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A building permit is required for demolishing or removing part of a building. In some cases you will also need to apply for a planning permit.

Before you begin preparing your application, we advise you to contact our Planning Services unit on (03) 5559 4800 to find out if a planning permit is required. If it is then you will need to obtain the planning permit before you can apply for a building permit.

What do I need for a building permit application to demolish?

1. Complete a Building Permit application form and a Section 29A – Report & Consent application form

2. Prepare 3 copies of each of the following drawings (to a scale of not less than 1:100) that shows:

  • an outline and description of the building or part of the building to be demolished or removed
  • an allotment plan showing the location of the building, the property boundaries  and any adjoining buildings
  • other buildings on the property
  • any streets, footpaths or crossings adjoining the allotment

3. Prepare 3 copies of each of the following documents that show:

  • If only part of the building is to be demolished or removed, you will need to provide an engineering report or similar documentation to prove that the remaining section of the building is structurally safe.
  • documentation that outlines the position and description of hoardings, allotment boundaries, barricades, and temporary crossings, protective awnings and outriggers
  • a written step-by-step description of the demolition or removal procedure from the roof downwards
  • evidence that the person or contractor who is completing the works has the necessary knowledge, experience, equipment and storage facilities to property conduct the demolition operations.
  • for works valued at over $5,000, proof of the builder’s registration details
  • for works valued at over $16,000, proof of the builder’s insurance details
  • for works valued at over $12,000, proof of Certificate of Consent (applies to owner builders only)
  • the Certificate of Title. Visit the Victorian Land Titles Office website for more information.

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