Rooming House

Rooming House

Are you considering renting out rooms in your house for accommodation? If so, special building regulations may apply and you may require a building permit.

Application and Checklist


You may also require registration with Council’s Public Health Services Department as it may be considered as ‘Prescribed Accommodation’.

Please contact the Health Department for advice on the registration.
Public Health Services
Phone: (03) 5036 2591

Fees and charges

Building permit fees are to be paid upon lodgement of your building permit application.

Please contact the Building Department for advice on the building permit fees.
Building Department
Phone: (03) 5036 2396

Building inspections

Inspections are an important and mandatory part of the permit process.

The following compulsory inspections are required for all new building work:

  • Before placing footing (foundation excavations, stump holes, slab steel reinforcement).
  • Completion of framework (sub-floor frame through to roof structure).
  • Final inspection on completion of all building work (before occupation and/or use of the building).
Arrange a building inspections by contacting our building department during office hours. Please quote your building permit number. A minimum of 24 hours notice is needed.
Building Department
Phone: (03) 5036 2396

Essential Safety Measures maintenance

Owners of commercial and accommodation buildings of Class 2-9 must maintain all Essential Safety Measures that are installed in a building.

Essential Safety Measures include:

  • Fire hydrants
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire hose reels
  • Emergency lighting and exit signs
  • Smoke detection systems
  • Fire sprinkler systems
  • Paths of travel to exits
  • Exit doors

Building of Class 2-9 are:

  • Multi-storey buildings
  • Dwelling units
  • Motels
  • Guest house
  • Offices
  • Shops
  • Warehouses
  • Factories
  • Hospitals
  • Public buildings
  • Schools

If your building was constructed or altered after 1 July, 1994, all essential safety measures will be listed on your Occupancy Permit. This permit will also detail the level and frequency required for this maintenance.

For buildings constructed before 1 July, 1994, any essential safety measure installed in the building must be maintained to ensure it functions properly.

The Victorian Building Authority’s Essential Safety Measures Maintenance Manual sets out all the requirements and responsibilities of property owners.