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You will need a Building Permit for building or alteration work on most commercial and industrial developments.
This can include the following, no matter what the overall cost of the work:
Use our Permit Finder if you’re not sure what permits you need.
For more information, contact our Building team at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 03 8290 1333.
If you need a Planning Permit, you will need it before a Building Permit can be issued. We recommend applying for both at the same time.
You can save time by applying for your Food Registration, Health Registration or Accommodation Business Registration while going through the Building Permit process.
You can use Council's Municipal Building Surveyor or a private building surveyor to process an application for a permit. Contact Council's Building team at email@example.com to get a quote for their services.
A private surveyor will have their own process and will let you know what to provide with your application. Please see our FAQs for a list of documents.
If you're using the Council surveyor, follow the next steps.
Download and complete the Building Permit Application Form(DOC, 1MB).
Email your completed form and supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or mail to:
City of Stonnington
PO Box 58
Apply for a building permit number and pay the levy to the Victorian Building Authority (VBA).
You will receive via email or post, an invoice to pay for your permit application. Once your permit is paid for, the surveyors will assess your application within two to three weeks.
You may hear back from our surveyors with conditions or a request for further information or documentation.
If your commercial build is below $100,000, a Building Permit fee will start from $3,300. If the build is over $100,00 the minimum fee is $3,800.
For more details, go to the Building page.
The Building team will review your initial application within two to three weeks. Most applications need further input, information and documentation which adds time to the review process and varies with each application.
To apply for a Building Permit, you may need to provide the following:
Yes. However, without professional help applications often lack the detail and specifications we need to properly assess your application. A surveyor makes sure that your application complies with all Australian standards. Incomplete or insufficient applications can cause significant delays.
When building works are complete, the owner and occupant is responsible for upkeep and maintenance of the building and safety features, known as 'essential safety features'. This requirement applies to all non-dwelling buildings and covers items such as smoke alarms, exit doors and signs, fire extinguishers and sprinkler systems.
For more information, visit the Victorian Building Authority website.
An Occupancy Permit is a document that signifies a building surveyor is satisfied that the completed building work is ready for use. A Building Permit will specify whether you need either an Occupancy Permit or a Certificate of Final Inspection before you move into the building.
Sometimes building works will vary from the building regulations. This is called a Report and Consent and may include these types of works:
For more information, contact our Building team at email@example.com or ask your surveyor. Note that you may need to get the consent of your neighbours as part of this process.
Yes. You may need a Building Permit if you are making changes to an existing building. We recommend contacting our Building team at firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.