building & development
Owner Builders
building & development
Owner Builders
An owner builder is responsible for all the roles and tasks that a builder would undertake.

All owner builders (not registered in the category of builder or architect) who are thinking about undertaking domestic building works exceeding $12,000 must apply for an Owner Builder Consent of Certificate from the Victorian Building Authority. This certificate is required for a Building Permit.

Every owner builder is allowed to build one (1) house every 3 years. Furthermore, any owner builder wishing to sell their dwelling within the first 7 years after construction (issue of occupancy permit) will need to obtain Building Indemnity Insurance prior to sale/settlement.

For further information pertaining to owner builders, please visit the Victorian Building Authority website.

The Process

Building is a major task and can be stressful, with many unforseen circumstances. An owner builder is responsible for all the roles and tasks that a builder would undertake, for example site fencing, site toilet, signage, supervision of contractors, arrangement of inspections, worksafe matters etc.

If you are new to the construction process, the following is a list that you should anticipate and have to undertake:

  • Have plans drawn, these can be done by a registered building designer or the owner of the property – as plans need to be highly detailed, we advise all owners who are not competent in building design to engage professional building designers.
  • Undertake costing estimates.
  • Application for an Owner Builder Consent of Certificate is to be made to the Building Commission.
  • Contact is to be made with the Shire to verify whether a Planning Permit is required.
  • Apply for a Building Permit with a Private Building Surveyor. Prior to applying for a Building Permit, you may need to obtain Structural Design and Certification, a Geotechnical Soil Report, an Energy Rating Assessment, a Copy of Title, a Septic Tank Permit (if applicable) from Council's Health Department, Protection works notices etc, (if works adjacent to boundaries and/or buildings) and/or a Stormwater layout and discharge point. Please confirm with your relevant appointed Building Surveyor.
  • Carry out all buildings works as approved in Town planning/Building permits. Any works outside the approved scope could detriment the overall all project. The Relevant Building Surveyor who issued the building permit will be responsible for all nominated building inspection, the mandatory building inspections and a general overview of the inspection are the following:

    Foundation: Adequate excavation depth has been reached as per the Geotechnical Soil report and Structural Design, all foundations must be clean and free from debris and water etc.
    Footing: Correct size reinforcement and mash must be correctly laid, is overlapping, adequate concrete cover is provided as per the Structural Design etc.
    Frame: All structural members such as beams, lintels, bracings, columns etc must be correctly installed as per Structural Design and specifications.
    Final: All building works as nominated on plans need to be completed prior to the final inspection which must be done prior to use/occupation of building. The Relevant Building Surveyor will also require certificates of compliance from plumbing and electrical contractors.

