Do I need a building permit?

A building permit is required for most building works. Never start building without checking whether you have the required permits. 

VBA website - Owner builder FAQs   VBA website - The difference between planning and building permits 

This Victorian Building Authority (VBA) document outlines whether you do or don't need a building permit for works including: 

  • additions
  • alterations
  • carports
  • decks
  • fences
  • garages
  • hail netting
  • masts/antennas/satellite dishes
  • re-blocking
  • retaining walls
  • roofing
  • sheds associated with a single dwelling
  • real estate signs
  • swimming pools and spas
  • verandahs
  • windows
  • wood heaters

If, after reading this info you still need advice, please call our Building team on 1300 787 624

Note that although a building permit may not be required, a planning permit or other authority approval may still be needed.


If you find you do need to apply for a building permit, this page has info on how to apply for a building permit