Building permit process

A building permit certifies the proposed building work complies with minimum standards and relevant building regulations. You cannot start work without a building permit if one is required.

Do I need a building permit?

You need a building permit before you start almost any building work including:

  • external work - extensions, verandas, garages, second storeys etc.
  • internal work - windows or walls to be moved or altered
  • any new building
  • demolition of a building
  • changing the use of a building - from warehouse to dwelling
  • construction of a fence
  • construction of a swimming pool or spa, and associated safety barriers
  • minor structures - carports, roller doors, etc.
  • the installation or alteration of essential safety measures.

If you're not sure if you need a permit, call us on 1300 653 356, email us at or book a virtual appointment with a building officer before starting any works.

You can also view the Victorian Building Authority's (VBA) 'when is a building permit required' practice notes for more information.

Why do I need a building permit?

Under Victorian law, you must have a permit before any building work begins. Some jobs also need a planning permit before a building permit is issued.

Permits ensure:

  • independent review of all building documents
  • key stages of the work are inspected
  • your building is safe and suitable.

If you suspect any illegal building, please contact us.

Who issues building permits?

Building permits are issued by private building surveyors. Council does not issue building permits.

You can search for a private building surveyor on the VBA website and apply for a permit through them.