Council’s Building Unit, in a statutory role, offers comprehensive information on all constructions under the Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2018.
What is the difference between a building permit and a planning permit?
- Building permits relate specifically to the carrying out of building work. Building permits ensure that all building work complies with the Building Regulations and are safe. However, there are times when a planning permit may also be required.
- Planning permits are legal documents giving permission for a land use or development, and may be required by your local council. If a planning permit is required, it must be obtained before a building permit can be issued.
- A planning permit does not remove the need to obtain a building permit.
- The best way to find out whether you need a planning permit is to contact Council’s Planning office.
Do I need a building permit?
The Building Act 1993 (the Act) and Building Regulations 2018 (the Regulations) legislate that all building work is subject to the issue of a building permit, unless an exemption exists for the proposed work under the Regulations. This includes some minor non-structural alterations and repair or maintenance work. The link below will provide further information:
How do I apply for a building permit?
You need to choose a building surveyor as Mansfield Shire Council does not issue building permits. You may choose either a municipal building surveyor or a private building surveyor. A building permit cannot be issued until a relevant planning permit (if required) is obtained.
Can I build a shed on my land?
Applications relating to building a shed on vacant allotments in General Residential Zone (GRZ), Low Density Residential Zone (LDRZ) and Rural Living Zone cannot be approved.
Requests to build sheds on vacant land in other zones will only be considered if the use is allowed by the Mansfield Planning Scheme. If not being built for these purposes, a building permit must already have been issued for a dwelling for this to occur.
Habitation of a shed in Victoria is an offence under the Building Act.
Do I need a building permit for a fence?
Sometimes a building permit is required for a fence. Some fences are exempted from the need for a building permit. Contact a building surveyor to check..
Front FenceA front fence constructed of timber, palings or colorbond must not exceed a height of 1.5 metres or 1 metre if it is within 9 metres of a street intersection. A building permit is required for any front fence higher than specified above, or for any brick or masonry fence higher than 1.2metres.
You need to also check your title to ensure that there are no fencing covenants on the property. For example, no fence to be built or a certain height and type of fence may be determined.
Side FenceSide and rear fences constructed of timber, palings or colorbond must not exceed a height of 2 metres, unless the fence (or part of a fence) is within 3 metres of a street alignment (in which case the height must not exceed 1.5metres).
Check your title for boundary particulars and consult with a land surveyor if unsure.
Consult with your neighbour regarding price, cost sharing arrangements and style.
Fencing DisputesIf neighbours cannot agree on a boundary fence between their properties, this becomes a ‘civil’ issue and not a council issue. If there is a dispute and you cannot agree, this is a civil matter and you may need to seek legal advice from a solicitor. Council will not be involved in this matter.
Fencing between Private Land and Council LandPlease put this request in writing. Council will then consider the type of fence and the total cost of erecting the fence.
Adjoining Property Owner DetailsCouncil can only provide the name and mailing address of adjoining property owners for the purpose of fencing enquiries. An ‘Application for Ownership details for the purposes of Fencing’ must be completed and signed and returned to council’s rates department.
In response, Council will provide the name and mailing address of the neighbour which can only be used in relation to the fencing matter stated on the application. No other personal information will be provided.