alterations to a load bearing part of a building

    YES

    Carports / Garages

    Setback less than the associated building

    YES

     

    Attached to another building

    YES

     

    Freestanding, floor area not exceeding 10m2, no more that 3m high, not constructed of masonry and located no further forward on the allotment than the associated building

    NO

    Demolition / Removal

    Demolition or removal of part or all of a building, Owner Builders must provide the Relevant Building Surveyor with evidence that the demolisher has the necessary knowledge, experience, equipment and storage facilities to properly conduct the demolition.

    (A Certificate of Currency for the contractors Public Liability Insurance must be provided)

    YES

    Fences

    Construction of a side or boundary fence less than 2m high

    NO

     

    Construction of a brick fence less than 1.2m in height

    NO

     

    Construction of a timber front fence on a non-declared road less than 1.5m in height

    NO

     

    Construction of a side or boundary fence more than 2m high

    YES

     

    Construction of a fence that is more than 1m high, within 9 metres of the point of an intersection of street alignment

    YES

     

    Construction of a chain-wire tennis court fence

    NO

    Masts / Antennas

    Heights more than 3m above the highest point of a building (if attached to a building)

    YES

    Pergolas

    Construction of a pergola (unroofed) associated with a house, not exceeding 20sqm in area, not more than 3m high and located no further forward on the allotment than the dwelling

    NO

     

    Construction of a pergola (unroofed) associated with any other building

    YES

    Retaining Wall

    Constructed on or near site boundaries (any height) in order to maintain the stability of the adjoining property

    YES

     

    Construction of a retaining wall 1m or more in height

    YES

    Re-blocking

    Re-blocking or re-stumping of an existing building

    YES

    Roofing

    Replacement of corrugated iron roofing with concrete or terracotta tiles

    YES

     

    Replacement of corrugated iron roofing with ‘Colorbond’ or other pre-finished sheeting

    NO

    Sheds

    Erection of a shed less than 10m2 in area, no more than 3m high, not constructed of masonry and located no further forward on the allotment than the associated building

    NO

     

    Erection of shed more than 10m2 in area

    YES

    Signs

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

    YES

     

    More than 8m above ground level, and more than 6m2 in display area and more than 3m from the street allotment boundary

    YES

    Swimming Pools /Spas

    Construction of a verandah attached to any building

    YES

    Windows

    Replacement of windows of the same size, where no structural alterations are required

    NO

     

    Installation of ‘bay’ or ‘corner’ type windows where structural alterations are required

    YES

    Wood heaters

    Installation of a wood heater (solid fuel burning appliance)

    NO

     

  • Can I change the building permit?

    If you change the plans, you can change the building permit.

    You may have to pay additional costs.

  • Can I extend the building permit?

    You can extend the building permit when the building takes longer than planned. Apply for an extension.

  • Do I need a building permit?

    You can see here when you need a building permit. You can also contact the Building Services Team on (03) 5755 0555.

