Nillumbik Building Surveyors


Nillumbik Building Surveyors issue building permits for both domestic/residential and commercial projects across metropolitan Melbourne.

We service projects both within and outside the Nillumbik Shire Council boundaries.

The team at Nillumbik Building Surveyors have extensive experience in the assessment and issue of building permits and carrying out mandatory building inspections. 

Our services are distinguished by reliability, expertise and a customer-focused delivery of building surveying and inspection services.


What is a building permit?

A building permit is written approval from a registered building surveyor, such as Nillumbik Building Surveyors, certifying that your plans meet minimum standards and comply with the Building Regulations.

A building permit is required before the commencement of building works, which includes construction of new buildings and demolition and/or alteration of existing buildings.

Please note that planning permits and building permits are different. Depending on the type of development you may require one or both of these permits. Find out more about the difference between planning permits and building permits

Do I need a building permit?

A building permit is generally required for:

  • External work including extensions, verandas, garages and second storeys
  • External work requiring windows or walls to be moved or altered
  • Any new building
  • Demolition of a building
  • Change of use of a building eg: from warehouse to dwelling, or dwelling to rooming house
  • Construction of fences
  • Construction of a swimming pool or spa
  • Minor structures eg. carports, roller doors etc.
  • The installation, alteration or removal of any Essential Services

Find out more at Do I need a building permit?


The building permit process

Learn more about the steps involved in applying for a building permit, including

  • Do I need a building permit? 
  • Building permit application checklists
  • How to submit your application
  • Online lodgement for private building surveyors

Find out more about applying for a building permit


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Meet the Nillumbik Building Surveyors team

Rohan Doyle

Assistant Building Surveyor

Rohan has more than six years' experience within the Building Services Customer Service area and can assist with lodgement of any building-related applications, including technical enquiries.


Fleur McDonald

Building Customer Service and Administration Officer

Fleur joined the Building Team early in 2021 after working in the Environmental Health Team at Nillumbik Shire Council for six years. Fleur can assist with the lodgement of all building related applications and inspection bookings.


Cassie Lindsay

Building Customer Service and Administration Officer

Cassie has background experience from a previous council in the building department and can assist with the lodgement of all building related applications and inspection bookings


Melanie Porqueddu

Cadet Building Surveyor 

Melanie joined the Building Services team in 2021 as a cadet Building Surveyor, and is currently working in the Building Services Customer Service team while studying Building Surveying. 


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Chris Dal Santo

Deputy Municipal Building Surveyor  (Compliance & Inspections)

Chris started his working career in the building industry on the tools as an apprentice carpenter and then a qualified carpenter in the family business for ten years before changing career paths to become a registered building surveyor. Chris has a wealth of knowledge and experience in mandatory and compliance inspections as well as issuing building permits, specialising in domestic building work.

  • Registered Building Surveyor limited (BSL 61428)
  • Building Inspector Unlimited (INU 47018)
  • Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying - Victoria University


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Shane Townley

Building Inspector/Assistant Building Surveyor

As a registered building inspector and assistant building surveyor, Shane’s role is to assist in servicing the Building Control area; carry out legislative requirements relating to mandatory/enforcement inspections and assist with processing of Building Permit applications. Shane has over ten years’ experience in the construction industry having worked in a variety of environments; acquiring both office and field experience ranging from Civil Engineering and Land/Engineering Surveying to Building Surveying, Inspection and Consultation.

  • Registered Building Inspector Limited (INL 59042)
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Building Surveying) - Dundalk Institute of Technology


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Mehran Khademollah

Manager Building Services (Municipal Building Surveyor)

As the Municipal Building Surveyor, Mehran’s role is to ensure Nillumbik Shire Council continues to fulfil its building control obligations under the Building Act. Mehran has over 17 years of experience working for local government and the private sector.

  • Registered Building Surveyor unlimited (BSU 31307)
  • Graduate Certificate in Performance Based Building Codes – Victoria University
  • Bachelor of Technology in Building Surveying – Swinburne University of Technology
  • Masters in Social Science (Town Planning) – RMIT