• aa building permit.jpg
  • building permit melbourne 1.jpg
  • building permit victoria.jpg
  • building surveyor melbourne a.jpg
  • z building surveyor.jpg

Building Permits

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

Enquiries welcome

Outdoor Residential Building Projects

Why is a Building Permit needed?

Apart from the obvious reason of safety, Building Permits are required for consistency in construction quality, public health and safety, and to make for an easier property valuation. It is of the utmost importance that buildings are constructed under strict guidelines as improperly wired, constructed or plumbed buildings can lead to very dangerous and high risk situations.

When do I need a Building Permit?

Different states and municipalities have different requirements when a Building Permit is required. Prior to commencing any building work, a Building Permit must be granted to ensure that the work about to take place meets the standardised requirements and regulations of said state or municipality. That being said, they are almost always required for new buildings, demolitions and alterations. This includes but is not limited to:

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

Indifferent to the construction of any other building in Victoria, the construction and planned development of outdoor building projects will often require a Building Permit. These include but are not limited to:


A shed permit may be required for the construction of a shed/garage (Class 10a building) if any one of the following applies:

  • More than 2.4m in height, or
  • Larger than 10m2 in area, or
  • Closer than 1m to a boundary, or
  • Attached to another building or structure

Garage & Carport 

In Victoria, a Building Permit may be required for construction of a garage/carport if it is:

  • More than 2.4m in height, or
  • Larger than 10m2 in area, or
  • Closer than 1m to a boundary, or
  • Attached to another building or structure

Pergolas & Gazebos

Most Verandahs and Pergolas (unroofed structure) will require a Building Permit however there are instances where a Building Permit may not be required if certain criteria are met. Please contact our friendly staff today to find out if your Verandah or Pergola requires a Building Permit.

Swimming Pools & Spa

A pool permit is required for all swimming pools, spas and safety barriers (including barriers for above ground pools & inflatable pools greater than 300mm in depth), before construction or installation work can commence.

The standard criteria and requirements for swimming pool fencing generally across Australia
consist of:

  • The minimum pool fencing height must be 1200mm
  • A minimum of 900mm must be kept from the top of the fence to climbable objects such as trees, pergolas, plants, furniture, etc.
  • Gaps in the fencing must be no larger than 100mm
  • Pool gates must be self closing and swing away from the pool
  • Pool gate latches must be mounted facing towards the pool

In addition to pool and spa structures themselves, it is also important to consider the set requirements and regulations for pool fences, where prior to commencing the construction of any swimming pool, need to be undergone in order to promote safety and increase functionality. While pool fence regulations vary depending on which state in Australia, Victoria must adhere to the current Australian Standard AS1926.1.


For more information on Building Permits, please visit our FAQ. Or click here to apply with Nicholson Wright.