What should I do to determine which permit is required?
The best way of finding out is to consult an expert: an architect, a draftsperson, a town planner or a building surveyor with local knowledge. You can also contact Council’s Building Surveying or Statutory Planning departments on (03) 9599 4444.
In simple terms, a building permit deals with a building's structural stability and safety, while a planning permit deals with the buildings use. Planning permits are generally required for all non-domestic building works and multi-residential developments, whereas a building permit is required for almost all building works
If a planning permit is required, a building permit cannot be issued until the planning permit is first obtained.
Building works cannot commence until a building permit is issued.