The right way to obtain a Building Permit

Ok, so your Planning Permit has been granted…hallelujah! The next step is to obtain your Building Permit.

To achieve to this, your town planning drawings must have detail added to bring them up to the standards required by the Building Code of Australia.

In short, we must create Working Drawings and a Building Specification.

These are necessary to:

  • Obtain a Building Permit
  • Provide detailed instructions to your Builder

The basic components to be collated are:

  • Copy of Title
  • Drawings
  • Specification: (materials, finishes, fixtures, fittings)
  • 6 Star Energy Rating
  • Planning Permit and Stamped Plans

A lack of detail in these drawings means that your builder will have to guess how to construct certain aspects, and hence may deliver a finished product different to what was intended.

The best way to avoid this scenario is to engage an experienced building designer, who understands the level of detail which needs to be documented in order to eliminate • guesswork • on the builders part.

To complete this documentation process, input from several specialists may be required. Such as:

  • Geotechnical (soil) Engineer.
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) consultants
  • Specification: (materials, finishes, fixtures, fittings)
  • Traffic Planner
  • Accredited Energy Rater
  • Structural Engineer
  • Fire Safety Consultants
  • Landscape Architect
  • Environmental Consultants
  • Civil Engineer

Once you have your working drawings and Specification documents complete, it’s time to engage an experienced construction estimator to compile a costing.

At this stage, it is still possible to re-work the internal aspects of the design, and alter the inclusions list to help bring the project in on budget.

Design Subdivide & Build can compile and co-ordinate all items necessary to obtain your Building Permit. If you wish, Design Subdivide & Build can also organise construction quotes from our small group of trusted builders.

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