A building permit is required to build, renovate or demolish a verandah. There may also be other requirements to consider.

The classification of a verandah under the Building Regulations:

  • a roofed structure that is at least 2/3 open,
  • associated with another building
  • not used for the covering/storing of vehicle(s)

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?

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 the Heritage Overlay area.

Verandahs are often a strong part of the historical image of a property, so if your property is under a heritage overlay, it is unlikely you will get permission to build a modern verandah or to remove an existing one entirely. If you want to replace your heritage verandah, consider what styles were common when your house was first built, and that will fit with the historical image.

Is the verandah 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 verandah 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 another water authority governs your area. Without this consent you won’t be able to successfully apply for a building permit.

After you have 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 verandah. You will need permission from the relevant authority to build on, under, over or around easements or relevant overlays.

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
  • The verandah will affect their daylight
  •  Getting your builder and their supplies in will require damaging or removing the adjoining fence

You may also need specific permission from Council. For questions or more information, contact Council's Building Department on 9518 3555.