The Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2018 legislate that buildings must be subject to the issue of a building permit prior to work commencing. The Act prescribes a penalty in excess of $50,000 for any persons who do work without a permit, and $300,000 to any company.

It is your responsibility as the property owner to ensure that:

  • a building permit is in place prior to commencement of works, or
  • the proposed works are exempt from requiring a building permit.

Before applying, you should check if you need a building permit.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the lodging building permit forms including the application kit, and submit them with all required documentation and plans to Council’s Building department.

An Asset Protection Permit may also be required.

The building application fee is determined by the building classification and cost of works. It covers all building inspections and plan assessments. Please contact Council's Building department for a fee proposal.

Please note, other fees may be applicable such as Council Report and Consent, dispensations, or modifications.

A card payment fee also applies.

Need help?

If you have any questions or uncertainties, please contact the Building team:

Visit Online Services 24/7

Phone: 03 9209 6253

In person: visit the Enquiries Counter at St Kilda Town Hall during opening hours Monday to Friday

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