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 about which work requires 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 need a planning permit, as well?

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

You can find out more information in the Planning section of our website

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

What about 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. 

How do I apply for a 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