What is a building permit?
The primary purpose of a building permit is to protect the safety of users and occupants by ensuring buildings comply with local standards.
You will require a building permit before undertaking almost any building or demolition work. A permit confirms that a building surveyor has approved your plans and documents before your project begins.
If you are planning to build, extend or demolish, you need to understand your responsibilities. We will work with you to ensure your work is compliant and that it meets safety and building standards.
How do I apply for a building permit?
Since the introduction of the Building Reforms 2019 which commenced on 1/7/2019, the way a building permit is issued has altered slightly. Council can still issue you with a building permit, although the internal process has changed and all building permit applications submitted to council, or any other Relevant Building Surveyor, now need to be sent to the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) for a permit number to be issued. The VBA levy will now need to be paid to the VBA, by the nominated levy payer, prior to the permit being issued. This is now a statewide process and is likely to slow down the time to process applications. However, we will endeavour to make this new process as smooth as possible but this will also depend on the information supplied with the application and the payment of the levy to the VBA.
Our professional, qualified and experienced staff can provide you with reliable and accurate advice through their knowledge of regulations and awareness of local building issues.
For further information on the new changes please go to the VBA website https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/building/bams/faqs Then “Building permit applications”
You may also apply for a building permit from a private building surveyor. You can find a building surveyor through the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors or the Victorian Building Authority.