Building and renovations

Construction and alteration of structures, including houses, shops, offices and developments and ensuring safe construction practices. 

Building step 1 gather information

The building permit you apply for will depend on what kind of work you're doing. Check out our range of building permit application types.
Council building consent can vary for different things. Find out about what applies to your project.

Building step 2 engage building surveyor

Your building surveyor is a trained building professional and key member of your team and will help you deliver your building project. 
Discover how to find and select a building surveyor and their responsibilities.

Building step 3 building permit application

You can search for different building permit applications via our online building register.
You can lodge your building application and pay your application fee online, in person, or by post. You can also engage a private building surveyor.

If you need to change your building plans, or work taking longer than expected, you must apply for an extension or variation to your permit.

Lodging building documents or requesting information can often be a statutory requirement.

Building step 4 assessment and feedback

Lady reviewing documents on her laptop

Find out about Council assessment and feedback.

Building step 5 engage builder

Find out about your responsibilities as an Owner builder.
Discover what is the role of a registered builder and how to find one.

Building step 6 asset protection

Asset protection involves the protection of council assets from potential damage during building works.
Find out how to get an asset protection bond refund.

Other building works

Are you unsure about the status of a building permit or are concerned about safety on a building site?

Building sites must comply with the law to ensure they minimise disruption to the community.

Do you have concerns with possible combustible cladding on an apartment building that you live in, or are considering purchasing?

If you have water on your property from a neighbouring property, it's a civil matter between you and your neighbour.

Handrails and/or balustrades may be a compulsory part of your building project, with regulations around size and floor levels.
Whether you're a home or commercial property owner, you must ensure that you regularly maintain and inspect your balconies.

Most projects will require a Building Permit before works can commence onsite. This is different to a Planning Permit.

Learn more about the two types of permit.

More information

Building Department
Phone: 03 8470 8899
Email: building@darebin.vic.gov.au