Apply for a building permit

You will need a building permit if you are constructing or altering a building, except in a very small number of cases.

Our Building Department can issue building permits. These can also be issued by private Building Surveyors. If you are using our Building Department please follow the process below.

Builders

Step 1.Do your research

Different types of building work have different requirements. Check this page for information relevant to the work you are carrying out. There are some instances where you will also require a Planning Permit. Contact us if in doubt.

Step 2.Gather your documents

You will need to submit the following documents:

Step 3.Submit your application

You can submit your application to us via:

Step 4.Pay your Fees

Calculate your fees by checking our Building Fees and Charges(PDF, 198KB). We will send you an invoice when your permit is approved.

Step 5.Permit is assessed

Our Building Department will assess your application and advise if it is approved.

Step 6.Inspection

Our Building Inspector will ensure your work complies with the permit and issue a Notice of Final Inspection or Occupancy Permit (for new house construction)

Owner Builders

Step 1.Ensure you qualify as an owner builder

An owner-builder is someone who takes responsibility for domestic building work carried out on their own land. If the value of the domestic building work is more than $16,000 you must have a certificate of consent from the VBA to be an owner-builder. Visit the Victorian Building Authority website for more information.

Step 2.Do your research

Different types of building work have different requirements. Check this page for information relevant to the work you are carrying out. There are some instances where you will also require a Planning Permit. Contact us if in doubt.

Step 3.Gather your documents

You will need to submit the following documents:

Step 4.Submit your application

You can submit your application and pay the required fees(PDF, 198KB) to us via:

  • EmailBuildingMail@wangaratta.vic.gov.au. We will send you an invoice.
  • In person: Planning and Building Counter at the Wangaratta Government Centre, 62 - 68 Ovens Street Wangaratta. Fees can be paid via cash, cheque, EFTPOS or credit card.

Step 5.Permit is assessed

Our Building Department will assess your application and advise if it is approved.

Step 6.Inspection

Our Building Inspector will ensure your work complies with the permit and issue a Notice of Final Inspection. If completing a new house construction you will also need to apply for an Occupancy Permit.

Businesses

Step 1.Use our concierge service

Our Economic Development team offer a concierge service to all businesses. Contact economicdevelopment@wangaratta.vic.gov.au to speak with an Economic Development staff member who will assist you in assessing your needs and making appointments with relevant Planning or Building staff. 

Step 2.Gather your documents

You will need to submit the following documents:

Step 3.Submit your application

You can submit your application and pay the required fees(PDF, 198KB) to us via:

  • EmailBuildingMail@wangaratta.vic.gov.au. We will send you an invoice.
  • In person: Planning and Building Counter at the Wangaratta Government Centre, 62 - 68 Ovens Street Wangaratta. Fees can be paid via cash, cheque, EFTPOS or credit card.

Step 4.Permit is assessed

Our Building Department will assess your application and advise if it is approved.

Step 5.Inspection

Our Building Inspector will ensure your work complies with the permit and issue a Notice of Final Inspection. If completing a new house construction you will also need to apply for an Occupancy Permit.