Balconies and decks
A building permit may be required 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
A building permit is required for the construction of all pools and spas (below and above ground) capable of holding more than 300mm (30cm) of water.
A building permit is also required for installing and altering safety fences and barriers, including windows, doors and gates that provide access to a pool or spa area.
Also, the state government requires that all swimming pools and spas able to hold 300mm (30cm) of water must have suitable child-resistant safety barriers. Significant penalties apply for owners who do not comply. The state government will apply new legislation around pool and spa safety, this information can be found on the Casey website.
For more information, see swimming pools, spas and their safety barriers - Victorian Building Authority.
For certain fence types and heights, a building permit is not required. The VBA has advice on when you do and don't 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.
In most cases, you won't require 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. See: VBA - Rainwater tanks
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.
A permit is not required for installation, but you must ensure they are installed correctly. See: VBA - Basketball rings