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Frequently asked questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers available from the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Building Authority which oversees the building control system in Victoria.

When do I need a building permit?

For full details, visit Victorian Building Authority: Practice notes and download the document titled 'When a building permit is required'.

For full details, visit and download the document titled 'When a building permit is required'.

What information might be required for a building permit?

Download the following checklist for full details:

Information required for a building permit (PDF, 45kb)
Information required for a building permit (Text only, 2.4MB)

What are essential safety measures and why must I maintain them?

For full details, visit Victorian Building Authority: Essential safety measures.

What is a report and consent?

For full details, visit Victorian Building Authority: Practice notes and download the document titled 'Report and Consent'.

When do I need to protect the public during construction?

For full details, visit Victorian Building Authority: Practice notes and download the document titled 'Protection of Public'.

Where can I find information regarding protection of adjoining owner?

For full details, visit Victorian Building Authority: Practice notes and download the document titled 'Protection work process'.

What are protection works notices?

For full details, visit Victorian Building Authority: Practice notes and download the document titled 'Protection of Public'.

Where can I find information about being an owner-builder?

For full details, visit Victorian Building Authority: Choosing to be an owner-builder.

How do I find a registered building practitioner?

For full details, visit Victorian Building Authority: Finding a registered building practitioner.

What are the statutory authority levies and how much are they?

For full details, visit Victorian Building Authority: How much is the levy?

What is the Building Appeals Board?

For full details, visit Victorian Building Authority: What you need to know about the BAB.

How do I complain about a registered building practitioner?

For full details, visit Victorian Building Authority: Complaints about building practitioners.

Where can I get more information on accessible housing design?

Visit Building accessible homes for more information.

What is the 6 Star Energy Efficiency Standard?

For full details, visit Victorian Building Authority: 6 Star renovations and relocations.

Further information 

State Government authorities

Legislative documents

Industry oganisations