What do I need to know?

To find a record of construction between 1850 and 1915, you need either an application number or an estimated date of application. All land owners had to do was submit an 'intention to build' notice to the City. No plans were required.

If you think the construction took place between 1916 and 1961, read the page on building plans and building application files. Records of applications from around 1961 onwards are still held by the City of Melbourne.

How do I search?

Enter a rough year range for a record unit close unit Definition A Unit is a storage container to store physical records. A Unit may be a box, bundle, plan press drawer, tube etc, containing individual record Items. A Unit may also be a single volume. You can order Units for viewing in one of our Reading Rooms. which included a listing of all applications to build.

About these records

Prior to the Local Government Act of 1915, rather than applying for a building permit, prospective builders needed to send a "Notice of Intention to Build" to the City’s Building Surveyor. Our collection contains thousands of notices  submitted between 1850 and 1915.

Next Steps

Once you have found records of interest to you, order close order Definition Physical records can be ordered for viewing in PROV’s reading rooms.  When a user orders a record, it is reserved solely for their use. them online and then view in our Reading Room.

What are in these records?

Short letters and forms addressed to the Building Surveyor from owners or builders stating the intention to build in the City of Melbourne.

Information includes :

  • address or location
  • nature of works
  • date work will commence
  • name of builder
  • architect (if any)
  • name of owner
  • date of notice