Do I need a permit?

Planning Permits vs. Building Permits

It is important that you don’t confuse planning permits with building permits.

Planning Permits give you permission to build, develop or use your property for a particular purpose.

Building Permits give you permission to build a type of structure.

In some cases you may need a building permit and a planning permit. In other cases you may only need a planning permit and not a building permit.

For more information, see below: When is a planning permit required? and When is a building permit required? 

When is a planning permit required?

Is a Permit Required?

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Construct or alter a building

Yes

See: Building, renovating or extending

Change the use of a building or land

Yes

Contact our Planning unit on 5422 0333.

Subdivide land

Yes

See: Subdivisions

Clear native vegetation from land

Yes

See: Trees and vegetation

Display certain types of signs

Yes

See: Signs

Liquor licence

Yes

Visit: Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation

Remove or vary a restriction on your land title or property

Yes

See: Planning zones and overlays

If you are unsure if a permit is required, contact our Planning department on (03) 5422 0333.

If you are ready to apply or would like more information, see: Planning Permit application process 

When is a building permit required?

In some cases, a building permit is required if you want to undertake any type of building works on your property. This includes additions, alterations and demolition works. The table below lists common types of works and outlines if you need to apply for a permit before you begin.

Is a Permit Required?

More information

Additions to an existing building

Yes

See: Can I build on this land?

Alterations to an existing building

Yes

See: Permit application process

Decks and balconies

Yes

See: Decks and balconies

Demolition of a building (including outbuildings)

Yes

See: Demolition or Removal

Fence (boundary fence less than 2 metres high)

No

Fence (boundary fence greater than 2 metres high)

Yes

See: Fences

Fence (front yard fence)

Yes (size and height restrictions apply) 

Fence (greater than 1 metre high and within 9 metres of an intersection)

Yes

Garage or carport (free standing)

Yes (size and height restrictions apply)

See: Pergolas, Sheds & Carports

Garage or carport (attached to another building or has a floor area more than 10m2)

Yes

See: Pergolas, Sheds & Carports

Pergola

Yes (size and height restrictions apply)

See: Pergolas, Sheds & Carports

Retaining walls

Yes

See: Retaining Walls

Shed (free standing)

Yes (size and height restrictions apply)

See: Pergolas, Sheds & Carports

Shed (attached to another building or has a floor area more than 10m2)

Yes

See: Pergolas, Sheds & Carports

Signs

Yes

See: Signs

Swimming pools and spas

Yes

See: Pools & Spas

Vegetation Removal (native)

Yes

See: Native Vegetation Removal

Verandah

Yes

See: Pergolas, Sheds & Carports

If you are unsure if a permit is required, contact our Building department on (03) 5422 0333.

If you are ready to apply or would like more information, see: Building Permit application process

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