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How close to the boundary can I build a house?

1st February 2017
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Unfortunately this is not a straight forward question. Each council has their own rules and regulations and this is affected by your site overlays.

Ask your property developer or local council about the setback distance required between the front of the house and the street and the separation required between the house and side wall.

Building outside your boundary lines can have various consequences that may be expensive.

On the off chance that you have purchased a piece of land that does not fit in with your home design, you might have to find another property to go with or change your design.

As a home builder you are responsible for abiding by all rules and regulations that are applicable to your block. You should stay on top of changes in regards to:

  • Australian Standards;
  • Local Council Requirements;
  • Building Act Requirements;
  • Building licensing authority Requirements; and
  • Trade practices legislation.

Building outside your boundary lines can have various consequences that may be expensive. Failure to build in accordance with your setback can cause issues for your design as well, if you are required to change it.

Most of the time you see new builders making these mistakes in regards to their misplaced fences or driveways. However, sometimes mistakes are made to the whole house, sheds or other structures due to a lack of research into their local council rules. Do not make this costly and timely mistake; be up to date to ensure you are covered and use all the expert advice you can find.

Do your research, make the most of newhomesguide.com.au and that way, you’ll know you’ve put in the hard work needed to maximise your chances of a smooth building process.