Building

Building

Council's building services to a statutory-only model. All building permit applications should be made to a registered building practitioner.

Council provide a free advisory service to the building industry and the community in respect to all building control matters. Council will continue to undertake all other duties in respect to administering and enforcing the Building Act 1993and all relevant building regulations. 

Enquiry Services

Council's Building Department is available for all general and technical building enquiries during normal business hours or contact the Building Services team online via  e-Services

  • All you need to know about the requirement for POPE and Temporary Structure applications
  • Owner-Builder Law Reforms were implemented by the Building Commission on 14 June 2005. Please see below for information on these changes and the process required to be completed by owner-builders.
  • On 1 October 2011 Council transitioned its building services to a statutory-only model. This change has been introduced to ensure it can function at best practice in relation to the statutory services it provides the local community.
  • Carports Within 1m of Side or Rear Boundaries WHICH MAY NOT REQUIRE A PLANNING PERMIT
  • Council policy is to share the costs where the Ballarat City Council is the freehold owner of the adjoining land
  • Detached Sheds/Garages Within 1m of Side or Rear Boundaries WHICH MAY NOT REQUIRE A PLANNING PERMIT
  • Information on Asset Protection & Vehicle Crossing Permits
  • In Victoria, swimming pools and spas with a water depth of more than 300mm (30cm) must have safety barriers to restrict access of young children to the pool or spa area.
  • In Victoria, swimming pools and spas with a water depth of more than 300mm (30cm) must have safety barriers to restrict access of young children to the pool or spa area.
  • A Building Permit is required for most building work including sheds, retaining walls, decks, carports, verandahs, and fences.

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Application Forms

Brochures

Information and Fact Sheets 

 

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All home owners and occupants must be vigilant around placing flammable clothing close to heating appliances and more importantly to ensure their smoke alarms are regularly maintained and operational at all times, as only working smoke alarms save lives. According to CFA statistics, chances to survive a house fire without a working smoke alarm are reduced by 60%. 

For rental properties, all landlords must ensure working smoke alarms have been fitted in accordance with the Building Regulations. Failure to do so, can leave the landlord open to prosecution should damage to property, injury or loss of life occur. Estate agents managing properties need to work with landlords and occupants to ensure working smoke alarms have been fitted, in accordance with the requirements.”

More information regarding the installation of Smoke alarms can be found at-

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