how long is building permit good for

We are well into 2018 and lots of building projects in Victoria and across Australia are in full swing now, with some projects coming to an end, while others are just beginning. From residential to commercial, there is always lots of construction taking place across the country—thanks especially to the flood of apartment buildings being erected over the last ten years. As an integral component of the construction process, building approvals are required in just about each and every build or renovation project to ensure that basic health, safety and ecology standards are being met. Once you are ready to build, you will no doubt have some questions in regards to the process of acquiring a building permit and how to ensure you are being supported by the best team of building surveyors you can find. You are also probably wondering “how long is a building permit good for?”. Today, with the help of our expert team, we will answer these questions and more.

How Long is A Building Permit Good For?

The typical length of validity for a building permit is going to vary on some factors, including the nature of the building works. For example, you may be constructing a new commercial or residential building, or you could simply be renovating. You could be undertaking works on carports, pergolas, verandahs, kitchens and even bathrooms—just to name a few. Generally, and depending on the nature of the building works, a building permit has a commencement validity (how much time you have to begin building works) of around 6-12 months and a completion validity (how long you have to finish building works) of around 6-36 months. 

When am I Exempt From A Building Permit?

Exemptions are available for those undertaking work to minor structures and will heavily be based upon factors such as the size, nature and kind of work being proposed. The kinds of minor works that are exempt from building approvals include some pergolas that are attached to houses, certain maintenance work and sheds with a floor area that is less than 10 metres squared.

How Can I Find Out Whether or Not I Need A Building Permit?

If you are unsure whether or not you need a building permit for you building project, you can contact the team at Online Permit Solutions. An expert will be more than happy to help you determine what your specific requirements are and what next steps should be for you.

If you do need a building permit, you can rest assured that you will have ample time to commence and complete your build. For more information, contact us today on 03 8582 8500.

You can also check out this article: “3 Tips on How to Apply for a Building Permit Online“. Are you ready to apply for a building permit? Let us know by leaving a comment.