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    Category Description    Permit Required
    Additions    Additions to a dwelling or any other building Yes  
    Alterations Structural alterations to a dwelling or any other building Yes
      Removal of or alteration to a load bearing part of a building Yes
    Carports/Garages Setback less than the associated building Yes
      Attached to another building Yes
      Freestanding, floor area not exceeding 10sqm, no more than 3m high, not constructed of masonry and located no further forward on the allotment than the associated building No
    Demolition/Removal Demolition or removal of part or all of a building Owner-Builders must provide the Relevant Building Surveyor with evidence that the demolisher has the necessary knowledge, experience, equipment and storage facilities to properly conduct the demolition. (Public Liability Insurance is a must-have) Yes
    Fences Construction of a side or boundary fence less than 2m high No
      Construction of a brick front fence more than 1.2m high Yes
      Construction of a timber front fence less than 1.5m in height No
      Construction of a timber front fence on a non declared road less than 1.5m in height No
      Construction of a side or boundary fence more than 2m high Yes
      Construction of a fence that is more than 1m high, within 9m of the point of intersection of street alignment Yes
      Construction of a chain wire tennis court fence No
    Masts/Antennas Heights more than: 3m above the highest point of a building (if attached to a building) Yes
      8m above the ground (if not attached to a building) Yes
    Pergolas Construction of a pergola (unroofed) associated with a house, not exceeding 20sqm in area, not more than 3m high and located no further forward on the allotment than the dwelling No
      Construction of a pergola (unroofed) associated with any other building Yes
    Retaining Wall Constructed on or near site boundaries (any height) in order to maintain the stability of the adjoining property Yes
      Construction of a retaining wall 1m or more in height Yes
    Reblocking Reblocking or restumping of an existing building Yes
    Roofing Replacement of corrugated iron roofing with concrete or terracotta roofing tiles Yes
      Replacement of corrugated iron roofing with ‘Colorbond’ or other pre-finishing sheeting No
    Sheds Erection of a shed less than 10sqm in area, no more than 3m in high, not constructed of masonry and located no further forward on the allotment than the associated building No
      Erection of a shed more than 10sqm in area Yes
    Signs More than 1m above ground level within 3m of the street alignment Yes
      More than 8m above ground level, and more than 6sqm in display area and more than 3m from the street allotment boundary Yes
    Swimming Pools/Spas Construction of an in-ground swimming pool/spa greater than 300mm in depth Yes
    Verandas Construction of a verandah attached to any building Yes
    Windows Replacement of windows of the same size, where no structural alterations are required No
      Installation of ‘bay’ or ‘corner’ type windows where structural alterations are required Yes
    Wood Heaters Installation of a wood heater (solid fuel burning appliance) No
  • How do I get an Occupancy Permit?

    You receive an Occupancy Permit after the final, mandatory inspection. You can also apply for an occupancy permit.

     

  • What if I have a problem on my building site?

    The Victorian Building Commission's (VBA) website has a comprehensive list of what to do if you have a problem or complaint.

  • I want to install a swimming pool or an outdoor spa, where can I find the appropriate information?

    The Victorian Building Association's (VBA) website provides up to date information regarding pools and spas.

  • What do other building services cost?

    Administrative / Technical Services

    Legal Point of Discharge Information 

    $146.85

    Building Information Certificates 

    $47.90

    Essential service inspection and report  

    $450 (min)

    Retrieve Historic Permit Documents (Copy) – On Site 

    $35 (min)

    Retrieve Historic Permit Documents (Copy) – Off Site 

    $75 (min)

    Retrieve Individual Copies of Certificate of Final Inspection, Occupancy Permits etc.   

    $35 per copy

    Report and Consent

    Variation to siting (Part 5) 

    $294.70 each

    Notification of adjoining landowners for siting variation 

    $125.50 each

    Flooding (Reg 153)

     $294.74 

    Projections beyond street alignment (Part 6)

     $294.74 

    Protection of the public (Reg 116)

     $299.10 

    Swimming Pool Registration Fees

    Pool registration

     $32.31 

    Information search associated with pool registration

     $47.95 

    Certificate of compliance lodgement

     $20.74 

    Certificate of non-compliance lodgement

     $390.78 

    On site pool inspection (2 site visits max)

     $400.00   + GST

    Temporary Structures

    Temporary Siting approvals x3 Structures

    $447.80+ GST

    Temporary Siting approvals more than 3 Structures 

    $570.20+ GST

    Places of Public Entertainment (Pope)-

    Attendance up to 1000 persons and 1 Prescribed Structure 

    $1,146.50 + GST

    Attendance up to 5000 persons and 5 Prescribed Structure 

    $1,560.60 + GST

    Attendance of greater than 5,000 persons and more than 5 Prescribed structures 

    $1,769.70 + GST

    Consulting fees (per hr)

    Building Inspector & Assistant BS 

    $161.50 + GST

    Building Surveyor 

    $205.75+ GST

    municipal building surveyor 

    $280.50+ GST

     

  • What does a building permit cost?

    a. Commercial Works

    You pay a lodgement fee, a fee that depends on the total cost of the works, and a state government levy.

