Welcome to the Building Commission's local government webpage where you can find relevant building industry information for Victoria's 79 councils. We would like to hear from you about what information most interests you, what you would like to see included on this webpage, and any comments you may have, so please email any feedback to the Building Commission's Local Government Liaison Officer.
The Building Commission is committed to a strong working relationship with local government.
Local government plays a significant role in building control. The services provided through local government assist in protecting the community from major risks to life and property and contribute to the sustainability of our built environment. The importance to the Commission of local government's role in ensuring a safe building system and sustainable outcomes in its municipality cannot be overstated.
A Guide to Local Government's role in Building Control
The Building Commission has developed a factsheet (365KB) for Local Governments, explaining the role of local governments in building control and provides a brief guide to the opportunities and obligations Councils have in the building process.
New Practice Notes
The Building Commission recently published six new Practice Notes:
- PN 2013-29: Using the Building Code of Australia (BCA)
- PN 2013-37: Fire performance requirements of the BCA
- PN 2013-59: Sprinkler Systems - alternative solutions and role of chief officer
- PN 2013-62: Documentation required for applications for building permits
- PN 2013-63: Alternative Solutions - procedures and documentation
- PN 2013-64: Classification of Buildings
Practice Notes are explanatory notes which provide guidance, clarification and interpretations to parts of the legislative framework. Practice Notes have no legal force, however, they provide useful guidance to the industry and stakeholders.
These Practice Notes, and those previously published, can also be found here.
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All you need to do is complete the form/s below, and fax to 03 9421 4352 or send to the Building Commission or Plumbing Industry Commission Publications, PO Box 99, Abbottsford, VIC, 3067.
You can order up to 50 copies (more than the 30 mentioned on the form!) of each publication in a single order free of charge.