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220 Baades Road Subdivision of approved development June 1999
Clause 53.03 Specific Sites and Exclusions.
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A Good Neighbour Code of Practice for a Circus or Carnival 1997
Table to Clause 81.01.
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A Land Capability Study of the Cassilis Valley Swifts Creek 1995
Clause 44.01 Erosion Management Overlay Schedule.
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A Study of Land in the Gippsland Lakes Catchment Area 1992 Vol 1
Clause 44.01 Erosion Management Overlay Schedule and Clause 44.02 Salinity Management Overlay Schedule.
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A Study of Land in the Gippsland Lakes Catchment Area Vol 2
Clause 44.01 Erosion Management Overlay Schedule and Clause 44.02 Salinity Management Overlay Schedule.
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A quality of life community Raymond Island Strategy Draft 1991
Clause 42.02 Vegetation Protection Overlay Schedule 1 to 8.
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Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006
Clause 15 Built Environment and Heritage
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Activity Centre Design Guidelines
Clause 11 Settlement and Clause 15 Built Environment and Heritage.
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Alpine Resorts Strategic Plan
Clause 12 Environmental & Landscape Values.
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Apiary Code of Practice May 2011
Table to Clause 81.01 and Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Bairnsdale Growth Strategy 2009 - Volume 1
Clause 21.03 Settlement, Clause 21.04 Environmental and Landscape Values, Clause 21.07 Built Environment and Heritage, Clause 21.08 Housing, Clause 21.09 Economic Development and Clause 21.12 Strategies for Sub-Regions, Towns and Localities.
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Bairnsdale Growth Strategy 2009 - Volume 2
Clause 21.03 Settlement, Clause 21.04 Environmental and Landscape Values, Clause 21.07 Built Environment and Heritage, Clause 21.08 Housing, Clause 21.09 Economic Development and Clause 21.12 Strategies for Sub-Regions, Towns and Localities.
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Best Practice Management Guidelines for Landfills 2001
Clause 19 Infrastructure.
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Broiler Farms Code of Practice 2009
Table to Clause 81.01 and Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Bullock Island Lakes Entrance Concept Plan 2011
Clause 37.01 Special Use Zone Schedule 1 and Clause 43.04 Development Plan Overlay Schedule 1.
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Bushfire Management on Public Land Code of Practice 2012
Table to Clause 81.01.
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CFA Planning Conditions and Guidelines 1991 amended
Clause 21.05 Environmental Risk.
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Cattle Feedlot Code of Practice 1995
Table to Clause 81.01 and Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Coastal Spaces Landscape Assessment Study Municipal Reference Document 2006
Clause 42.02 Schedule 1, Clause 42.03 Schedule 2 to 6 Significant Landscape Overlay.
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Coastal Spaces Landscape Assessment Study State Overview Report 2006
Clause 12 Environmental & Landscape Values.
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Coastal Spaces Landscape Assessment Study State Overview Report 2006
Clause 42.02 Schedule 1, Clause 42.03 Schedule 2 to 6 Significant Landscape Overlay.
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Coastal Towns Design Framework 2007
Clause 21.12 Strategies for Sub-Regions, Towns and Localities.
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Code of Practice Onsite Wastewater Management 2013
Clause 19 Infrastructure, Clause 21.06 Natural Resource Management and Clause 21.08 Housing.
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Code of Practice for Telecommunication Facilities in Victoria 2004
Clause 19 Infrastructure.
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Construction Techniques for Sediment Pollution Control EPA 1991
Table to Clause 81.01 and Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Cycling Strategy - Cycling into the Future 2012
Clause 18 Transport.
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Designing, Constructing and Operating Composting Facilities 2017
Clause 19 Infrastructure.
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Development Contributions Guidelines 2007
Clause 19 Infrastructure.
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Doing it right on subdivisions 2004
Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Domestic Wastewater Management Plan 2006
Clause 21.06 Natural Resource Management
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East Gippsland Forest Management Plan 1995
Clause 21.04 Environmental and Landscape Values.
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East Gippsland Native Vegetation Plan Draft 2000
Clause 42.02 Vegetation Protection Overlay Schedule 1 to 8.
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East Gippsland New Format Planning Scheme Panel Report 1998
Clause 53.03 Specific Sites and Exclusions.
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East Gippsland Shire Council Urban Waterway Guidelines 2013
Clause 21.04 Environmental and Landscape Values, Clause 21.05 Environmental Risk, Clause 21.08 Housing and Clause 43.04 Development Plan Overlay Schedule 9.
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East Gippsland Soil Erosion Management Plan 2009
Clause 44.01 Erosion Management Overlay Schedule.
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Ellasville Road Nicholson Subdivision Process
Clause 53.03 Specific Sites and Exclusions.
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Endorsed Development Plan 10 Marlo Road, Marlo
Development Plan Over Schedule 7 contained within the East Gippsland Planning Scheme
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Environment Protection Industrial Waste Resource Regulations 2009
Clause 19 Infrastructure.
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Environmental Guidelines for major construction sites 1996
Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Extract from Lake Tyers Beach and surrounds Strategy Plan 1991 plan 4
Clause 53.03 Specific Sites and Exclusions.
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Extract from Lakes Entrance Strategy Plan 1987 fig 4.3 outline Development Plan
Clause 53.03 Specific Sites and Exclusions.
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Fernbank Restructure Plan
Clause 45.05 Restructure Plan Overlay Schedule.
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Freight Futures - Victorian Freight Network Strategy 2008
Clause 18 Transport.
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Geothermal Energy Resources Act 2005
Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Gippsland Forest Management Plan 2004
Clause 21.04 Environmental and Landscape Values.
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Gippsland Lakes Coastal Action Plan 1999
Clause 21.03 Settlement, Clause 21.05 Environmental Risk and Clause 42.02 Vegetation Protection Overlay Schedule 1 to 8.
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Gippsland Regional Growth Plan May 2014
Clause 11 Settlement.
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Glen Wills Restructure Plan 2013
Clause 45.05 Restructure Plan Overlay Schedule.
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Greenhouse Gas Sequestration Act 2008
Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Growth Area Framework Plans 2006
Clause 11 Settlement.
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Guide to Residential Streets and Paths 2004
Table to Clause 81.01.
