Housing and Residential Land Development
The Building Commission (Victoria) releases information about approved building permits as revealed through levy returns lodged by building surveyors. The information shows the number of permits and the value of building activity by building use types across Victoria. Building use types include domestic and residential as well as commercial, retail, industrial, hospital/health care and public buildings. The information is compiled by the Levy and Building Information Team.
Quality and Applicability
Information about approved building permits is compiled specifically to monitor building activity across Victoria. Permits for large building projects are often issued over stages, so figures most closely approximate the level of building work approved to proceed.
Information about approved building permits is best to use if you want to know about indicators of building activity in your area over a given period of time.
Information about approved building permits is available for regions and local government areas. Figures are by building use types.
The Building Work Portal allows you to view building activity data dating back to 1998. You can select data periods by financial year, calendar year, quarter or month.
The Building Work Portal is a ‘living’ database maintained by the Building Commission. New information is released as it becomes available.
Information about approved building permits can be accessed through the Building Work Portal. Type in the period you require (month, quarter or year) and then select ‘Building Work by Region, Municipality and Building Use’ to see the report. Or you can customise the reports you want by selecting the type of data, range, geographical area and building work type.
Cost and Format
Information about approved building permits can be viewed online and is free of charge.
Contact the Building Commission on telephone (03) 9285 6400 or write to PO Box 536 Melbourne Vic 3001. Register to receive a free email service that will notify you when new figures are released.
Additional Data Source(s)
Information about approved building permits is available through the Victorian Local Governance Association online library of social statistics.
The Spatial Analysis and Research Branch is also involved in a number of ongoing research activities on housing and residential land development. These include Social-economic and Spatial Patterns of Change – Housing Markets, Affordability and Potential Dwelling which investigates spatial and temporal changes to the residential built form, housing markets and housing affordability at a small area level throughout metropolitan Melbourne. For research updates, see the contact details above or visit the Housing and Residential Land section of Urban and Regional Research.