Find out why you need a building permit is what it is and when you need to get one.
Why do you need approval?
When you wish to build, you need to ensure that your proposed building is constructed safely and is guided by the following State Government legislation:
- Building Regulations
- Building Act
- National Construction Code and other standards.
It is our role is to ensure your building(s) remains complaint with this legislation.
What is a building permit?
A building permit includes detailed construction drawings and technical documents for proposed building works, practitioner registration and insurance. Your private building surveyor issues you the building permit which they then submit to us for record keeping.
There are times when you will need to present evidence of your building permit, such as when you sell your property. Illegal building works can create significant problems during the sale of a property.
Do you want to be an owner builder?
If the works or a part of the works done cost more than $5000, the person doing the work must be a registered practitioner. Only registered practitioners can get building permits. It is possible to become an owner builder if you meet the right criteria and get the right certifications. Visit the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) to learn how to apply to become an owner builder.