Enquire about neighbourhood building works

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

Concerns about building works

We can help you work out if there's a current permit for building works occurring in your area and also investigate certain types of building breach.

We are able to investigate the following types of breaches on existing or new builds:

  • Buildings that are being constructed without the correct permits
  • Buildings that present a danger by being structurally unsound or fire damaged
  • Demolition of a building without a permit, but neighbours do not need to be notified when a demolition is about occur
  • Buildings being used illegally as a rooming / boarding houses
  • Buildings that are not maintained in regards to their essential safety measures, which includes items like:
    • exit and fire doors
    • smoke alarms
    • fire safety equipment

For urgent safety issues, such as buildings that are presenting an immediate risk to the public call:

Monday to Friday 8.30am—5pm

Building Department
Phone: 03 8470 8899

All other times

Urgent after-hours
Phone: 03 8470 8889

Unsafe work practices on a building site should be reported to:

Worksafe Victoria
Phone: 1800 136 089

Who is responsible?

If there is a building permit in place for a site, then the relevant building surveyor or RBS (also known as the private building surveyor or PBS) will have issued this document. The RBS is responsible for regulating the site and ensuring that the building works comply with the Building Act and Regulations.

If you have concerns about building works, then the relevant building surveyor is the first person to speak to. This person should have their name and contact details listed on signage at the front of the property. If you cannot find this information, then we can provide it to you.

In the unlikely event of a non-resolution, the matter may be escalated to the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) for investigation.

More information

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