What's the Difference Between a Planning Permit and a Building Permit?

Planning permits and building permits are controlled by different laws and regulations. These permits are required by law and are designed to protect us. You may be required to obtain one or both of these permits depending on your project. It is important to understand the difference between planning and building to assist in applying for the right permits for your proposal. 


Planning Permits


Building Permits

  • A building permit is a legal document certifying that a proposed build is structurally safe and that the works comply with the relevant state building regulations.
  • Building permits relate to the method of construction required  a building, development, or other associated works.
  • Project works are independently inspected by private building surveyors at key stages however, consent may also need to be obtained from Council’s Building department.
  • Further information: Victorian Building Authority