“Got a permit for that?” Our Bayside builders explain permits

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“Got a permit for that?” Our Bayside builders explain permits

You’ve got a vision for what you want your house to look like. The blueprints have been drawn up.

You’ve chosen your Bayside builders who you can trust to turn your dream home into reality.

You’re all set… almost.

There’s just one more final step you need to complete before you can start breaking the ground and starting work on your dream house: apply for the right permits.

It mightn’t be as exciting as collaborating with an architect on your custom-built house, or watching the structure slowly take shape, or choosing all the exciting interior finishes.

However, it’s one of the most important, as we’re sure you’re aware.

So, what types of permits will Bayside council require you to apply for before commencing work on your home?

What type of permits do you need?

There are two main types of permits:

  • Planning permits
  • Building permits

While they may sound similar, the truth is that these are two separate permits that cover completely different things.

If you plan on building or renovating in Bayside, chances are you’ll have to apply for at least one of these permits – more likely, you’ll need both.

That said, it’s still important to know the difference between the two!

What’s the distinction? We’re glad you asked!

Planning permits, explained

The planning permit is the first one in the permit process – naturally, it pertains to the planning stage of your building project.

Essentially, when you apply for a planning permit, you’re asking the council whether or not your custom building or renovation project is suitable for your local area.

We know, it’s a pretty vague statement.

In our experience however, there are a couple of things the council will focus on, including…

  • Appearance: does your house drastically deviate from the established character of your street
  • Privacy: will your house invade your neighbours’ privacy by overlooking their gardens
  • Congestion: if you’re building townhouses, will the extra populace cause unnecessary traffic and crowding?

Each of these factors doesn’t just impact your quality of life, but your neighbours’ too. To minimise this impact, the council looks at each of these when processing your application.

In particular, many construction and renovation projects in the Bayside suburbs also have to consider whether or not they’re building in a heritage-listed area.

The Bayside areas are characterised by a higher-than-average number of older houses, many of which are protected by heritage overlays.

If your plan involves transforming a house in a heritage-listed area, you’ll need a planning permit, even if it ticks every other box.

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What about building permits?

Like the name suggests, building permits regulate how your building project is executed.

In particular, building permits help ensure that construction projects are carried out:

  • Safely, with correct procedures
  • In compliance with building codes and standards
  • By licensed builders, contractors and tradies

It isn’t just new builds that require a building permit, however – so too do most renovation projects.

According to the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), building permits are mandatory when your project calls for any work that can:

  1. Negatively affect the structural integrity of your house
  2. Potentially harm neighbours and passers-by if executed improperly

Knocking out some internal walls? Replacing your roof? Adding an extension?

If it’s more complicated than swapping out a bathtub or installing a new cabinet, you’ll need a permit first!

Other permits

Building and planning permits are the most common type of permit you’ll have to apply for, by no means are they the only ones.

Depending on the project and the plot of land, our Bayside builders often find ourselves helping clients apply for other permits, including…

Navigating the world of permits can be a major headache – luckily, our Bayside builders are here to take care of it all, from start to finish!

The consequences of building without a permit

Our Bayside builders have one piece of advice: don’t.

Thankfully, most people know that they can’t get away without a permit – after all, it isn’t exactly easy to hide the fact that you’ve demolished an existing house and erected a new one in its place!

However what we do see happening a lot is people adding work that wasn’t approved to their project.

Say they were given a permit that approved every part of their plan… with the exception of one or two specific features.

What some homeowners will do is talk their builder into adding it back in anyway, hoping that it will simply slip under the radar without being detected.

If you ask us, it’s just not worth it.

For starters, it’s illegal, and punishable by a hefty fine:

  • 500 penalty units for an individual
  • 2500 penalty units for a company

And with the current penalty unit in Victoria set at $165.22, that can add up to a whopping $82,610 and $413,050 respectively!

Lapsed permits

Of course, not all permit violations are deliberate – sometimes it could just be because of an honest mistake!

Here’s something you might not have known: each building permit comes with a strict time limit and completion date.

If work isn’t completed by the date listed on the permit, you’re technically violating the building permit, even if everything else stays the same.

By law, you’ll have to stop work until you can get your permit extended – as such, you’ll want to keep a close eye on your timelines.

Not to mention, you’ll want to choose a team of Bayside builders who will ensure that all the work on your construction is carried out on-time and within the period prescribed by the permit!

Get your building and planning permits in order with our Bayside builders

Blint’s Design + Construction has worked exclusively in Melbourne’s south-east suburbs since 1972.

We have extensive experience working in and around Bayside, Glen Eira and Kingston – and as such, we have an intimate knowledge of these councils and their permits.

Very few other builders can boast that level of experience!

With Blint’s team of Bayside builders on your side, you can be confident that your dream home is in good hands.

We’ll help you navigate the maze of different permits, ensuring that your new build, renovation, extension, or dual occupancy project remains safe and compliant at all times.

Built For The Few

When you choose Blint, you choose an exclusive building team who strictly limits the number of projects they accept at any one time. 

When we take on only a handful of projects at once, we ensure that your house gets the individual attention it deserves. And that results in better quality builds, and happier clients!

Eager to build in south-east Melbourne? Contact our Bayside builders today on (03) 9576 8686, or click here to contact us online.