COUNCIL APPROVALS PROCESS
Step 4. Council Approvals.
Once you've designed your home, got your owner builder license and have preliminary finance approval, it's time to get your plans into council to get your approval as soon as possible. Some councils can take a very long time to get an approval back to you and depending on the area you are in could reject your design. This is why it is important to get your plans in as soon as you are happy with them.
The council approval process
- Plans, engineering and insurances should be submitted to the private certifier
- This is assessed by the private certifier and forwarded to the relevant council for plumbing approval
- Also if there are any relaxations or special approvals this will be done at this time
- Plumbing approval comes back from council and any relaxations come back from council
- Private certifier assesses and approves plans
- approved plans go back to council
- Receipt from council is received by certifier and plans are released to you
Every council differs in relation to processing times depending on their work load, time of the year applications are submitted and whether or not the application is straight forward.
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A full inclusions list can be found here. In general however, the kit includes all materials required for lockup but does not include on-site labour, transport and delivery charges, site survey, site clearing, PC items, concrete for footings, Electrical and plumbing etc. more »
Delivery areas include all Australian states and territories. Arrangements can also be made for international deliveries excluding some countries. more »
As an owner builder/manager you are effectively cutting out the builder and therefore should make a saving of 20% to 30%. If you choose to be more hands on and undertake some of the manual tasks such as erecting the walls and roof trusses, installing windows, doors and painting the internal and externals etc, your savings will be increased further. more »
The process to obtain an owner builders permit is usually very straight forward. There are a few requirements and depending on which state you are building in, may also require you to undergo a short course (usually a weekend course), either online or at a training school. In most states a small application fee is payable. Click here for more owner builder information. more »
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This is determined by the size of the home. Generally we can have the kit on site within three to five weeks from time of ordering. more »
The entire kit can be delivered to your site in a shipping container, or part container and part by truck. Delivery can also be made in stages upon request. It is up to you what is more suited to your build plan. more »
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