Building and Construction
VCAT hears and decides cases about commercial and domestic building disputes.
The dispute may be between a property owner, builder, sub-contractor, architect, warranty insurer, engineer or other building practitioner – or any combination of them.
There is no limit on the amount of money that can be claimed.
Claims for defective building works must be made within 10 years of the date of the occupancy certificate, or – where there is no occupancy certificate – 10 years from the date of issue of the certificate of final inspection.
If you need to urgently stop a party from doing something or make a party do something then you can apply for an injunction.
If you want to object to a building proposal or a planning permit being issued, see Planning and Environment.
Cases VCAT can hear
- Claims about domestic building works – if a home owner is one of the parties to the dispute, in most cases you must first refer your dispute to Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria (DBDRV) but there are exceptions. See Domestic building claims you can take directly to VCAT
- Applications from owner-builders for an exemption from the requirement to provide warranty insurance when selling a home
- Reviews of decisions of warranty insurers
- Claims about commercial building works
- Domestic building disputes that DBDRV has certified as not resolved or not suitable for conciliation
- Applications for review of certain DBDRV actions and decisions
- Applications by licensed plumbers to cancel a plumbing rectification notice or a plumbing order