Applying through Yarra – Fees, forms and checklists

Yarra Council has it’s own building surveyors who can assist you in obtaining a building permit and will undertake relevant inspections of building works.  When you lodge your building permit application with us you will get the benefit of local knowledge and a full permit and inspection service.

Building Permits are generally required for:

  • External work to your house including extensions, verandas, garages and second storeys
  • Internal work to your house that requires windows or walls to be moved or altered
  • Any new building
  • Demolition of an old building
  • Change of use of a building eg: from warehouse to dwelling
  • A fence
  • Construction of a swimming pool or spa
  • Minor structures eg. carports, roller doors etc


When you have submitted your application, please allow 10 working days for your documentation to be assessed. When all requirements are met, a permit will be issued by mail.


The building permit fee will be based on the cost of the project. In addition, a lodgement fee is payable for building work with a cost of $5000 or more and a State Government Building Permit Levy is payable for building work with a cost greater than $10,000.

To engage a Council building surveyor please phone 9205 5555 or email

Applcation forms and information

 docx format Application for Building Permit (74.90 KB)

pdf format Building application checklist (192.96 KB) 

If you are unsure whether you need a Building Permit please contact The City of Yarra 9205 5555 or email

Where a Planning Permit is required, the Planning Permit must be issued before the Building Permit can be granted. To find out if you require a Planning Permit, please contact The City of Yarra 9205 5555.

Protection of Adjoining Property

Where the relevant Building Surveyor requires an adjoining property to be protected from damage as a consequence of your proposed building works, you are required to notify the adjoining owners. You must provide details of your proposed building works and the protection measures that will be undertaken to protect the adjoining property.

More information, along with the required application forms, is available in this Protection Work Forms 3 and 4:

docx format Protection Work Forms 3&4 & Cover sheets (31.72 KB)


Further information
City of Yarra
9205 5555


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