How to apply for a building permit

You need a building permit before you start 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
  • constructions 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, please contact us before starting any works.

Speak to a building surveyor

Talk to an independent building surveyor.

The building surveyor will tell you if you if a permit is required, and will submit your application.

Why you should get 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.