All verandas always require a building permit to build, renovate or demolish.
Is the verandah on a block of land less than 500m2 in size?
You will need a planning permit to construct, demolish or significantly alter a verandah on a block of land less than 500m2.
Is the construction in a Heritage Overlay area?
Your ‘property information’ is generally referred to in connection with mortgages, zones, overlays and easements affecting your property.
If so, you will need a planning permit if the verandah is, or will be visible from outside the building. See here for more information on verandas under the Heritage Overlay.
Verandahs are often a strong part of the historical image of a property; so it is unlikely, - if you are under a Heritage Overlay - that you will receive permission to build an ultra modern verandah filled with LED lights and stainless steel, or to remove an existing one entirely. If you want to replace your heritage verandah, consider what verandah styles were common when your house was first built, and so will fit with the historical image.
Check with Council to be sure.
Is the veranda currently – or is it planned to be - constructed of masonry, such as brick or bluestone?
A historic building method that remains cheap and effective, masonry buildings or structures, (such as those made entirely of brick), are not automatically considered to comply with modern building codes. Consider timber or metal alternatives, just in case.
Will the veranda be built over a drainage easement?
See your property information to find out whether you have any drainage easements on your property.
If so, you will need to apply for consent from Melbourne Water or whichever water authority governs your area. Without this consent you won’t be able to successfully apply for a building permit.
After you have gotten the water authority’s consent, check to see if there any other people or authorities who will be affected if you build or remove the veranda. You will need permission from the relevant authority to build on, under, over or around easements or relevant overlays. See easements and overlays for further information.
Will the verandah affect my neighbours?
Check to see if your neighbours will be affected by your verandah, as you may need their consent if your building project will affect them. Some examples include:
- If the verandah will be very close to the window of one of their habitable rooms
- If the verandah will affect their daylight
- If getting your builder and their supplies in will require damaging or removing the adjoining fence
You may also need specific permission from Council. Contact Council if you are unsure