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Welcome to City Building Services

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Warrnambool City Council’s City Building Services offers a range of building related services to the community which includes building advice, building inspections, swimming pool advice, essential services, report and consents, and occupancy permits.

City Building Services issues Building Permits for the construction, demolition, alteration, extension or change of use for all types of buildings.

This includes both domestic and commercial projects, ranging from the garden sheds, verandahs or garages to factories or office buildings.

The following services are available to all residents and property owners, builders, developers and designers.

  • New Houses
  • Demolitions
  • Extensions
  • Sheds
  • Verandahs
  • Pools
  • Essential Safety Measures
  • Change of Use
  • Disability Access Reports
  • Owner Builder Reports
  • Termites
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Fences

Building Permits

A building permit is usually required when constructing new buildings or undertaking alterations and additions to an existing building.  The document (available for download above) outlines some of the common types of building work which require a building permit.

Always check with our Council Building Department either by phone or email to determine if a building permit is require before you start any work.
5559 4800 or

Property Information

Council can provide information about whether a proposed building or land is in an area declared as liable to flooding, uncontrolled overland drainage, termite infestation or bushfire in accordance with Building Regulations.  This information can be obtained by completing a “Request for Building Information” and paying the associated fee. Further information in relation to purchasing land may be obtained from Consumer Affairs Victoria at

Planning Permits

It is important not to confuse planning permits with building permits.  Planning permits are legal documents giving permission for a land use or development, and may be required for all building work.  If a planning permit is required, it must be issued before the building permit can be issued.  A planning permit does not remove the need to obtain a building permit.  Building permits relate to the method of construction of a building or development and mainly deal with the safety and legal requirements under the building code.  Not all projects need a planning permit.  The best way to find out whether you need a planning permit and what is required is to contact Council’s Planning Support team on telephone 5559 4800.

Unsafe Buildings

Over time, old construction and new can become unsafe, or may have been construction without a building permit.  If you feel a construction is unsafe it may be a matter for our Council Building Department.  If you have concerns regarding Asbestos please contact Worksafe or EPA.

City Building Contacts
5559 4800

Municipal Building Surveyor
Peter Keen

Hannah Newson

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