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Guidelines for Higher Density Residential Development
Clause 11 Settlement and Clause 15 Built Environment and Heritage.
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Guidelines for Planning Permit Applications in Open Potable Water Supply Catchment Areas 2012
Clause 19 Infrastructure.
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Healeys Road Overall Development Plan
Clause 53.03 Specific Sites and Exclusions.
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Improving Walking and Wayfinding in Bairnsdale 2011
Clause 21.03 Settlement and Clause 21.07 Built Environment and Heritage.
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Infrastructure Design Manual 2015
Clause 43.04 Development Plan Overlay Schedule 9.
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Input to Twin Rivers Land Use Plan - Economic Assessment of Future Land Requirements August 2011
Clause 21.12 Strategies for Sub-Regions, Towns and Localities and Clause 43.04 Development Plan Overlay Schedule 9.
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Integrated Coastal Planning for Gippsland Coastal Action Plan 2011
Clause 21.03 Settlement.
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Interim Guidelines for control of noise from industry in country Victoria
Clause 13 Environmental Risks.
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Lakes Entrance Business District Interim Use and Development Control 2011
Clause 53.03 Specific Sites and Exclusions.
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Lakes Entrance Northern Growth Area - Development Contributions Plan
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Lakes Entrance Northern Growth Area Concept Plan Hydrology Water Tech 2013
Clause 21.12 Strategies for Sub-Regions, Towns and Localities and Clause 43.04 Development Plan Overlay Schedule 8.
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Lakes Entrance Northern Growth Area Native Vegetation Precinct Plan 2013
Clause 42.01 Environmental Significance Overlay.
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Lakes Entrance Northern Growth Area Native Vegetation Precinct Plan 2013
Clause 21.12 Strategies for sub-regions, towns and localities, Clause 43.04 Development Plan Overlay Schedule 8 and Clause 52.16 Native Vegetation Precinct Plan.
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Lakes Entrance Northern Growth Area Outline Development Plan 2013
Clause 21.12 Strategies for Sub-Regions, Towns and Localities and Clause 43.04 Development Plan Overlay Schedule 8.
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Lakes Entrance Northern Growth Area Social Impact Assessment 2012
Clause 21.12 Strategies for Sub-Regions, Towns and Localities and Clause 43.04 Development Plan Overlay Schedule 8.
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Land Use Planning Report Colquhoun Area Study Subdivision Structure Plan
Clause 22.00 Local Planning Policies.
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Linking People and Spaces Report Parks Victoria 2002
Clause 11 Settlement
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Low Density Living Study October 1997
Clause 21.08 Housing.
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Mineral Resources Sustainable Development 1990
Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Ministerial Direction No 1 potentially contaminated land
Clause 13 Environmental Risks.
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Ministerial Direction Section 12 Urban Growth Areas
Clause 11 Settlement.
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Native Vegetation Information Management General Use Quick Reference Guide
Clause 12 Environmental & Landscape Values.
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New Planning Scheme Report of the Advisory Committee 1999
Clause 53.03 Specific Sites and Exclusions.
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Newlands Arm Estate Restructure Plan 2017
Clause 45.05 Restructure Plan Overlay Schedule.
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Newspaper Printing and Production Facility 2011
Clause 21.12 Strategies for sub-regions, towns and localities.
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North Arm Foreshore and Estuary Action Plan 1996
Clause 42.02 Vegetation Protection Overlay Schedule 1 to 8.
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North East Regional Catchment Strategy 2013
Clause 35 Rural Zones.
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Onsite Wastewater Management Code of Practice 2013
Table to Clause 81.01.
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Patricia Baleen Gas Plan 2014
Clause 37.01 Special Use Zone Schedule 4.
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Permitted Clearing of Native Vegetation Biodiversity Assessment Guidelines 2013
Table to Clause 81.01.
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Permitted clearing of Native Vegetation Biodiversity Assessment Guidelines
Table to Clause 81.01 and Clause 12 Environmental & Landscape Values.
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Petroleum Act 1998
Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Piggeries Code of Practice 1992
Table to Clause 81.01 and Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Planning Guidelines for land based aquaculture in Victoria 2005
Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Policy and Planning Guidelines for Development of Wind Energy Facilities in Victoria 2016
Clause 19 Infrastructure.
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Potable water guidelines 2012
Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Precinct Structure Planning Guidelines 2009
Clause 11 Settlement.
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Private Tennis Court Development Code of Practice 1999
Table to Clause 81.01.
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Public Transport Guidelines for Land Use Development 2008
Clause 18 Transport.
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Re-imagining Bairnsdale Master Plan 2013 - Volume 1
Clause 21.03 Settlement, Clause 21.07 Built Environment and Heritage and Clause 21.12 Strategies for Sub-Regions, Towns and Localities.
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Re-imagining Bairnsdale Master Plan 2013 - Volume 2
Clause 21.03 Settlement, Clause 21.07 Built Environment and Heritage and Clause 21.12 Strategies for Sub-Regions, Towns and Localities.
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Recommended separation distances for industrial residual air emissions
Clause 13 Environmental Risks and Clause 17 Economic Development.
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Report on Environmental Issues and Constraints Colquhoun Area Study Draft May 1999
Clause 22.00 Local Planning Policies.
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Roadside Vegetation Strategy 2012
Clause 21.04 Environmental and Landscape Values and Clause 42.02 Vegetation Protection Overlay Schedule 1 to 8.
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Safer Design Guidelines for Victoria
Clause 11 Settlement and Clause 15 Built Environment and Heritage.
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Site Specific Control 26 Phillips Lane Lucknow 2012
Clause 21.12 Strategies for sub-regions, towns and localities.
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Site Specific Control for land at 1015 Bairnsdale-Dargo Road Hillside 2010
Clause 53.03 Specific Sites and Exclusions.
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Siting and Design Guidelines for Structures on the Victorian Coast 1998
Clause 42.02 Schedule 1, Clause 42.03 Schedule 2 to 6 Significant Landscape Overlay.
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Social Impact Assessment Guidelines for Development Applications 2013
Clause 21.07 Built Environment and Heritage, Clause 21.08 Housing and Clause 21.11 Infrastructure.
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