Building permits are the documents that signify that a building surveyor has approved building work prior to its commencement.Â
Download a Building Permit Application below.
In most instances the answer is often yes. Practice Note 32 issued by the Building Commission lists the types of building work that do and do not require a building permit.
Fees for Building Permits are required as part of the application process under the Building Act. These fees are required to be paid at the time of lodgement of the application. There are also associated fees to accompany the application. These are the State Government Levy and the Lodgement Fee.
Information on Fees due is available on application to the Building Department. Please call (03) 5722 0817.
If a Planning permit is issued there must be consistency between the Planning and Building Permits. If the submitted drawings for the Building Permit are different to those that have been endorsed by Planning then an amendment to the Planning Permit must be sought from the Planning Department.
If a Planning Permit is required a Building Permit cannot be issued until the Planning Permit has been issued.Â
Inspections are an important part of the permit process. All new building and renovations for which the building permit has been issued must also have an Occupancy Permit or Certificate of Final Inspection issued before their use.
The following mandatory inspections are required in relation to building permits:
Inspections may be arranged by phoning (03) 5722 0817 during office hours.Â (Please quote building permit number). A minimumof 24 Hours notice is required.
The Building Act 1993 and the Building Regulations 2006 state that building work cannot commence before a building permit can be issued.
The Act prescribes a penalty of up to $10,000 for any work carried out without a building permit.
Owners may also have difficulty selling their properties if details of all the building permits cannot be provided. This may incur considerable costs to have non conforming building works rectified.
Building Permits Lapse in the following situations:
Council's Municipal Building Surveyor may allow an extension of time to commence or complete works covered by a building permit issued by Rural City of Wangaratta, where the building work warrants an extension.
Building permits issued by private building surveyors can only be extended by the private building surveyor.
The commencement or completion periods can only be extended prior to the lapse of the permit.
An application for an extension of time in respect of a Council permit, must include:
Please see attached list at the bottom of the page for a full list of building fees and charges.
Below are a number of information sheets to assist you when applying for a range of different building permits. Further information is also available from the Victorian Building Association (VBA) website which can be accessed by clicking here.