City of Wodonga


Building permits - when you need one?

The Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2006 legislate that buildings must be subject to the issue of a building permit prior to work commencing.

The Act prescribes a penalty of $10,000 for any persons who do work without a permit ($50,000 to any company).

The building permit is the key part of that process and ensures, among other things, that:

  • Certain practitioners are registered and carry insurance;
  • Adequate documentation is prepared to correctly construct the building;
  • An independent review of that documentation occurs;
  • Key stages of the work are independently inspected; and
  • The building is independently assessed as completed and/or suitable for occupation.

A comprehensive list of what you need a building permit for is available for download.

There is a specific form for applying for a Victorian building permit that we use and there are several other application forms for different permits available online, but should you need advice please phone our building team on (02) 6022 9300.

PLEASE NOTE: All sheds over 10m2, covered verandahs attached to another building and swimming pools and spas now require a building permit.

Permits for driveways and other road reserves, and building over an easement is processed by our infrastructure team and not Wodonga Building Services.


PDFWhy do I need a permit? (PDF 465KB)

Last updated: 07-11-2018

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