In Australia, most residential renovation and building projects require building permits or planning permits, and in many cases both. If you are looking to renovate your Melbourne house, you might be feeling excited yet overwhelmed by the paperwork required to ensure you adhere to all the necessary rules and regulations.  There are serious consequences for undertaking illegal construction work, but fortunately, Duncan Thompson Extensions is an experienced Melbourne home builder offering a full service solution. This means we manage everything to do with your build, permits and approvals. This blog discusses the permits you may require, why they are needed and the consequences of undertaking construction without the necessary approvals.

Why Are Permits Required?

There are many reasons why building permits are needed, most of which are to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the construction process. Building Permits are put in place to ensure that buildings comply with the Building Code of Australia, The Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2018, and enforce specific construction standards, providing the peace of mind that the structure will be wired, plumbed and constructed to meet Australian standards.

The Difference Between Planning and Building Permits

If you are building, extending or renovating your home, you may require a planning permit, a building permit, or both. If you are unsure of the permits you need, you can seek advice from your local council, you can consult a qualified building surveyor or you can get in touch with a local residential home builder experienced with construction in your suburb.

Planning Permits:

Are issued by your local council and gives permission to develop or use land in a particular way. You may require this permit for a new home, extension, renovation or an additional dwelling on the land. If a planning permit is required, it must be issued before you can obtain a building permit. Applications for planning permits may need to include:

> Proposed design/architectural plans

> Planning report

> Shadow diagrams

> Any other relevant documentation

Building Permits:

Are written approval given by a private or municipal building surveyor, this document certifies that the proposed construction work complies with the relevant building regulations. A building permit provides the occupants with protection by ensuring:

> the building contractor is registered and carries the required insurance

> the construction will be carried out correctly and according to building legislation

> independent inspection at key stages of the project

> the finished building is suitable to be occupied

A building permit requires an occupancy certificate or a certificate of final inspection on completion of the building work.

What are the Consequences of Performing Construction Work Without the Right Permits?

Undertaking construction of a building or structure without the required permits is illegal, and can result in a fine of $75,000 or even more, depending on various factors of the structure and location

Renovating Your Melbourne House

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