The Building Act 1993 and the Building Regulations 2006 control building activity work in Victoria. Permits are generally required for most building activity works which include:-
Sufficient time should be allowed for the processing of building permit applications when scheduling proposed starting dates for works projects.
Some buildings and building works of a minor nature are exempt from the requirement to get a permit. The regulations exempt a Class 10a building (eg. garden shed) from having a Building Permit if they have a floor area of not more than 10 square metres, however you must ensure that your building is sited legally, is structurally compliant and has a compliant stormwater drainage system. You are encouraged to seek advice from a Building Surveyor before commencing any work. There are no exemptions for building works having a cost of less than $5,000.
In many cases, before a Building Permit can be issued, a planning permit will be required. A planning permit authorises the development or use of land and includes alteration to existing premises. The Shire Planner can be contacted on 5461 0625 to determine if a planning permit is required or not. If a planning permit is required, you MUST obtain this before the building permit.
The checklists below can be viewed and downloaded which outlines the required supporting documentation which is required by the Building Department when lodging your Building Application form. The Building Application form is also available below for downloading.
Owners who intend to carry out building works of a domestic nature having a cost of more than $16,000 (including the value, labour and materials) must obtain a certificate of consent from the Building Practitioners Board before a permit can be issued.
The Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 requires builders and contractors to provide insurance coverage for works having a cost of $16,000 or more. You are advised to ensure that you obtain your insurance certificate as it is your guarantee against defective building work.
When you fill out a Building Permit application you are required to make a statement about the “cost” or value of the building works. The cost of buildings and building works must include the true or market cost of labour and materials involved in the construction. This estimate must take into account the cost of completing the building, including your own labour, floor slabs, drainage, electrical, plumbing fit-out etc.
Once a Building Permit has been issued the building work is required to be inspected at certain stages. Inspection takes place at the following stages:-
- Prior to placing a footing
- Prior to pouring of concrete
- Completion of framework
- Final, upon completion of all building work
An appointment needs to be made with the Shire Building Department to schedule an inspection and this can be done by contacting the Building Department on 5461 0619 or 5461 0627. All inspections are conducted in the afternoon between 1:30p.m. – 5:00p.m. Monday to Friday.
Office hours for the Building Department are 8:30a.m. – midday Monday to Friday where generally a Building Surveyor will be available in the office to assist customers at the counter or on the phone with building enquiries.
Midday to 5:00p.m. the office is closed due to building inspections, which are carried out by prior arrangement.
Building Services Department
Phone: 03 5461 0619 or 03 5461 0627
Fax: 03 5461 0666
Building Permit Application Form (PDF 24.3 KB)
Checklist - New dwellings/Extensions 2016-17 (PDF 97kb)
Report and Consent application form 2016-17 (PDF 39kb)
Request for demolition form 2016-17 (PDF 15kb)