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Building Permits

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Building Permits Guide for Homeowners

When is a Building Permit required?

A Building Permit is required for most building works including but not limited to:

  • New construction
  • Structural alterations and repairs
  • Additions to existing structures
  • Alterations that change the use, size or height of a building
  • Retaining walls and fences

You can apply for a Building Permit after your plans and structural details are completed.

What is the average cost of a building permit?

For small construction projects, the cost of a building permit is typically between $500 and $1,000, and up to $2,000 for dwellings. It’s important to note that the cost of a building permit is determined by the size and scope of the building works.

Prices can also vary depending on location, renovations, additions, and high risk projects such as electrical. Permits for all building projects are required for state and local authorities to ensure that the safety guidelines comply with building codes.

How long does it take to get a building permit in Victoria?

Building permits are usually issued within 5 working days for small projects and within 10 working days for large projects. Very large or complex jobs may take longer than this, in which case the Surveyor will notify you and do their best to work within the timeframe given. 

Can you get a building permit after the work is done?

A building permit can only be issued once a building permit number has been acquired and the building levy has been paid. A building permit cannot be issued by a building surveyor until the appropriate consent and reporting has been received.

What happens if I get caught without a permit?

The consequences of performing construction work without a building permit can result in a penalty fine of more than $75,000, or more depending on various factors of the structure and location itself. 

It is illegal to carry out work on a building or structure without a permit, where by doing so without first obtaining a permit, will find you guilty of defying the law speculated in the Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2006, strictly prohibiting individuals from performing construction work without a building permit. 

Can you sell a house with unpermitted work?

‘Unpermitted work’ essentially entails any modifications or inclusions made to a space that did not acquire the required permit when doing so. This often includes work done with plumbing, electrical, and structural.  

Though sellers do not necessarily need to admit that unpermitted work has been done to the home, sellers are required to answer any potential buyers’ questions honestly. Lack of disclosure for any unpermitted work may result in a lawsuit, whereby it is always suggested to ensure that the buyer is fully aware of any modifications made to the home prior to purchasing. 


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