During construction, builders need to ensure they are licensed appropriately and are complying with building regulations and local laws. At completion, a project must pass inspection by a registered building surveyor. Here is a list of resources useful to builders and developers during a building project.
Compliance with the Act, building regulations and building codes
The Building Act 1993 (Vic) is the legal framework for the regulation in Victoria of building construction, building standards and the maintenance of specific building safety features.
Building regulations are drawn from the Act. They cover areas such as building permit requirements and the regulations for building inspections, occupancy permits and maintenance as well as how the regulations are enforced.
The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) provides information on the National Construction Code, a uniform set of codes for the design and construction of buildings and other structures.
Planning, pre-build and applying for permits
During the construction phase of a building project, practitioners need to ensure their work is compliant with a variety of regulations, codes and standards. Many building professionals also need to comply with licensing and registration requirements.
The Building Commission provides resources for practitioners including:
- the eToolbox that allows registered building practitioners to renew registration, report continuing professional development (CPD), maintain contact information and re-order lost registration cards
- practice notes and guidelines for dwelling statistics, classification of buildings, fees and more.
Submit your building and construction forms online
If you are doing your building in a participating council location, you can save time by downloading and submitting a range of forms online. Check your local council's website for details or search our Find a Form tool for local council and state forms.
Documents to include with your building permit application
Building project requirement information is available from agencies and organisations, e.g. Heritage Victoria for heritage overlays, VicRoads for whether any approved road works proposals will impact your project and Land Victoria for property reports that will provide zoning, utility, local government and other information. The required documents for a building application will vary depending on the size, location and cost of the project.
When you have collated all the required documents, complete a Building Permit Application form and submit for approval.
Always use a registered building practitioner and other professionals
Minimise your project risk by using an appropriately qualified and registered professional, insurance and liability may also be affected by whether your work is done by a registered professional.
The Building Commission provides a list of registered building practitioners, including draftsmen and builders.
Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) provides a list of registered electricians and you can contact the Plumbers Industry Commission (PIC) on 1300 815 127 to find out if your plumber is registered.
Building project completion and certificates
Before a building project can be completed it must be inspected and approved by a qualified building inspector. Dwellings require an occupancy permit.
Your building project may also require inspection reports, electrical and plumbing certificates, which should be provided by registered building practitioners.
Check local laws as well as Victorian building regulations for more information about the specific requirements for completing a building project.If your project involves roads, get technical guidance on design standards, manuals and notes from VicRoads.