Generally speaking, you'll need a building permit if you want to build, extend or modify the use of a building.
Permit applications are assessed and issued by Council's municipal building surveyor, who also:
- administers the Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2006 (which govern building in Victoria)
- provides advice on what's required under the legislation
- inspects construction of new buildings, fences and swimming pools, demolition of buildings and additions and renovations to buildings
- enforces legislation by issuing building notices, building orders and emergency orders where necessary.
Applying for a permit
The application checklist below outlines what you'll need to lodge your building permit application. Fees will depend on the cost of the works and what type of construction you're planning to build. We can provide a quote on request, which will be valid for sixty days from the application date.
Our Building Services Department reserves the right to review fees and make necessary adjustments during the assessment of the building application. Fees are due when the application is lodged.
We recommend you make an appointment with our Building Services department to discuss the process and submit an application.
You can contact them on 1300 365 222 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Other permits required
You may need other permits before we can issue you a building permit. Chat with us to make sure you have all the required information before you lodge your application.
2. Owner builder consent
From 1 September 2016, landowners who want to do domestic building work valued at over $16,000 on a single dwelling must provide a certificate of consent to the building surveyor.
Owner-builders must obtain a copy of the Building Commission's Owner-Builder Information and Education Kit. Copies are available at Council service centres in Tallangatta and Corryong.
3. Bushfire attack level assessment
You may need to complete a Bushfire Attack Level Assessment report. The aim of this assessment is to ensure occupants are protected in the event of a bushfire. Find out more on the Victorian Building Authority website.
4. Energy efficiency
All new homes and some renovations, alterations and additions must comply with the energy efficiency requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Volume Two.
These requirements aim to reduce the environmental impacts of energy consumption and water usage. They include a wide range of factors, such as insulation, external glazing, sealing, services and ventilation.
There are several options for complying with the energy efficiency requirements of the BCA, including:
- Meeting a 6-star energy rating along with certain prescriptive BCA requirements, such as sealing and services
- Following all of the prescriptive BCA requirements
- Developing another solution by engaging an expert in energy efficiency.
Find out more on the Victorian Building Authority website.
5. Plans of building
You must provide three copies of drawings showing the plan at each floor level, elevations, sections, dimensions, and the sizes and locations of structural members, to scale of not less than 1:100.
- bracing plan(s)
- tie down and fixing plans
- special area assessment (if applicable e.g. bushfire, termite or flood prone)
- siting assessment
- truss computations and design (if applicable and when received from manufacturer)
- structural plans and Form 11 Certificate of Compliance - Design.
If applicable, you must provide three copies of the specifications of materials and other descriptive matters not shown on the plans.
7. Site plan/allotment plan
You must provide three copies of your site plan, showing:
- boundaries and dimensions of the allotment
- site cut
- retaining walls
- method of drainage.
8. Copy of title/plan of subdivision
This must include block dimensions, easements, ownership, covenants and development control plans.
9. Soil tests
A foundation soil report is required in accordance with AS2870.
10. Homeowner's warranty
A homeowner's warranty must be provided where domestic works by a registered practitioner are worth more than $12,000.
11. Agent's authority
If the applicant isn't the owner, the applicant must obtain the owner's written consent to apply for a building permit on their behalf. The applicant is responsible for the settlement of all applicable fees incurred.
12. Protection of adjoining property
Protection of any adjoining property is applicable where the construction or site cut adjoins or affects the boundary. Please speak to our Building Services Department for further information.
13. North East Region Water Authority
Water main connection applications must be done in person when booking the water tapping.
Seek approval from the relevant authority to construct over the easement.