Under the Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2006, most building projects in Victoria require a building permit. That includes:

  • constructing new buildings
  • altering, making additions to or renovating buildings
  • repairing buildings
  • relocating or demolishing buildings
  • erecting signs, masts, posts and similar items
  • building retaining walls or site cuts
  • altering essential services equipment in buildings.

Under the Act and the Regulations, buildings and building works must be maintained and kept safe for the public and the building occupants.

It’s a good idea to speak with council’s building services team on 5481 2200 before you start work on your project.

What works require a building permit

You don’t always need a building permit for building projects. However, you must make sure they meet regulations

Building permit application checklist

Before you submit a building permit application, we recommend you use this checklist to ensure you have included all the necessary documents and details