When it comes to demolition, or razing, there are many things to take into consideration. Depending on your project, you may need to seek report and consent as well as will apply for a building permit.

Report and Consent (Section 29A)

Under Section 29A of the Building Act 1993, consent may be required from the City of Port Phillip’s Planning Department before a building permit for demolition is issued.

Report and consent for demolition is required if your proposal includes demolishing:

  • an entire building
  • more than half the original building over a 3-year time period
  • any part of the facade of a building.

If you are unsure whether a Report and Consent to demolish is required, we recommend, you should seek the advice of a registered building surveyor.

What to include

Need Section 29A help?

If you need more information regarding applying for a report and consent for proposed demolition, contact the planning team.

Phone:03 9209 6424
In person: visit the Enquiries Counter at St Kilda Town Hall between 8.30 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday

Building permit

A building permit to demolish is required to demolish all or part of a building in the City of Port Phillip, unless exempt. Refer to Schedule 3 of the Building Regulations 2018 for exemptions.

To make an application to demolish a building you will need to:

  • complete the building permit
  • submit a copy of the Certificate of Title and Owners' Consent
  • four copies of the site plan showing:
    • perimeter of all buildings on site
    • outline and description of buildings or part of buildings to be demolished or removed
    • number of stories, type of construction, materials
    • distance from boundaries/buildings/streets/footpaths crossings and dimensions
    • type and distance of buildings on adjoining allotments
    • all hoarding and public protection details including barricades, temporary crossings, protective awnings and outriggers, as part of report and consent.
  • where part of a building is being demolished or removed, you will need to provide computations or other information to show that the remainder of the building will comply with regulations, either as it remains after the proposed demolition or removal takes place, or after other works are completed.

Excavation and digging

If your work involves excavation or digging, please lodge a free enquiry with Dial Before You Dig to identify if there are any infrastructure assets within the area. Doing this will protect the safety of the people working and avoid disruptions to services.

EPA Industrial Waste Database

Search the EPA database to find licensed waste treaters/disposers and permitted waste transporters.


Asbestos-containing materials can be dangerous to your health if they are not properly maintained or removed carefully. The safest way to have asbestos removed is by a licensed asbestos removalist.

For more information on asbestos, including identifying, testing, removal and disposal, see the Government's Asbestos Safety website.

Need help?

If you have any questions or uncertainties about the building permit, excavation or waste, please contact the Building team:

Phone:03 9209 6253
In person: visit the Enquiries Counter at St Kilda Town Hall between 8.30 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday

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