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Building Permits

"We're proud to be one of Victoria's longest existing and largest servicing building surveyors with extensive metropolitan and rural coverage."

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Building Surveyors Victoria: What You Need to Know

What is a building surveyor?

In Australia, a Building Surveyor plays a large role in the initial planning and design process of any structure or building. A Building Surveyor’s main task is to ensure that the building or structure complies with the standards outlined in the Building Code of Australia, along with any other relevant Building Acts, legislation and jurisdiction requirements. A Building Surveyor can be either private or municipal, where their main responsibility lays with ensuring that the building or structure they permit is structurally safe, energy efficient and accessible.

How do I choose a good building surveyor?

Things to look out for when searching for a building surveyor include the following;

  • The surveyors’ accreditations to ensure that the surveyors carrying out the work are qualified and have an adequate amount of experience to proceed with the task.

  • The cost is another factor that should be compared in the process of selecting a building surveyor. It’s advised to look out for suspiciously cheaper prices as the use of these surveyors may sometimes result in hidden fees or low quality reports. 

  • When choosing a good surveyor, it’s also important to look into the company’s background and look at their reviews. These often provide a good indicator as to whether the business is legitimate or not.

How much does a building surveyor cost?

A Building Survey’s cost is largely dependent on the size, type of structure and location, and can vary depending on whether the Building Surveyor is private or municipal.

In Victoria, the typical cost for small construction projects lies between $500 and $1,000, and up to $2,000 for dwellings. Similarly to the Building Survey, these prices are determined by the size and scope of the building works.

Can I change building surveyors?

According to the VBA, an application to terminate the appointment of a building surveyor in limited circumstances - find out more about this on the VBA website - here

Why choose Nicholson Wright?

Competitive pricing

We offer very competitive rates for mum and dad customers as well as discounts and credit accounts for established, repeat customers.  In fact, last week we had a new customer query our prices and wanting us to review our quote as we were “too cheap”! 


We pride ourselves on giving concise, friendly advice and offering onsite advice for swimming pools and other such matters.  The office is located in Moorabbin with easy parking and trains within walking distance.  We are advanced with our operating procedures and offer an electronic service for document submission. 

Friendly and personalised advice over the phone and in person

If you are needing a professional assessment of your application, you can lodge it with us and just pay a small deposit and we will complete a full assessment and advise you in writing of any items we need to issue your building permit.  For smaller straight forward jobs like swimming pools, sheds, reblocks and underpins, we can usually assess these within 1-3 working days.  For larger jobs, we aim to assess these within 5-7 working days.  If you need to submit anything for us to issue your permit, we generally can issue these and have them stamped up and posted or emailed out in the next day or two.    


Want to get in touch with one of building surveyors? – Request a quote today

Please submit your contact details and specifics of your project to receive a response from one of our staff. For most quotes, please allow up to 24 hours for a response. Larger projects are typically processed within 48 hours.

If you have not received a response within that time, please do not hesitate to contact us again!