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Other structures and permit requirements

Balconies and decks

You may need a building permit for construction of a new balcony or deck. See: VBA – When is a building permit required?

If you are concerned about the safety of an existing balcony, have it checked by a structural engineer or architect. See: Archicentre Australia - Balcony safety check

Swimming pools and spas

The State Government now requires all pools to be registered. You can find information on safety laws for pool and spa owners on the Casey website.


For certain fence types and heights, a building permit is not required. The VBA has advice on when you do and do not need a permit.

Before commencing any works the owner must check for covenants and restrictions on the title that may impose other restrictions on the construction of fences.

You may be eligible to share the cost of building a fence with us.

Water tanks

In most cases, you will not need a building permit. However, normal structure requirements may apply to the stand (if necessary), as it needs to be built to hold the weight of the tank.

We recommend you seek advice from an engineer, building surveyor or product supplier. 

Solar panels

A building permit is not required if the installation of the solar panels does not adversely affect the structural soundness of the roof. An engineer, licensed builder or building surveyor can advise further.

Installation of solar panels must not contravene any existing planning requirements. Contact our Planning Department to determine if a planning permit is required.

Basketball rings

A permit is not required for installation, but you must ensure they are installed correctly. See: VBA – Basketball rings

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