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Building fees

Jobseeker

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, if you are lodging an application for registration, completing your annual fee and insurance process or lodging an application to renew your registration, you may be exempt from paying if you qualify for Jobseeker payment.

The exemption applies to fees payable on and from 30 September 2020 to 30 June 2021. Building practitioners that have already been sent notices may still be eligible for the exemption if the relevant fee is payable on and from 30 September 2020.

Evidence must be current within the fortnight before the request for fee exemption is received by the VBA.

  • A bank statement that indicates Jobseeker payments have been deposited into the account of the applicant or practitioner; or
  • A letter from Centrelink outlining the applicant or practitioner is receiving Jobseeker payments. The letter must display a date.

Once the VBA is satisfied that you are eligible, we will contact you via email to confirm that the relevant fee is exempt on this occasion.

Building registration fees

The following fees apply from 1 July 2020. All fees are exempt from GST.

Domestic Builder (Unlimited) or Project Manager (Domestic) and not currently registered with the VBA $985.40
Domestic Builder (Limited) and not currently registered with the VBA $782.80
Domestic Builder (Unlimited) or Project Manager (Domestic) and currently registered with the VBA in a category other than Domestic Builder $914.90
Domestic Builder (Limited or Unlimited) or Project Manager (Domestic) and registered with the VBA as a Domestic Builder before 21 May 1999 $768.30
Domestic Builder (Limited or Unlimited) or Project Manager (Domestic) and registered with the VBA as a Domestic Builder after 21 May 1999 $420.50
Class other than Domestic Builder and not currently registered with the VBA $130.90
Class other than Domestic Builder and currently registered with the VBA $60.40
Domestic Builder (Limited or Unlimited) $446.20
Domestic Builder (subsequent registrations) $377.20
Class other than Domestic Builder $223.20
Class other than Domestic Builder (subsequent registrations) $154.40
Late fee (for applications lodged less than 3 months before registration expiry date) $112.80
Domestic Builder (Limited or Unlimited) $260.60
Domestic Builder (subsequent registrations) $190.20
Class other than Domestic Builder $130.90
Class other than Domestic Builder (subsequent registrations) $60.40
Domestic Builder $260.60
Class other than Domestic Builder $130.90
Duplicate certificate $40.70
Replacement ID card $40.70
Accreditation of a building product $2048.37

Prescribed temporary structures fees

The application fee is $350 per structure.

If there is more than one type of structure or structure configuration, the fee must be paid for each structure. For example:

  • A marquee with 2 different spans (e.g. 10 m and 15 m) would attract a total fee of 2 x $350 = $700.
  • A circus tent and seating stand would attract a total fee of 2 x $350 = $700.
  • A marquee that can be connected to another identical structure to form a larger marquee would attract a fee of $350.

Company registration fees

Domestic Builder and not registered in another class $543.30
Domestic Builder (subsequent registration) $471.50
Class other than Domestic Builder and not registered in another class $266.50
Class other than Domestic Builder (subsequent registration) $194.80
Domestic Builder $451.00
Domestic Builder (subsequent registrations) $389.50
Class other than Domestic Builder $225.50
Class other than Domestic Builder (subsequent registrations) $164.00
Late fee (for applications lodged less than 3 months before registration expiry date) $112.80
Domestic Builder $225.50
Domestic Builder (subsequent registrations) $153.80
Class other than Domestic Builder $112.80
Class other than Domestic Builder (subsequent registrations) $41.00

Council fees

  • Fees payable to councils are prescribed in fee units. The value of a fee unit from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2021 is $14.81.
  • The fee amount is calculated by multiplying the applicable number of fee units by the value of a fee unit. The fee amount may be rounded to the nearest 10 cents.
  • Enquiries about the actual fee payable should be directed to the relevant council.
  • Stated regulations refer to the Building Regulations 2018.
Consideration by a reporting authority of a building permit application for the demolition of a building referred under section 29A of the Act 5.75
Consideration by council of a building permit application referred under regulation 132(1) or 134(2) or Part 5, 6 or 10 19.61
Consideration by council of a building permit application referred under regulation 116(4) 19.9
Consideration by council of a building permit application referred under regulation 133(2) 9.77
Lodging of documents with a local council by a relevant building surveyor 8.23
Requests for information 3.19

Payment

We accept money order, cheque and credit card payments. We do not accept cash payments.
Payment details are collected when you submit your relevant application, renewal, annual fee or insurance form.