Information to guide you through the process of applying for a building permit.
Some types of building work do not require a building permit. See When you need a building permit.
You will need copies of the following to obtain a building permit, depending on the work:
Note: We may require further information depending on the project scope - contact us before applying to check.
Once the plans and structural details are complete, and you have all the required documents, you are ready to apply for a building permit.
To apply, you should:
Your application will be assessed by our professional building surveying staff, who will ensure that the proposal complies with Building Act 1993, Building Regulations 2006 and relevant Australian Standards.
If you are building a new residential dwelling or housing development, you must also obtain a Council asset protection permit before construction starts.
Once the building permit is issued, work must begin within 12 months and be completed within 24 months from the date of issue. This time may be extended if you apply to the building surveyor before the permit expires.
Swimming pools/spas and the required barriers must be completed within 6 months of the date of issue.
If you are unable to complete your building work before your building permit expires, you must apply to us for an extension of time while the permit is still active.
If you lodge an extension of time letter after the permit has lapsed, you will be required to apply for a new building permit. This will entail the submission of all documentation including payment of all fees.
The commencement and completion dates are clearly noted on each building permit.
We will only consider an application for an extension of time if you:
If designs need to be changed or alternative materials used during the course of construction, you must first get permission from the building surveyor who issued your building permit.
When we issue your building permit, we will advise in writing which inspections are required. Once you have reached each mandatory stage, you must book an inspection with the City of Whittlesea.
To book, call us on 9217 2259, at least 24 hours before your preferred inspection time. This ensures we can deliver a fair and efficient service to both builders and owners.
Work other than new buildings require a Certificate of Final Inspection. Once we have completed the final inspection, we will issue you with this certificate.
It is illegal to move into your new building without first obtaining an Occupancy Permit.
When applying for an occupancy permit, you must provide us with the following documents to demonstrate that the work completed on your property follows relevant building legislation:
Your occupancy permit will not be issued until we have sighted and copied these certificates.
Once you move in to your new property, you must clearly display your house number. Find out more about displaying your house number.
We will only issue residential or commercial bins for new dwellings/commercial buildings that hold an Occupancy Permit.