What is report and consent?

For some building projects, you'll need to provide us your proposed plans to get a report and consent (special permission) from us when building or making changes.

We have three types of report and consent:

  • proposed buildings or changes that sit outside building regulations - like building a fence higher than what's allowed (siting, design and fences)
  • proposed buildings or changes that are on flood prone land (land liable to flooding)
  • proposed demolishing of a property or changes to a property's facade (section 29A).

These report and consents will form a part of your building permit.

Siting, design and fences report and consent

Any time you wish to build or make a change that sits outside building regulations, you'll need our consent before you begin construction. Some common examples include:

  • wanting to build your front fence higher than what's allowed
  • reducing how far your works can be from your front boundary than what's allowed
  • wanting to build your wall higher on your side boundary than what's allowed.

Not sure if you need to apply? Contact your appointed building surveyor.

How to prepare your application

Before you apply, prepare the following documents:

  • complete the Icon for application/pdf Report and Consent Application Form (369.47 KB)
  • details to verify that the application meets the relevant Minister’s guidelines
  • architectural drawings clearly highlighting areas of non-compliance
  • written submission clearly outlining details of non-compliance
  • a clear current copy of title including a copy of any covenants or section 173 agreements
  • signed plans and comments from affected adjoining owners (if deemed necessary)
  • submission to verify that a front fence request within a GRZ1 zone complies with the street assessment according to the Icon for application/pdf Building Information Sheet - Front Fences GRZ1 (380.04 KB)

How to apply

Once you have prepared the above documents, you can apply online.

Apply now

Need help? Contact us. 

Building on land liable to flooding report and consent

To find out if your property is located in an area liable to flooding within the meaning of Regulation 153 or 154, you'll need to apply for a Regulation 51.2 statement.

If your property is on land liable to flooding, you'll need our consent to build or make changes.

How to prepare your application

Before you apply, prepare the following documents:

  • description of the planned works
  • one set of dimensioned plans drawn to scale showing a site plan, floor plan(s) and elevations. Plans must highlight the areas of non-compliance with the Building Regulations
  • copy of the letter from Melbourne Water stating the flood level for the allotment

How to apply

To start your application, you can apply online.

Apply now

Need help? Contact us.

Apply for Section 29A report and consent

Every time you make a change to your property's facade or demolish a property, you need our consent to confirm your property is not protected under the heritage register - no matter the age of your property.

How to prepare your application

Before you apply, prepare the following documents:

  • copy of title
  • site plan outlining demolition works

How to apply

To start your application, you can apply online or download the Icon for application/pdf 29A Application Form (294.04 KB)

Apply now

Need help? Contact us.

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