FAQ

Frequently asked questions

When is a building permit required?


You may click HERE to access to the Victorian Building Authority practice note about the following:

  • When is a building permit required?
  • What is building work.
  • Exemptions from building permit requirements.




What is the role of a Building Surveyor ?


The role of the building surveyor, defined on part 6 of the Building Act 1993 and the National Construction Code (NCC) as an Appropriate Authority.

The following is some of the statutory role of a Building Surveyor in Victoria:

1. Issuing of building permits.

2. Carrying out inspections.

3. Issuing of occupancy permits.

Also, they are the authority to determine if a method of construction satisfies the relevant Performance Requirement identified in the National Construction Code.

Please note that the role of a building surveyor who is appointed for a building permit is not the same as the role of an appropriately qualified person (e.g. structural engineer). The role of a relevant building surveyor (RBS) is not to produce an evidence of suitability that is required as part of the Documentation of Design and Construction identified on part A5 of the NCC.




Do I need a building permit if I am removing an internal load-bearing wall?


Yes, removal or alteration of any element of a building contributing to the support of any other element of the building is not exempt from building permit requirements.




What are the mandatory building inspections during construction?


You may click HERE to access to the Victorian Building Authority practice note about the mandatory building inspections during construction.




Can a Building Permit issued Prior to Registration of Plans of Subdivision


You may click HERE to access to the Victorian Building Authority practice note about the following:

  • Building permit prior to registration of plan of subdivision
  • Difference between certified and registered plan of subdivision
  • What is the subdivision process
  • What can form as an evidence of ownership of an allotment




Can a building permit be issued if there is consistency between building permit documents and planning approval?


As required on s.24 (d) of the Building Act 1993, the relevant building surveyor must not issue a building permit unless he or she is satisfied that the building permit will be consistent with that planning permit or other prescribed approval.




What are the time limits for building work subject to a building permit?


You may click HERE to access to the Victorian Building Authority practice note about the time limits for building work and lapsed building permits.




What is the effect of an occupancy permit?


An occupancy permit is evidence that the building or part of a building to which the permit applies is suitable for occupation. You may click HERE to access to the Victorian Building Authority practice note about the occupancy permit process.




When do we need to obtain a report and consent from another authorities?


You may click HERE to access to the Victorian Building Authority practice note about the requirements for report and consent in specific where building work may affect siting, assets or infrastructure of service authorities.




What are the limitations and specifications of builders?


You may click HERE to access to the Victorian Building Authority practice note about the limitations and specifications of builders.




What are the requirements for a demolition permit?


You may click HERE to access to the Victorian Building Authority practice note about the requiremnts for a demolition permit also you can click HERE to access to the Victorian Building Authority practice note about who can undertake a demolition work.




What are the requiremnts for energy efficiency?


You may click HERE to access to the Victorian Building Authority practice note about Building Energy Analysis for Commercial Buildings. You may click HERE to access to the Victorian Building Authority practice note about Building Energy requirements for existing cass 2-9 Buildings. You may click HERE to access to the Victorian Building Authority practice note about building energy requirements for new residential buildings. You may click HERE to access to the Victorian Building Authority practice note about building energy requirements for alterations to existing dwelling.




What is an evidance of suitability?


You may click HERE to access to the hand book by the Australian Building Codes Board about evidance of suitability.