Frequently Asked Questions

Occupancy Permits

If a building permit states that an occupancy permit is required then that particular building must not be occupied by any person unless the Occupancy Permit is issued by the relevant building surveyor.

An occupancy permit will be issued once the relevant building surveyor is satisfied that the building works have been completed in accordance with the current building regulations.

Certificate of Final Inspection

If a building permit states that a final certificate is required then once the relevant building surveyor is satisfied it has been constructed in accordance with the current legislation then he/she will issue the final certificate.

Do I need a Building Permit for a swimming pool?

YES. Any excavation or structure containing water that is used primarily for swimming, wading, paddling or the like, including a bathing or wading pool or spa, is defined as a swimming pool.
A building permit must be obtained for the construction of a swimming pool including associated safety fencing. These are requirements of the Building Regulations 2006, which are designed to protect children from gaining access to the swimming pool or spa area. The requirements are designed to maximise the safety of children, especially those under the age of 5 years.

What does a Building Surveyor do with regards to a Building permit?

A building surveyor will:
Check the plans
Issue the building permit
Carry out relevant inspections to make sure that the building is being built to Australian Standards
Issue the Occupancy/Final Certificate

Does all building work require a Building Permit?

A building permit is required on all new construction, all alterations and/or repairs that are structural as well any alterations that change the use of an existing building.

What are 6 Star Energy Ratings and when do I need them?

You can download the 6 Star Booklet

Essential Safety Measures – What are they?

Essential Safety Measures (ESM) are fire and life safety systems installed or built into buildings to provide fire and life safety protection to a building. ESM’s include such things as fire sprinklers, mechanical ventilation, smoke detectors and alarms, exit doors, fire rated construction etc.

ESM’s are typically found in class 1b,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9 buildings as defined by the Building Code of Australia. The owners of these classes of buildings are required to maintain the ESM’s and provide an annual statement certifying that the ESM’s have been maintained at the required level and frequency required by the buildings’ Occupancy permit or Certificate of Final Inspection.
Gippsland Building Approvals can undertake an inspection and written report outlining a buildings’ ESM’s and their required level and frequency of maintenance required under the Building Regulations 2006.