Resident and builder prosecuted for illegal building work

Stop! Do you need a Building Permit for that?
If you're a resident or builder make sure you have the necessary permits before undertaking any building work. If you don't you may get fined.


Owner, Builder Fined $8000
A property owner and builder were recently prosecuted for building a granny flat in a back yard without the required building permit.

The property owner and builder pleaded guilty.The builder was convicted and fined $8000 and ordered to pay costs of $161. The property owner was placed on a six month good behaviour bond and ordered to pay costs of $161.

Chair of Brimbank Administrators, Mr John Watson said: “The ruling against the builder highlights the importance and gravity of offences such as these.

“This judgement sends a strong message to the community that undertaking building work without a building permit is a serious offence."

Permit Misunderstandings
There are common misunderstandings for when a permit is needed, like for works less than a certain value. This is wrong. To avoid a problem, save time and money, enquire with Council first


The Building Act Says...

  • The Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2006 legislate that most building work is subject to the issuing of a building permit. This includes most alterations, demolitions and removals.
  • The Building Act 1993 prescribes a penalty of over $70,000 for a natural person and over $360,000 in the case of a body corporate for anyone carrying out work without a permit.

Certain building work that does not require a building permit may require a planning permit under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

For more information contact the Council Building Services Department on or call 9249 4000.