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Building FAQ

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

  • 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 at a later stage.

    The cost is $257.50.

  • 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 $118.90 for works that cost $5,000 or more.
    2. 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 - $39,000 $906.50 (GST included)
    $40,000 and over Please call the Building Section

          3. The state government levy is $1.28 per $1,000, if the cost of work is more than $1,000.

     

    b. Domestic Works

    You pay a state government levy and a council fee.

    1. The state government levy is $1.28 per $1,000, if the cost of work is more than $1,000.
    2. The council fees are:
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    Type of works Minimum fee
    Carport, garage, sheds, verandah and small extensions etc. $566.50 (GST included)
    Swimming pool (in-ground) $680 (GST included)
    Swimming pool (above-ground) $453 (GST included)
    Restumping or demolition $770 (GST included) – can vary
    Dwelling extensions/alterations $793 (GST included) – can vary
    New dwellings $1133 (GST included) – can vary
    Multi-unit development Please call for fee structure
    Extension of Time for Building Permit $257
    Place of Public Entertainment (POPE) $453.50
    Amendment to Building Permit: Minor/Major

    Minor: $129

    Major: $257.50

    (GST included)

    Variation to ResCode (Report and Consent) $266.30 each
    Additional Inspection or Re-Inspections $227 (Remote Areas - $309)
    Plan Copy Fees – On Site (within the last 12 years) $35 minimum
    Plan Copy Fees – Off Site $75 minimum
    Individual Copies of Certificate of Final Inspection, Occupancy Permits etc. $35 per copy
    Legal Point of Discharge Information $66.50
    Building Information Certificates $46.10
    Essential service inspection and report $340
    Non-mandatory inspection $227
    Swimming pool inspection $227
  • 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

  • Who pays for a new fence on my property border?

    You and your neighbour are both responsible for the fence. You should therefore speak to your neighbour about cost and appearance before building, repairing or changing a fence. Council can help you if you do not know who the owner of a neighbouring block is.

    If you disagree with your neighbour on fencing, you can go to this website to get advice.

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