You can apply for a Building Permit from Council’s Municipal Building Surveyor or a private building surveyor.

Most Building Permits issued for works in Boroondara are issued by private building surveyors.

Role of private building surveyors

A private building surveyor checks Building Permit applications for compliance with the Building ActBuilding Regulations and the Building Code of Australia.

If the building works don't require a Planning Permit, then a private building surveyor can issue a Building Permit.

The functions of a private building surveyor also include:

  • siting the building, including heights, set backs, overlooking and overshadowing
  • mandatory inspections
  • enforcement action on breaches of the Building Permit that they have issued
  • issuing Occupancy Permits and/or Certificates of Final Inspection.

Council’s role in the safety of private building surveyor projects

When a property owner appoints a private building surveyor to issue a Building Permit, the private building surveyor has the same powers as Council's Municipal Building Surveyor, including the power to take enforcement action where required.

In these cases, Council doesn't get involved in rechecking the approved documents or inspecting the works, unless there is a life safety matter. Life safety matters include dangerous excavations, potentially dangerous brick walls or unprotected swimming pools and spas, which may require serving an Emergency Order under the Building Act.

In extreme circumstances, enforcement action may result in the prosecution of property owners and relevant parties with substantial fines issued by the Magistrates Court.

Further information

For more information, email Building Services or call 9278 4999.

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