After many long weeks (or even months) of planning and researching, you and your builder are ready to go. It's understandable that you're excited to break ground, but be wary of getting caught up in the moment.
Be sure you don't sign your contract, and don't start any work on site, until you have all the relevant building approvals in hand.
Here's what paperwork you need to have before you can sign your contract and start building.
Your Development Application (DA)
Your local council is your first port of call, and you will need to submit a DA in order to get their approval to build.
They will want you to show evidence of your new home's specifications, detailed plans, and reports - they will provide you with a complete list of the documents you need to submit. And you’ll need to pay the application fee.
The building approvals process generally takes around six weeks, though this depends upon your local council's current workload, or if they have a backlog.
Getting your DA is also dependent on the reactions of your neighbours or other residents nearby. It is wise to get in touch with those who live near you and inform them of your intent to seek building approval. This can prevent running into uncomfortable situations later on, in the rare event that someone does oppose the construction.
Your development application and some brief details of your plans will also most likely be advertised in a local paper before the council will extend their seal of approval.
Your Construction Certificate
Once the council has approved your building plans, you will be presented with a 'Development Consent' document. Once this has been issued, the council will send an inspector to survey your site. If all is well, it won’t be long before you receive your Construction Certificate. Once you've got it, you're ready for action!
Though waiting for building approvals can be frustrating, having to stop once you've started would be much worse, and in addition, may involve legal complications. Just buckle up and sit tight, as the minute you've got these two papers, you can get started right away.
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