Making the decision to renovate your home, or to build a new project altogether is an exciting prospect. Your head filled with dreams and bright ideas, ready to undertake a new and exciting project! But, suffice it to say, it’s not without its stresses. In fact, you might have your construction plans ready to go, your building contractors paid and ready to begin; but without permission from your local council, it will soon bring everything to a halt. Don’t worry, here’s your guide to quick development application process.
Provided that you do your research and put together a thorough application, then you shouldn’t have to worry. Follow this step-by-step guide and you’ll be on your way to having that dream renovation.
What is a Development Application?
A development application is exactly as it sounds: a formal request within your local government area to construct or extend a building. It is made up of various forms and documents, which will demonstrate the viability of the project and how it adheres to all relevant regulations.
- You should include site plans
- Architectural designs
- Independent reports from specialist areas
- A statement (if applicable) noting any political contributions
Before your contractors can begin construction, you will need to apply for a construction certificate. This too will need to be approved by the council and is either done after or at the same time as the DA approval.
The development advisory unit is who you will be dealing with directly when it comes to the development application process. You’re best speaking to them before going ahead and making any applications (particularly if it is your first time). It is there job to try and speed the process up as much as possible, which means looking for any potential problems that might occur and informing you before-hand. This means that when it does come to applying, you shouldn’t have any issues whatsoever (provided everything is in order and you have followed the strict guidelines)
What you will need
1 – A filled-out application form (downloadable from the planning department page of your local council website)2 – Signed owner’s consent form (easy enough if you are the landowner)3 – Statement of environment effects
You statement of environment effects should include:
- A list of any existing structures on the site>
- A detailed description of the site and any vegetation in and around it
- A description of what the site has been used for in the past and what it will be used for following your project development
- A description of your building plans in great detail
- Possible environmental impacts and how they have been identified by you and the steps that will be taken to lessen or alleviate any detrimental effects
- 4 – Scaled site plans including framework / drainage etc
- 5 – Thorough floor plans indicating layout / windows etc
- 6 – Elevations and sections detailing how many storeys etc
- 7 – An Electricity Act Declaration Form (EADF) stating that the proposed project will be scaled far enough away from any power lines
- 8 – Additional documentation (where necessary) e.g., heritage conservation listing or site prone to flooding etc.
How long will the application process take?
All in, it could take up a couple of months. This is of course, assuming that you are thorough in your research and present as much information as possible in accordance with regulations. If you don’t want to encounter any problems down the line, then you should ensure that you go through the motions properly and gather everything before going ahead. Best of luck!