A Building Permit is a legal document issued before construction begins to make sure the building work meets minimum standards for builders and occupants.
The permit includes important information about building inspections.
As the property owner, you may choose who you appoint to issue your Building Permit:
- your local council, or
- a private building surveyor.
The City of Boroondara Council offers a statewide Building Permit service. When you apply for a Building Permit with us, you'll get the benefit of local knowledge and a full permit and inspection service.
If you are unsure if you need a Building Permit for your project, read our Do I need a permit? page.
Apply for a Building Permit
Stage 1: Before you begin
Before you prepare your application, we recommend you consult:
- an architect or draftsperson for building design advice
- a building surveyor for technical advice, where required.
Consulting an expert helps make sure your design meets building legislation and makes it easier to obtain the documentation you need for your Building Permit application.
Stage 2: Prepare the supporting documentation
1. Complete the Application for a Building Permit. Include the approximate costs of the works.
2. Provide the following essential items for the application:
Architectural and structural drawings
1 copy of each of the following:
For detailed information about each of these items, see our architectural drawing guidelines.
Copy of the Land Title and (where applicable) an approved plan of the Subdivision
Apply for these items using the Landata website.
When you view title details, take note of any Section 173 agreements and existing covenants. You'll need to include this information when you apply for the Building Permit.
If the title includes Memorandum of Common Provisions (MCP) details, you should supply a copy of the MCP. For more information about MCPs, contact the Titles Office.
3. Depending on your project circumstances, provide the relevant supporting information.
If you submit the application and there is something missing, we'll contact you to let you know what you still need to provide.
Stage 3: Lodge the application
Lodge the form and supporting documentation with Council:
Because we generally make contact by email, it's important to provide us with your email address.
Call the Building Services team on 9278 4999 for more information on Building Permit fees. These fees vary depending on the total cost of building work.
Note that you need to pay a lodgement fee of $123.70 for any Building Permit application, irrespective of the value of the building works.
Additional fees apply for owner-builders.
Stage 4: Respond to any requests for more information
We aim to assess Building Permit applications within 10 working days. The response often includes a request for more information.
We assess any further information you submit within 10 working days of receiving it, and contact you again if anything is still required.
Stage 5: Building Services assesses the application
Once you've submitted all the required items, we assess the application to ensure it meets various regulations, including the Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2018.
Stage 6: Receive the Building Permit
If we determine that your application meets the required standards, we'll send you your Building Permit and endorsed drawings.
The Building Permit includes information about mandatory inspections required throughout building works.
Stage 7: Confirm other permits are granted
Under some circumstances, you may need a Tree Protection Local Law Permit, Vehicular Crossover Permit, Asset Protection Permit or Road or Footpath Occupancy Permit. You may also need Report and Consent or a Planning Permit.
Make sure you have all the permits you need before you start building.
Stage 8: Start building
Begin the construction work.
Stage 9: Arrange the first building inspection
Contact Building Services to arrange your first building inspection. The Building Permit contains instructions on how and when to do this.
Stage 10: Read the Building Inspection Report
The building inspector performs a mandatory inspection to make sure that all work is completed in accordance with the permit.
After the inspection, you'll receive either an approval or a Direction to Fix. If you receive a Direction to Fix, it's important to attend to the items listed within the required timeframe.
Mandatory inspections continue until the work is completed and complies to building legislation.
Stage 11: Prepare for the final inspection and occupancy inspection
Before the last inspection, you may need to submit an Application for an Occupancy Permit. This allows you to occupy the building after work is completed and approved.
The Building Permit provides instructions about whether to apply for an Occupancy Permit.
Stage 12: Finalisation
After the work is complete and Building Services has approved the work, Building Services:
- provides a Certificate of Final Inspection, or
- issues a Certificate of Occupancy.
Use the Building Permit checklist to keep track of the items you need for your application.
Some businesses will require multiple Council permits. Contact Boroondara’s Business Support Service (BSS) for assistance to determine what other permits you might need.