Building Permits

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When you are considering a building project, it is advisable to contact the Council Building Surveyor and ask about any Building Permits that may be required.

For further information about local requirements, please contact Building Surveyors:

Greg Jackson
Telephone (03) 5355 0225

Neil Povey
Telephone (03) 5355 0254.

When is a Building Permit required?

The Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 1994 legislate that building work (as defined) must be subject to the issue of a Building Permit prior to starting work.

The Act prescribes a penalty of $10,000 for failing to acquire a Building Permit.

The Building Permit has a very practical purpose. It ensures, among other things, that certain practitioners are registered and carry insurance, that adequate documentation is prepared to correctly construct the building, an independent review of that documentation occurs, key stages of the work are independently inspected and the building is independently assessed as completed and/or suitable for occupation.

A Building Permit provides peace of mind for owner builders and building insurers, and ensures compliance reports are generated. These could be needed if you later choose to sell your property.

The building regulations also reflect that some building work is of such a minor nature that the protections and advantages that a Building Permit can provide are not necessary or will not be achieved. In these cases, the regulations exempt owners from having to obtain a Building Permit or Occupancy Permit.

Council staff will be able to help ascertain whether a Building Permit will be needed for your project.

How do I apply for a Building Permit?

The Application for Building Permit is available at the Ararat Rural City Council Municipal Offices.

The information required you will need to provide with your application will vary according to the type of building you plan to construct.

A checklist showing the information required for four common building types is available from the Council offices.

What is Statutory Planning?

Statutory Planning deals with the day-to-day planning issues of land use, planning permits, subdivision approvals, environment and heritage.

What is Strategic Planning?

Strategic Planning is the ‘big picture’ land use planning for the whole municipality or for individual townships within it. Strategic Planning determines what is needed, when it is needed, where and what type of development can take place and how this can achieved.

Smoke detectors

Smoke detectors must be fitted as part of any new residential building works. However, a number of existing houses or units have still not been fitted with smoke detectors.

Self-contained smoke detectors have proven to be life-saving. Advice about installing smoke detectors is available from the Council offices.