How to apply for a building permit in Melbourne

Get the support you need to apply and secure a building permit in Melbourne with none of the stress.

Why do I need a building permit in Melbourne?

Before starting any residential or commercial building project, you’ll need a permit that needs to be submitted to a building surveyor to prove that your property complies with The Building Code of Australia, The Building Act 1993 and The Building Regulations 2018

Your permit ensures that the building you’re designing meets all safety requirements and regulations as per Victoria’s building standards.

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What documents do I need?

Applying for a building permit in Melbourne tends to be a drawn-out process that requires the submission of several documents. These include:

  • A completed application form
  • Structural drawings of your building
  • A soil report
  • A property owner’s warranty insurance
  • The owner-builder certificate
  • A copy of the approved plan for the subdivisions
  • Easement details
  • The siting report
  • A copy of your town planning permit and endorsement plans
  • Protection work notices
  • The title re-establishment survey plan

Should I work with building professionals at the permit stage?

To ensure that you don’t waste time and money on your application process, compiling your documents and submitting the right information is crucial.

Often, a lack of experience in building design can affect the details you submit, which may warrant further investigation and information. Failing to get your permit, in turn, can halt your residential or commercial project in its tracks, costing you plenty of time and money.

This is where the right building planning professionals can support you.

Professional building designers know exactly how this process works and can provide you with the guidance you need to ensure that you receive your building permit on the first go.

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RNB Design Solutions—a leading building planning partner in Melbourne

At RNB Design Solutions, we have a 100% success rate for receiving council approval for permit applications.

Having been active in the industry for over 15 years, we know how to help you submit a strong application.

We help you:

  • Understand the town planning process and submit your application (if required).
  • Give you a checklist of all the documents you will need and support you in completing the application with all the necessary information.
  • Come up with drawings, specifications and allotment plans for your building.
  • Generate a site evaluation report for your permit application.
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    I couldn’t be happier with the design and professionalism that Jason from RNB Design Solutions has accomplished. The service and quality from Jason are second to none, very understanding of my requirements and exceeded on all my requests. Thank you, Jason from RMB Design, I couldn’t be more happy with everything you’ve done, and wouldn’t hesitate to use your services again in the future. I have already recommended you to a colleague who is looking at building.

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