Building permit applications

When do I need a building permit?

You need a building permit for most commercial, industrial and residential developments.

This can include:

  • new buildings
  • alterations and additions to current buildings
  • change of use of a building (warehouse to dwelling)
  • minor structures (carports, roller doors)
  • outbuildings (garages and sheds)
  • fences and retaining walls
  • demolition of an existing building
  • swimming pool or spa

If you need a building permit or have a question, our Yarra Building Services team can help.

Call Yarra City Council on 9205 5555 or email

How do I apply for a building permit?

If you would like to submit an application please complete the building permit application form.
Here's a checklist to help you with submitting the required documents.

Please submit your application in 1 of the 3 ways: 

  1. Email
  2. Post
  3. In person

If you need a building permit, an Asset Protection Permit is required before any works can start on the property.

How long will my application take to process?

We will be able to assess your application and get back to you within 10 business days.

How much does it cost?

Your permit fee will be calculated based on the overall cost of the works.
You will be charged a lodgement fee if the works cost more than $5000.
You will be charged a State Government Levy if the works cost most than $10,000.

I am a Building Surveyor - How can I lodge my building works notification - Section 80 notification?

All Section 80 notifications must be lodged on line using your existing account details.  

Procedures to assist lodge your application can be found here.

After you submit your notification you will receive automatic confirmation.

If you do not have an account with us please call Construction Management Support on 9205 5555 to assist you set up your new account.