Council is responsible for the administration of Building Control functions under various Regulations and Acts that ensure buildings meet relevant building and safety standards for owners, occupiers and the general public.
These functions include:
Issuing of Building Permits and the undertaking of mandatory building inspections
Enforcement associated with complaints and safety issues
Distribution of advisory building information
Inspection and reports regarding swimming pool fencing and maintenance of essential fire services for commercial/industrial and supported residential buildings.
Building applications are required for new buildings, removal of homes, demolitions, alterations and additions to existing buildings, sheds, roofed patios and roofed pergolas.
Minor buildings such as garden sheds which are not attached to a house and have a floor area of 10 square metres or less do not require a building permit, however must comply with the Standard Building Regulations.
The buildings must:
be structurally sound (designed by a registered Engineer or other registered Building Practitioner)
comply will all relevant Building and Planning regulations,
comply with relevant siting requirements; and be located clear or any easements of the property.
1. Is a Building Permit Required?
Any roofed structures that are attached to another structure will require a building permit.
A building application is required if the swimming pool can be filled with water to a depth of 300mm (30cm) or more. This includes spas and wading pools (portable and fixed). New swimming pools in Victoria now require four-sided pool fencing as the Building Code of Australia 2010 came into effect on 1 May 2010.
2. How long will it take to issue the Building Permit?
Council aims to provide an efficient building permit service for all types of Building Permits. . In addition to the assessment of building permits our team is also responsible for a range of other regulatory actions such as swimming pool inspections Processing times will depend on a number of factors including the nature of the works and the quality of supporting documentation. Private building surveyors may be able to provide a faster service and should be considered before a decision is made to lodge an application with Council.
3. How can I get my Building Permit quickly?
Our Building Service team is committed to providing a quality service to ensure a safer built environment. In order to assist our team in the processing of permits, applicants are encouraged to do the following:
- Ensure that the plans which are submitted with the application are prepared by a registered draftsman or architect.
- Submit full copy of the current land title with the application.
- Complete all sections of the building application form.
- Book building inspections in advance when arranging works with your contractor.
4. What if I am an Owner-Builder?
It is important that Owner Builders are familiar with their responsibilities and liabilities prior to carrying out any building work. Owner Builders are considered by the legal system in Victoria, in the same way as Registered Builders in relation to these responsibilities and liabilities.
For further information or assistance owners / occupiers, builders, architects / draftspersons and associated professionals are encouraged to contact Council's Building Department.