Do I need a building permit?

You’ll need a building permit for building work you undertake on most commercial, industrial and residential developments.

This can include the following, regardless of the cost of works:

  • new buildings
  • alterations and additions to current buildings
  • pergolas (roofed), verandahs and shade sails
  • decks and balconies
  • changes to the use of a building
  • minor structures, including garages and sheds
  • demolition of existing buildings
  • swimming pools, spas or safety barriers
  • shop fit outs.

Are there exceptions?

For information on the type of work that may or may not require a building permit, refer to the exemption allowances of the Building Regulations, or check the Building and Planning Permits page at the Victorian Building Authority website.

Will I also need a planning permit?

In some cases, you may need a planning permit in addition to a building permit. 

Visit our Planning page for more information.

Note: If you require a planning permit, a building permit cannot be issued until the planning permit is issued.

Permits for small businesses

If you’re starting, growing or changing a business and you’re not sure what permits you need, our Permit Finder can help. 

Use Permit Finder

Visit our Business permits and regulations page for more information. 

Applying for a building permit

Building permits are issued by building surveyors. You can engage the City of Stonnington’s Municipal Building Surveyor or you can choose a private building surveyor. 

Find out how to apply for a building permit