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 Civil Lawyers can assist you by applying for an injunction.

If you want to object to a building proposal or a planning permit being issued, talk to Civil Lawyers.

Civil Lawyers can assist you in the following ares:

• 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. Talk to use about this issue!

• 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.

If you require expert legal services in relation to all VCAT matters, speak to us as soon as possible so that we can advice you and adequately prepare you for the range of legal matters and options open to you that you will need to consider.

We are ready and able to provide advice, appear and also brief experienced Expert Counsel on an urgent basis to attend in order to best defend, safeguard and advance your rights and interests in all VCAT law matters.

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Melbourne court district

Civil Lawyers can be found on the Suite b Level 6/326 William St, Melbourne Vic 3000 corner of Latrobe Street and William Street on the North East corner opposite Flagstaff Gardens and Flagstaff Station which is easily accessible and reached through the Victoria wide and Melbourne wide rail network.

Further, our offices are very close to all the Courts and are easily accessed by the Melbourne tram network.


This landmark corner of the Melbourne legal precinct houses Civil Lawyers – a firm of professional, experienced lawyers, guaranteeing you affordable legal service excellence.