    1. The lodgement fee is $123.90
    2. The State Government levy is $1.28 per $1,000, if the cost of work is more than $10,000.

    3. The fees that depend on the cost of the building works are:
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    Cost of works Minimum fee
    $0 - $14,999 $678.00 (GST included)
    $15,000 - $39,999 $906.50 (GST included)
    $40,000 and over Please call Council on 5755 0555

        b. Domestic Works

    You pay a lodgement fee, a fee that depends on the nature of the project and total cost of the works, and a state government levy.

    1. The state government levy is $1.28 per $1,000, if the cost of work is more than $10,000
    2. The fees that depend on the cost of the building works are:

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    Type of works Minimum fee
    New dwellings $1250 + GST
    Multi-unit development Call for fee

    Carports, Fences, Verandahs, Patios, Pergolas, Mast and Minor Alterations & Additions or Masts - up to 3 Inspections  <$16000 alterations / additions to Class 1, or 10 building

    $800 + GST

    Garages, Carports, Verandahs, Patios, Pergolas, Sheds etc. - up to 4 inspections $16,001 or greater. alterations / addition to a Class 1, or 10

    $1000 + GST
    Swimming pool (in-ground) $1000 + GST
    Swimming pool (above-ground) $800 + GST
    Restumping or demolition $770 + GST
    Dwelling extensions / alterations $793 + GST

    Fee exclusions

    • Independent inspections (such as by engineer)
    • Structural assessment and certification
    • Applications for BAB modifications
    • Applications for authority permit / consent (septic, flooding, etc)
    • Compliance Statement (Such as suitability of existing building for subdivision)
    • Reg 126 certificate of compliance for endorsement of fire engineering reports

    Potential further fees for administration / technical services 

    • Staging of permits (per stage) | $750.00  + GST
    • Additional Inspection or Re-Inspections | $232.00 + GST / $316.00 + GST (Remote Areas)
    • Non-mandatory inspection | $232.00 + GST
    • Amendment to Building Permit (Minor) |  $132.00 + GST
    • Amendment to Building Permit (Major) | $264.00  + GST
    • Extension of Time for Building Permit | $264.00  + GST
    • Performance solutions - amenity matter (per item) | $350.00  + GST
    • Performance solutions - access matter (per item) | $500.00  + GST
    • Performance solutions - fire safety matter (per item) | $650.00  + GST
    • Partial compliance Exemption - amenity matter (per item) | $300.00  + GST
    • Partial compliance Exemption - access matter (per item) | $450.00  + GST
    • Partial compliance Exemption - fire safety matter (per item) | $550.00  + GST
  • Where do I find Bushfire Attack Level information?

    The residential building standard for bushfire protection aims to improve the ability of a building to withstand a bushfire attack. This provides greater protection for the occupants who may be sheltering inside while the fire front passes.

    The BAL takes into consideration a number of factors, including the Fire Danger Index, the slope of the land, types of surrounding vegetation and its proximity to any building.

    Learn more online at the Victorian Building Authority here.

    Access the VBA's Bushfire Attack Level Assessment Report Form here.

  • Which regulations apply to building?

    There are many standards and regulations that apply to building. Some are listed here.

    Installing or Changing a Septic Tank

    You need a permit to install or change a septic tank. Apply for this permit.

    Building on Stormwater Drainage

    Council is responsible for stormwater drainage, and creates easements on private land to connect the network. This means you cannot build on a drainage easement. You are allowed to build light structures, such as chicken coops or cubby houses, but these may need to be removed for work on the drainage system. Council will not pay for their replacement.

    Other Building Regulations and Standards

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