What Permits Do I Need For A Development?

If you’re building a multi-unit development, obtaining the necessary permits is absolutely crucial. Whenever you build more than one dwelling on a single lot, special planning and building permits are required. Without the right permits in place, your progress will be hindered due to serious management issues and possible financial and legal complications. The permits required for multi-unit developments fall into two categories: planning permits and building permits.

What is a multi-unit development?

Before we look at specific permit types, it’s important to understand how a multi-unit construction is defined in Australia. This type of development includes all projects where more than one dwelling is built on a single lot. Whether it’s multiple houses, townhouses, or units, various rules apply under this classification. While multi-unit developments are getting more popular across Australia due to town planning and population growth, they remain subject to strict local council regulations and residential building codes.

Planning permits

If you’re thinking about developing or using land in a specific manner, it’s vital to obtain the right planning permit. This is particularly true for multi-unit constructions, all of which require approval from the local council. Before a building permit can be granted for your development, you must have a valid planning permit in place.

When you apply for a planning permit, you need to provide to-scale plans of the entire construction. This comprehensive overview must encompass detailed site and neighbourhood descriptions and highly structured site, elevation, and floor plans. Additionally, you need to include an accurate material schedule, along with specific shadow diagrams.

After submission, the local council will carefully examine the provided documentation and decide whether or not to approve the planning permit. Once a permit has been granted, you can proceed with the application for a building permit. Keep in mind that specific supporting documents may vary based on the site’s location, the size of the development, and the policies of your local council.

Building permits

Along with a planning permit for your specific site and construction, you also need to apply for a building permit. This special permit provides assurance to the council that your proposed project is compliant with all necessary building regulations. A building permit is obtained through an assigned building surveyor. It offers written approval for the development, allowing work to proceed based on your plans and supporting documentation.

By obtaining a building permit, you gain an extra layer of protection over the project and its finances. Among other things, the permit certifies that all builders working on the project are registered and insured. It also ensures that the construction is backed by the correct documentation and that key stages of the project have undergone independent inspections.

Getting a building permit comes with a condition: an occupancy permit or certificate of final inspection needs to be obtained upon completion of the building works. These certifications affirm that your development is suitable for occupation, giving you professional assurance and peace of mind.

The following documents are needed to apply for a building permit:

  • Correct application form and fees
  • Letter of appointment
  • Detailed architectural drawings
  • Current soil report
  • Structural and footing designs
  • Certificate of compliance
  • Domestic building insurance
  • Copy of the Title of Certificate
  • Subdivision plan
  • Structured easement details
  • Legal point of discharge
  • Energy efficiency assessment
  • Roof truss computations and layout

When obtaining a permit for your multi-unit development, a building surveyor might impose specific conditions on the development. These conditions often need to be met before construction can progress. For example, they could include the need for additional inspections during the construction phase, or they may require you to implement protective measures for your neighbour’s property. If your building works are unique, complex, or in close proximity to other properties, complications can arise. From the initial concept to the final build, securing the right permits is crucial with any multi-unit development.

To help alleviate stress and prevent potential delays, it’s highly recommended to enlist the services of a seasoned multi-unit builder. At Costas Constructions, we can oversee the entire process on your behalf, offering expertise and guidance to ensure a smooth and successful project. Reach out to our team today.