Logo
Skip Links

When do I need a Building Permit?

If you are thinking about building or renovating, you may require a building permit.

When do I need a Building Permit?

If you are thinking about building or renovating, you may require a building permit.

Please note Mount Alexander Shire Council does not issue building permits. Please contact your local building surveyor to arrange a permit.

Regardless of the cost or size of works, a building permit is generally required for the following:
• construction of new buildings (including sheds and garages)
• alterations and additions to existing buildings
• decks and balconies
• verandahs, shade sails and certain pergolas
• changes of use to buildings
• swimming pools, spas and associated safety barriers (including alterations to existing barriers)
• shop fit outs
• fences
• demolition of existing buildings (or part thereof)

Exemptions to building permits

The Victorian Building Regulations offer exemptions for building permits in some circumstances. For more information on building permit exemptions, view the Victorian Building Authority Practice Note 32: When is a building permit required? PDF (337 KB)

What’s the difference between a planning and a building permit?

Planning permits and building permits are different levels of approval. You made need one or both, depending on the work you are carrying out.

A Planning Permit is for the use and development of land under the Mount Alexander Planning Scheme.

A Building Permit relates to the construction of a building only under the Building Regulations.

If you require both approvals, you must obtain the planning permit prior to the building permit. A planning permit on its own does not authorize permission to commence building.

It is suggested that you contact both Council’s Building and Planning Departments to determine which permit you require.

If you are still unsure whether you require a building permit, you may contact Council’s Building Services on 03 5470 1700, or email building@mountalexander.vic.gov.au

Powered by