Do not build without approval

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A mix up between a property owner and his builder meant that both thought the other was obtaining Council Development Approval for the rural property at Crystal Brook but in reality neither did. Once the structure was erected the Council didn’t like the structure (refer middle shed in photograph below) or the fact that it had been erected without approval. As the planning consultant that lodged the subsequent development Application for approval it was necessary to convince the Council Planners that structure warranted approval with reference to the provisions in Councils Development Plan. After extensive negotiations approval was granted and all parties where happy.
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Town Planning and Council Negotiations

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Many building constructions, renovations, additions or adjustments are straight forward and, if done properly, will fall within council guidelines. Done properly a town planning application should sail through the bureaucracy and approval process with the speed of an injured snail and only a wallop to your bank account. Sometimes you may hit a hurdle. Applications that are different, or where you try to go above and beyond your council’s approval guidelines will normally hit a brick wall. This is where you either have to go back and abide by council rulings and make modifications or you speak to someone who has the skills to negotiate with the council to get your plans approved. Negotiating with council is not something that Joe Blow off the street should really attempt on their…
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Home Renovations and Planning Approvals

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Are you planning to do some renovations to your house? Are you thinking it would be great to have an extra bedroom, bathroom or living area? Would a nice knew deck give you that much needed outdoor BBQ area? There are certain modifications that you may want to make to your house that will need to have approvals put in place first. In many cases a rule of thumb is that any basic “under roof” repairs or renovations can be done without Council Permits and anything where you want to make additions to your home – decks, bedrooms, bathrooms etc. will need to go through the approval process. This is just a general rule and it is always a great idea to discuss your plans with a Planning Expert before…
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Tips to Consider Before You Choose a Builder

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Building a new home is an accomplishment many people cherish for a lifetime. However, choosing the appropriate builder is crucial in order to keep your dreams intact. It is important that you get a homebuilder who is up to the task. There are many horror stories of builders using substandard materials and cutting corners to make a quick buck. There are also builders who are terrible to work with and make you want to abandon your building project altogether simply because you cannot just talk to them. You can make your job easy by using these 3 informative tips. Consider these important points before you choose a homebuilder. Background Check Do not be swayed by the banter or friendly personality of a homebuilder. His building credentials is what really counts.…
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