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Demolition or partial demolition of any building requires a building permit unless it meets the following exemption criteria:

Demolition of a freestanding Class 10 non-habitable building (sheds, carports, garages) that:

  • Is not constructed of masonry
  • Does not exceed 40 m2 in floor area
  • Will not adversely affect the safety of the public or occupiers of the building
  • Is not work carried out on, or in connection with, a building included on the Heritage Register within the meaning of the Heritage Act 2017

Demolition or partial demolition undertaken for the repair/renewal or maintenance of an existing building (any building), if the work:

  • Will not adversely affect the structural soundness of the building, and does not include:
    • A decrease in floor area or height of the building
    • Underpinning or replacement of footings
    • The removal or alteration of any element of the building that is contributing to the support of any other building element
  • Will not adversely affect the safety of the public or occupiers of the building
  • Will not adversely affect an essential safety measure relating to the building

In addition to a building permit for demolition, Section 29A and 29B of the Building Act 1993 specify requirements for the demolition of buildings whereby the report and consent of the Municipal Building Surveyor may be required in relation to demolition of a building if it is visible from the street, or if more than 50% of the building is being removed or demolished. This application is known as 29A Report and Consent on proposed demolition. This file can be found above.

Do you have concerns about demolition work that is occuring?

If you have concerns for demolition work that is occurring this should be referred to a WorkSafe at 76 Henna St, Warrnambool or by telephone on (03) 5564 3200.

Is it heritage listed?

To check if a building has heritage significance contact the Town Planning department on (03) 5559 4800.

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