A building permit is required before commencement of most building work. The definition of 'building work' in the legislation includes new buildings, demolition and/or alteration. In many cases the builder or architect/draftsperson obtains the permit on behalf of the property owner.
For information about which work requires a building permit and which does not, we recommend checking the 'building permits' page of the Building Commission's website.
If building work is proposed it is wise to check whether a planning permit from Council's Planning Unit is also required, as a building permit cannot be issued unless any relevant planning permit has been issued.
Building permits are issued by building surveyors. An application for a building permit may be made to the Municipal Building Surveyor (Council's appointed official) or a private building surveyor (a registered person privately appointed by or on behalf of the owner, having no connection with Council).
For a fact sheet containing the information on how to apply for a building permit click here.
How to Apply for a Building Permit
Lodging the Application
In order to obtain a building permit, you are required to:
- Fill out a Building Application Form
- Provide three copies of the following (should be prepared by a registered building practitioner):
- Site plan showing the location of the existing dwelling and the proposed new works, any easements, site boundaries, etc.
- If the works are located on or close to the boundary, also show the outline of the neighbouring house with dimensions from the boundary
- Floor plan detailing length & width of proposed work
- Elevations showing the profile of the proposed building works inc. its height to roof and the way it connects to the existing building.
- A Section detailing material types and sizes, spacing and connection methods
- Details, i.e. footings and framing members.
- Engineers structural drawings and computations. (Please note that the Municipal Building Surveyor may request design certification from the engineer).
The following items may also be required:
- Copy of land title
- A smoke alarm location plan (ensuring the proposed location is within 3m of bedrooms.
- If the application is for domestic works costing more than $12,000 and not constructed by the owner of the property, evidence of Home Warranty Insurance will be required.
- Owner-builder's consent from the Building Practitioners Board if constructing as an owner-builder and cost of works are $12,000 or more
- Energy rating certificate and report.
- Two copies of Soil report
- Two copies of a re-establishment survey plan prepared by a licensed land surveyor.
- Details of any town planning permit and copy of endorsed plans
- Details of any protection of adjoining property before and during building work
- Details of any precautions to protect the safety of the public before and during the building work.
Note: Legislation was introduced in June 2005 with special requirements for the issuing of building permits to owner builders. Owner-builder Regulations
A building application fee is applicable and is determined by type and size of works.
For an approximate quote from the office of the Municipal Building Surveyor please call 9238 1515.
- $34.85 for all works $5,000 for more
- $1.28 cents per $1000 of the cost of work over $10,000
The Building Services Department is located at the Dandenong branch of Council Offices, at 39 Clow Street, Dandenong.
City of Greater Dandenong
PO Box 200
Dandenong VIC 3175
Inspections are conducted Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 4.30pm (out of hours by appointment) and includes:
- Pre-Slab or footing
- Steel or stump hole
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