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Apply for a building permit

Apply for a building permit

Step 1

Prepare all supporting documentation listed in the relevant checklist.

Supporting documentation checklists

Use these guides to determine what documentation you need for your building permit application.

These checklists are only a guide. If you are still unsure what is required to submit an application, contact the Building Department on 03 5734 6200, or email

You must submit this information for our approval before starting any work.

Step 2

Download and complete the Building Permit Application Form.

Step 3

Return all documents to any of our Customer and Library Service Centres or the Wallan Planning and Building Services Office and pay the relevant fees in person; or email your documents to and an officer will call you to take payment over the phone.

Building permits can take up to 14 days to process.

BAMS and Building Permit Numbers

The Victorian Building Authority manages a Building Activity Management System (BAMS), which is used to issue building permit numbers to building surveyors and collecting the state government levy for building permits where the cost of works is over $10,000.

Under the current building permit system in Victoria, a separate invoice will be sent to you by the Victorian Building Authority under the BAMS where the cost of works is over $10,000. A permit number will be issued upon payment of that invoice, however your permit will not be issued until we are satisfied that all relevant administrative and legislative requirements have been met. Further information can be found on the Victorian Building Authority website.

What if my building permit application is refused?

If Council refuses your application for a building permit, you have the right to appeal a decision to the Building Appeals Board. Visit the Building Appeals website for information on how to lodge an appeal.

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This page was last updated on 6 May 2021.

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