Before you submit a building permit application, we recommend you use this checklist to ensure you have included all the necessary documents and details.

It’s a good idea to speak with Council’s Building Services team early in your project planning, before you submit your permit application. It will probably make the process simpler and faster for everyone.

Once you’re ready to lodge the permit application make sure you include:

  1. building permit application form (form 1), signed and completed
  2. copy of title showing current ownership including title allotment plan
  3. certificate for domestic contracts insurance or an owner builder consent certificate from the building practitioners board, for any domestic building works where the cost of the proposed works will exceed $12,000. Get further information regarding insurance here.  Link to the consumer affairs victoria on 1300 558 181
  4. 3 copies of a soil investigation report are required for all buildings, including dwellings and dwelling additions. Not needed for sheds, carports, steel garages or other light structured buildings.
  5. 3 copies of design drawings which shall include:
  • site plan drawn to scale of not less than 1:500 showing siting of a proposed building on the allotment and location in relation to other buildings on the same and/or adjoining allotments, and building perimeter, floor and related site levels.
  • the location and depth of any excavation and/or filling and the means of retention must be accurately shown.
  • proposed downpipes and storm water drainage lines — the discharge point must be shown.
  • the position of the allotment in relation to the nearest intersecting street, street names and north point.
  • floor plans showing — overall and internal dimensions, thickness and composition of walls, use of rooms and fittings, sizes and type of windows and doors.
  • plans for additions and/or alterations must be coloured to clearly designate the proposed works. (scale 1:100)
  • elevations including sectional elevations (scale 1:100)
  • sections indicating footing type and size, structural details (minimum scale 1:100)
  • specifications indicating materials to be used, framing schedule, stress grading, relevant a.s. codes, etc.
  • applications will only be processed after fees have been paid and a receipt issued.

You may need to hire a professional building design draftsperson to develop the required design drawings, given the complexity. The plans and drawings must be done well and drawn to scale. Colour should be used to differentiate between existing and new parts of building works.

Estimating the cost

When you complete your permit application, you will need to state the cost. That’s because some of the criteria for assessing buildings and building works are based on the cost estimate or the contract price.

The cost you list must include the true or market cost of labour and materials involved in the construction. You must include the cost of your own labour, floor slabs, drainage, electrical, plumbing, fit-out etc.

Sometimes it is easier for owner builders to base cost estimates on the retail or market prices of buildings of similar size and construction.