This guide describes which permits and approvals you need to construct a house that is the only dwelling on a lot (a single dwelling).
You may need a Planning Permit to build a single dwelling. You will need a Building Permit before you begin construction and an Occupancy Permit to occupy the building.
Depending on your circumstances, you may also need a:
- Tree Works Permit
- Road or Footpath Occupancy Permit
- Vehicular Crossing Permit
- Asset Protection Permit
How to use this guide
To help you work out which permits you need, begin at Step 1 and answer the questions one at a time. You may be asked to look at the zone in which you plan to build, overlays that impact your project and the area of your lot.
Contact Statutory Planning or Building Services if you need help with either a Planning or Building Permit.
Before you begin
Before finalising your design:
- Check whether your project involves removing, pruning or carrying out works near a protected tree. You may need a permit for the tree works.
- Check for easements on your property. When an easement is obstructed, it can prevent important maintenance work and block the flow of stormwater. If your plans impact an easement, it may be necessary to modify your plans.
- See if the property is listed under Schedule to Clause 51.01 Specific Sites and Exclusions. If the property is listed, contact Statutory Planning on (03) 9278 4888 to find out about special restrictions and exemptions that apply.
If you plan to knock down an existing dwelling in order to build a new house, you may need a Planning or Building Permit for the demolition works. See our Demolish all or part of a building guide.