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Building Permits and Plans

Building permits are required for most types of building works.

You can find out when a building permit is required by visiting the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) website.

Building Permits can be obtained through a private Building Surveyor. You can search for your local Building Surveyor or find out when a Building Permit is required on the VBA website.

If you have any questions please contact our Building Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.

Asset Protection Permit

Any building works that need a building permit must apply get an Asset Protection Permit (APP) before any work starts.

Why is an APP required?

APPs reduce the amount of damage being caused to valuable infrastructure assets during building works. These assets include footpaths, nature strips, kerbs and channels and stormwater pits.

If damage occurs to Council assets the cost of repairs will be paid for by the offending property owner or principal contractor, not the ratepayers. The APP is also a mechanism to ensure that the property owner or principal contractor is not held liable for pre-existing damage to assets fronting and adjoining the site prior to the commencement of building works.

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When should an APP be obtained?

Any building works needing a building permit must obtain APP prior to the works starting.

What to I need to pay?

The current Application fee is $223.50.

A Security Bond of between $1000 and $5000 are required to be paid, subject to the location and scope of the building works. This will be determined during the online application.

What happens after the building works are completed?

You will need to update your application online with a 'works complete date'. This will trigger an inspection by Council's Asset Protection Officer to determine if any damage has occurred to Council assets during the building works.

Where assets have been protected or restored to Council’s satisfaction the Security Bond (if applicable) will be refunded in full.

What happens if damage is caused during the building works?

All damage occurring during the building works is to be reinstated to Council’s satisfaction at the permit holder’s expense within 14 days.

Should the permit holder fail to complete the reinstatement work within the time specified, Council may undertake the necessary works and recover the costs from the bond or permit holder.

What are the consequences if an APP is not applied for?

The property owner or his agent may be liable for:

Are there any exemptions?

If the building works are of a minor nature and will not impact on Council assets, an application in writing to Council’s Asset Protection Officer for an exemption for an APP must be made before any building works are started.

For further information please contact Council’s Asset Protection Officer on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 or email

Garage, shed, verandah, pergola or deck

If you are proposing to construct a garage, shed, verandah, pergola or deck, the following Building Permit Guide (PDF 105kb) lists the requirements for a permit application.

Swimming Pools and Spas

A building permit is needed to install a swimming pool or spa, and in some cases you may need also need a planning permit. Safety barriers such as fences and gates must meet the Building Code of Australia as a safety barrier.

All swimming pools and spas capable of containing a depth of water exceeding 300mm (30cm) must have suitable child resistant safety barriers.

More information on pool safety barriers is available on the Victorian Building Authority website.


The demolition or removal of dwellings, sheds and structures from your property may require a building permit. You may also require a Demolition Form A which is available below.

For more information or assistance, please contact our Process Officers on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.

Building over an easement

If the proposed location of a building structure (for example a fence, shed, garage, pergola, dwelling, office, shop or factory) is over a draining or sewerage easement, or both, you are required to make an application to Council under regulation 310 of the Building Interim Regulations 2017.

For more information or assistance, please contact our Process Officers on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.

Building Plans and Property Enquiry

House and Building Plans

Copies of house or building plans may be available on request. Note that plans can only be released to the owner, or a person with the owner's consent.

Searches will generally be processed within 30 days of your application and a fee will apply. Please be aware that the fee covers a search only and due to the age of some documentation and previous practices we cannot guarantee information or results. A partial refund may apply if the search is unsuccessful.

Property Enquiries

You can request information about a property including building permit details for the last 10 years; flood prone areas, bushfire prone area, termite prone area; and inspection approval dates of the mandatory notification stages for building work. Fees apply for these searches.

If you have any questions please contact our Building Services team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.

Forms you may need