Building Planning Process

Unit code: NBC2001 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Online Real Time


Private and municipal building surveyors carry out the statutory role of ensuring that proposed residential and commercial building projects meet relevant compliance requirements prior to issuing building permits in accordance with planning permits. This unit is concerned with the fundamental planning considerations for residential buildings in classes 1 and 10 and commercial buildings in classes 2 to 9 as defined in the National Construction Code (NCC) and up to three storeys and not more than 2000 square metres in floor area. It introduces students to planning and preparation required to assess planning application, assessment of planning application documentation, assessment of revised design plans and finalisation of planning permits.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse relevant approving authority requirements for assessing and issuing planning applications and building permits and ensure adherence to relevant administrative processes;
  2. Investigate relevant planning documentation, including drawings, for each building project and assess each application for compliance with relevant legislation, codes, regulations and local planning authority requirements;
  3. Analyse documentation supplied by at least one external consultant for each planning application, to ensure information is accurate and complete and to determine compliance of the planning applications and building permit;
  4. Assess all non-compliance and produce a range of alternative solutions for client consideration; and
  5. Develop and document final building permit for each building project, noting specific conditions and validity of each permit.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 10%
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 30%
Tests (3)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 50%
Team design project
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 10%
Team design project oral presentation

Required reading

Available for free online (no cost):

Building Code of Australia Class 1 and Class 10 Buildings
National Construction Code Series (2016) Volume 2 | ABCB Publications, Canberra
Building Code of Australia Class 2 to Class 9 Buildings
National Construction Code Series (2016) Volume 1| ABCB Publications, Canberra
Energy efficiency provisions
National Construction Code (2016) Volume 2| ABCB Publications, Canberra
Energy efficiency provisions
National Construction Code (2016) Volume 1| ABCB Publications, Canberra

As part of a course

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