Articles - New Homes

Construction Permits & Inspections - Part 1

30th August 2017

People, Permits, Planning

Building a new home is not a simple process, and there’s plenty riding on the final result, your family’s happiness for a start. So, this process is, and should be, tightly regulated.

Of course, that means people, processes, paperwork and sometimes some headaches.

So we’re here to help give you some clarity and a better understanding of how to go about getting started to make sure you’re compliant and heading for a safe and satisfying outcome.

Don’t take shortcuts, they only lead to dead ends and lengthy diversions. Follow the process the right way, and you’ll be rewarded with a smoother process and a high quality new home to move into.


Permits & Inspections

From the planning stage to on-site completion, there are several different people involved in monitoring and making sure the construction of your home is compliant. Land use, development and building is controlled by local planning and building laws that cover everything from the building itself to plumbing and electrical regulations and utility providers.

If your new home is going to happen on a land estate, please be aware that they sometimes have their specific guidelines that go above and beyond other regulations.

Local Council & Planning Permit

If your block needs a planning permit to build your new house, you’ll need to get in touch with your local council and investigate the process for approval of the plans and drawings; This is how you make sure that your proposed new home will meet their planning scheme standards.

If your new home passes this test, then a planning permit will be issued, and from there the plans go on to the next stage of assessment by a local council building official, or in some states and territories, private building certifiers can get the job done too.

Building Certification

Building certifiers will check a wide range of items on your new home from the foundations and framing to natural light and ventilation. They will also look at fire safety, safe access and the materials used in the build.

Certification also involves a thorough check of the plans to make sure they comply with required ‘setbacks’ (the distance of the home from the property lines). Your builder will be given a planning permit/approval when your plans are approved.

Ok, so you’re part of the way there. Check out Part 2 where we’ll complete the picture and take you through to the end of the new home building process.