1. Overview

For all building Building forms, please go to our Forms page

Gannawarra Shire Council Building Department provides the following services within the Shire:

  • Building permit and inspection service for all classes of buildings.
  • Approvals for the siting and construction of structures in caravan parks.

2. Is a building permit required?

In most instances the answer to this question is yes. For more information please go to the Victorian Building Commission Website.

3. Failure to obtain a Building Permit

The Building Act 1993 and the Building Interim Regulations 2017 state that building work cannot commence before a building permit can be issued. The Act prescribes a penalty of up to $10,000 for any work carried out without a building permit.

Owners may also have difficulty selling their properties if they cannot provide details of all the building permits. This may incur considerable cost to have non conforming building works rectified.

4. Obtaining copies of Building Plans and associated documents

Copies of plans and other information from building files can be obtained on application to council.

If the applicant is not the owner of the property then written consent from the owner of the property must be obtained and submitted with the application. There is a search and copy fee for this information. Applicants should allow at least 48 hours for this information to be accessed by staff from Council’s property records.

5. Applying for relevant permits

Forms that can assist applying for the permits relevant to your permit can be found below or on the Forms section of Council's website.

Application for an Asset Protection Permit

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6. Caravan Parks

Council enforces the Residential Tenancies (Caravan Parks and Movable Dwellings Registration and Standards) Regulations 2010 for all caravan parks within the Shire.

Approvals are required for unregistrable movable dwellings, rigid annexes and fly overs. A copy of the requirements for these structures and application form can be downloaded from here .

7. Essential Safety Measures Maintenance

Owners of buildings classes 2-9 (multi-storey dwelling units, motels, guest houses, offices, shops, warehouses, factories, hospitals, public buildings and schools) are required to maintain all the essential safety measures that are installed in a building. If your building was either constructed or altered since 1 July 1994 then all the essential safety measure will be listed on the occupancy permit with the requirements for the level and frequency of this maintenance.

For buildings that were constructed before 1 July 1994, any essential safety measure installed in the building will have to be maintained to ensure that it functions properly.

The Building Commission has produced an essential Safety Measures Maintenance Manual that lays out all the requirements and responsibilities of property owners. A copy can be downloaded from the Building Commission Website.

8. Swimming pools and spas - safety fencing requirements

Building permits are required for all swimming pools and spas that have a depth of 300mm and are required to have safety barriers complying with AS1926.1.

Building permits are required for both the pool, spa and safety barrier.

All pools and spas, regardless of when they were built are required by the Building Interim Regulations 2017 to be fitted with a safety barrier complying with AS1926.1.

If you have an existing pool or spa that does not have a safety barrier then you are required to have a barrier installed. A building permit is required prior to erecting the safety fence.

Penalties of up to $10,000 may apply for property owners who do not comply with this requirement.

9. Termite management in buildings

Gannawarra Shire Council is a designated termite prone area under Regulation 803 of the Building Interim Regulations 2017.

Any person intending to carry out building works within the Shire will be required to implement construction techniques that help prevent infestation that meet the requirements of the Building Code of Australia.

10. Is a Planning Permit required?

In many cases a Planning Permit must be obtained prior to applying for a Building Permit. Buildings generally requiring a Planning Permit are those where the land may be flood prone, dwellings in rural areas, more than one dwelling on a lot and most new buildings or alterations to existing buildings that are Classes 2-9. Applicants should contact the planning department prior to applying for a Building Permit.