All building work requires a building permit unless it is exempt. Exemption are listed under Schedule 3 of the Building Regulations 2018.
Any building work which involves work to structural or load-bearing elements of an existing building, regardless of cost, will require a building permit. Such permits are required to ensure a construction complies with the Building Act 1993, Building Regulations 2018 and the National Construction Code. A building permit is required for most building works or change of use of an existing building. You may need a building permit for a new build, extension, alteration, change of use, fence or retaining wall. Planning permits are different.
A Building Permit is required before any work can begin.
Always speak to Council’s Building Services Department before commencing works to ensure you have the required approvals in place. Call (03) 5348 2306 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check below for the types of works that require building permits. Once you have determined whether you need a building permit you can apply online.
Additions to a dwelling or any other building
Structural alterations to a dwelling or any other building; or
Removal of or alteration to a load-bearing part or a part contributing to the support of a building. (e.g. a wall supporting a ceiling and/or roof propping or required for bracing the structure against wind or movement).
Alterations to a building, if the building work:
e.g. Remodeling of a bathroom or kitchen, replacement of internal wall and ceiling linings and replacement of external wall cladding (like for like) that does not include structural alterations
NOTE: A Building Permit is required if the proposed works do not meet the above criteria
No, however check with a registered building surveyor for confirmation
Change of Use
Changing the use of a building from one class to another (i.e. shed to a dwelling)
Attached to a building irrespective of size or forming part of a swimming pool surround
Detached timber deck constructed as part of the amenity of a dwelling
Removal, demolition or CFA burn of a building to remove it from site
Construction of Dwelling
Note:A pergola is defined in regulation 5 to mean an open structure that is unroofed but may have a covering of open weave permeable material.
Construction of pergola that
Re-Erection of an existing dwelling
Repair, renewal or maintenance of a part of an existing building, if the building work:
Re-blocking, restumping or underpinning of an existing building (including partial)
Construction on or near site boundaries where there is a risk of damage to adjoining properties; or
Construction of a retaining wall 1m or more in height
Replacement of corrugated iron roofing with concrete or terracotta roofing tiles; or
Replacement of concrete or terracotta roofing tiles with corrugated iron roofing.; or
Replacement of corrugated iron roofing with another pre-finished metal sheeting which requires the installation of structural battens
Replacement of windows with similar type windows, where not structural alterations are required
Construction of Carport
Carport attached to (or physically sited beside) another building
Children's timber or plastic cubby or play house if:
Demolition/Removal of a freestanding Class 10a building that:
NewBuilding (over 10m2)
New Shed/Garage/Carport more than 10m2in area
New Building (10m2or under)
New Shed/Garage/Carport if the proposed works are:
Note: Report and Consent may be required if the building is proposed to be constructed over an easement
Find out how to register your pool or spa with Council.
Above Ground Pool
Construction of a swimming pool or spa greater than 300mm in depth
Yes, must include safety barrier
Inflatable or Temporary Pool
A relocatable swimming pool that is erected temporarily in an area enclosed by an approved safety barrier
No, however Permit for safety barrier required
Safety Barrier (new)
Safety Barrier constructed around pools or spas that can contain over 300mm in depth of water
Safety Barrier (alterations)
Alterations to an existing safety barrier
Installation of spa
Adding additional space to a building
Changing use of a building from one Class to another (i.e. shop to an office or restaurant, dwelling to a shop or office)
Construction of a new commercial premises
More than 1m above ground level and within 3m of a street alignment; or
More than 8m above ground level and more than 6m2in display area
Visit our fencing page for more information about building a fence in Hepburn Shire.
Construction of a fence over 1m in height and within 9m of a point of intersection of street alignments
Front Fence (Declared Road)
Construction of front fence on a declared road over 2m in height
Yes, see VicRoads map of declared roads
Front Fence (Light Weight - Picket, Colorbond, Etc.)
Construction of fence over 1.5m in height when within 3m ofa street alignment and which is not constructed of masonry, concrete or similar material
Front Fence (Solid - Brick, Concrete, Etc.)
Construction of fence over1.2m in height when within 3m of a street alignment and which is constructed of masonry, concrete or similar material
Side or RearBoundary Fence (over 2m)
Construction of a side or boundary fence more than 2m high
Fence containing barbed wire adjacent to a street alignment
Tennis Court Fence
Construction of a chain wire tennis court fence
No, if contained within the property boundary
Construction of a bushfire shelter
Mast/Pole/Antenna (attached to building)
Installation of mast, pole, antenna, aerial,or similar Class 10b structure attached to a building with heightexceeding 3m above the highest point of the attachment to the building
Mast/Pole/Antenna (on ground)
Installation of mast, pole, antenna, aerial or similar Class10b structure not attached to a building and with height exceeding 8m above ground level
Note: A pergola is defined in regulation 5 to mean an open structure that is unroofed but may have a covering of open weave permeable material.
Construction on or near site boundaries where there is a risk of damage to adjoining property; or
Construction of a retaining wall less than 1m and:
Installation of shade sail over 20m2 or located within the front setback
Solid Fuel or Wood Heater
Installation of a wood heater (solid fuel burning appliance)
No, however installation must be undertaken by a licensed plumber
Construction of a verandah attached to any building
To discuss your proposal and determine whether you need a building permit, contact Council’s Building Department. Phone (03) 5348 2306 or email email@example.com.