Building permit levy

In order to fund the Building Control and Domestic Dispute Resolution System in Victoria, the Building Act 1993 (the Act) imposes a building permit levy. The levy amount is based on the cost of the building work and must be paid by the applicant to the Relevant Building Surveyor (RBS) before a building permit can be issued.

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Building permit numbers

Building permit numbers should be produced in a consistent and standard manner.

The building permit number comprises four parts:

  • the registration number of the building surveyor who issued the building permit
  • the year the building permit was issued, using four digits (for example, YYYY)
  • a four-digit sequential number used to identify the building permit issued
  • a stage number to identify the stage of a building project that the building permit relates to. For single-stage projects, the stage is zero. For multi-stage projects, all stages should have the same sequential number (refer to the point above), with the first stage being identified with a stage number of 1, the second stage with 2, etc. For example, 20140011/1, 20140011/2, 20140011/3, etc.

Example 1: If building surveyor BS-U 6789 issued their first building permit for single stage in projects in 2014 the permit number should be: 6789/20140001/0.

Example 2: If building surveyor BS-U 6789 issued their one-hundredth building permit for stage 1 of a multi-stage project in 2014, the permit number should be: 6789/20140100/1.

Application date

The application date is the date the relevant building surveyor receives the completed Application for a Building Permit Form.

Building surveyors are requested to note or date-stamp on receipt of the application form from the applicant.

Note: the application date may vary from the date the applicant signed the form. It is the date received by the building surveyor that needs to be reported in the building permit levy return.

Building classification codes

Including the correct BCA class of building under the National Construction Code (NCC) helps the VBA process the building permit information efficiently and reduces the need to follow up to clarify information. It also provides a consistent building project description.

For example, the BCA classification of Class 1a buildings should include (i) or (ii) to indicate whether the dwellings are attached or not (class 1ai for detached house or class 1aii for one or more attached dwellings, etc).

Unique Property Identifier - SPI number

The Standard Parcel Identifier (SPI) is Land Victoria's unique numbering and identification system to identify parcels of land.

The unique number assigned to land parcels will be based on a 'lot on plan' format. This format will also be applied to Crown descriptors using the existing parish number as the plan number.

The SPI number can be obtained from Land Victoria's website by entering the property address.