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Council's Building Unit, in a statutory role, offers comprehensive information on all constructions under the Building Act 1993 & Building Regulations 2018 and has requirements under the Building Act 1993 & Building Regulations 2018 to supply such information as:

  • Property Information for new constructions
  • Property Information for existing buildings constructed in the previous 10 years
  • Report and Consent (Dispensations)


New changes to Building Regulations in relation to Swimming Pools and Spas

Legislation was recently passed to make the registration of swimming pools and spas mandatory and introduce a new compliance regime to improve safety of swimming pools and spas.  This will come into effect on 1st December 2019.

In the coming months more information will be made available so that swimming pool and spa owners will know what they are required to do.

It is the responsibility of property owners and occupiers to ensure that barriers around pools and spas are properly maintained and operating effectively.

To ensure that your pool or spa is safe there are self-assessment checklists available on the Victorian Building Authority website to assist you in carrying out safety barrier maintenance checks.

If you are considering installing a pool or spa or undertaking any renovation works to your house or pool area you may wish to read the Victorian Building Authority Swimming Pool and Spa Barriers FAQs  to know what your responsibilities and requirements for obtaining building permits.

Please contact Council on 03 5366 7100 or for any further information.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is a building permit required?

    A building permit is required for most building works unless exempted under Schedule 3 of the Building Regulations 2018.

    The Victorian Building Authority pdf document When-is-a-Building-Permit-Required.pdf provides specific advice on when a building permit is required for certain works.

    If you are still unsure please contact Council on 5366 7100 or for further clarification.

  • What is the difference between a building permit and a planning permit?

    A planning permit does not remove the need to obtain a building permit. Building permits relate specifically to the carrying out of building construction, where as planning permits are legal documents giving permission for a land use or development. Go to Council’s page to make a planning permit application.

  • How do I obtain a building permit?

    A building permit can be obtained by contacting a private building surveyor of your choice.  The surveyor should be engaged early in the process and will advise on what documentation you need to obtain the building permit. Building permit fees can vary depending on which building surveyor you choose.

Last Updated:

Sunday, 21 August, 2016 - 20:48