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.