Building permits are required for most building works including extensions, alterations, verandahs, roofed pergolas, carports, garages, sheds, restumps, swimming pools, spas and some fences. Permits are required irrespective of cost or size of building work and very few exemptions are allowed by the Building Regulations. More information can be found on the document when is a building permit required published by the Victorian Building Authority. Depending on your project a planning permit and other council approvals may also be required. If you have any questions about your building permit obligations or your building project you can contact a member of Latrobe City’s Building Services team for advice.
Latrobe City actively investigates and pursues legal action against owners and persons responsible for illegal building work. Commencing building work without a building permit is a serious offence and can result in severe penalties. Under the Building Act penalties of up to $70,000 for individuals and $350,000 for corporations can apply for single offences.
You may need to engage Professional Consultants to prepare your design documentation. This will then need to be presented to your chosen private building surveyor along with an application for a building permit. This documentation will need to include items such as a copy of title, warranty particulars, site plan, floor plan, elevations, sections, engineering computations/reports, soil investigation reports, project specifications, energy efficiency reports and the like depending on the size and complexity of your project. The building surveyor will issue the building permit once they are satisfied that the documentation provided and proposed building design complies with the Building Act, Building Regulations and Building Code of Australia. They will also inspect the building and issue a certificate of final inspection or occupancy permit once they are satisfied that the constructed building complies with legislation.
If you plan on undertaking and organising some or all of the work yourself you may also need consent to be an owner builder. More information on building permits and becoming an owner builder can be found by following the links to Victorian government websites below.