10 Oct Development Approval: The Low Down
As the building industry is a highly regulated industry in Australia, getting your development approval application across the line with the council can be one of the trickiest parts of the entire development process. Sometimes dealing with the council can be a straightforward process but oftentimes it can be an experience fraught with bureaucratic headaches and endless documents.
Essentially, development approval is obtaining consent from the council to begin your project. There are three types of consent, depending on the type of development.
Development Plan Consent
Where a development will impact on an area, or others within an area, planning consent is generally required. This would apply to new homes or the premises being changed from a shop to an office for example. It is dealt with by a planner who checks the application against the Development Act, Development Regulations and the Development Plan.
Building Rules Consent
If a development involves construction of some kind this type of consent is required. A building surveyor will assess the application specifically looking to make sure that in meets the requirements set out in the Building Code of Australia and any other relevant Australian standards. It is dealt with by either the Council or a private certifier.
Land Division Consent
Required when there is a movement of boundaries such as a consolidation of two allotments or the creation of new ones. This is dealt with by a planner and requires assessment from other professionals such as civil engineers.
It’s quite common that more than one type of consent is required before approval is granted. The developmental approval document, once obtained, will specify the guidelines that the development must follow (i.e. structure, location and design) along with the timeframe that needs to be adhered to.