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Building Ballarat --
The following construction works are currently in progress.
Car parking construction
(Cuthberts Road to
Omeo Drive) Footpath construction Early September
from Alexander to
Parking / road
improvement works August - September
Sturt Street West
August - October
streetscape works August - November
Residents and businesses directly affected by these projects will receive
correspondence from Council detailing the location and impact of the works.
Motorists and pedestrians are advised to approach the areas with caution
and comply with speed restrictions.
Enforceable speed restriction signage will be installed at many of the
construction sites for the safety of road users, pedestrians and construction
personnel. Drivers are urged to comply with the lower speed limits at all
For more information contact the City of Ballarat Customer Service Centre
on 5320 5500 or visit www.ballarat.vic.gov.au
When a building permit is
In most instances a building permit is required before any building works
are carried out. This includes things like sheds, extensions, verandahs or
pergolas. A building permit is also usually necessary to modify internal
structural walls and shop fittings. A building permit ensures that the structure
is safe, and construction is built and designed to the appropriate standards.
A building permit is different and separate to a planning permit.
• A planning permit relates to the design, use and aesthetics of works
planned, but is not a permit to construct the works.
• A building permit is the consent for you to legally construct or modify
a structure. The building permit application is assessed against the
relevant state and national codes and standards.
A common misunderstanding is that works undertaken in the past without a
permit are exempt. This is incorrect. Building works carried out unlawfully
without a permit, are still unlawful years later and this may cause a problem
when you are selling a property.
Unlawful building works attract a fee to cover the cost of inspecting and
assessing the works and, depending on the work, additional specialist reports
may be required to guarantee safety. So, before commencing any building
works seek advice from a registered building surveyor about whether a permit
is required and ensure they have obtained one if necessary. This will save
you time and money. If you are buying a property, you or your conveyancer
can request a search to ensure works on the property are legal.
Procedures are now in place to resolve unlawful building works. These
procedures look at the initial siting of the structure. If the structure is sited
incorrectly, and is without a permit, the structure may be required to be
To get a building permit, you can use any private building surveyor, including
Council. If you undertake works without a permit, only Council can resolve
For further information visit Council's website www.ballarat.vic.gov.au or the
Building Commission website www.buildingcommission.com.au
Below: Asphalting of parking areas on Wendouree Parade in Ballarat Botanical
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