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Depending on the age of the building we may have a copy of the existing plans. You may however take the opportunity to redesign structures. Current building codes will apply and often this means that buildings in bush fire prone areas will need additional measures in place. Take advantage of a free advisory service offered to fire affected properties. Bookings can be made on 4780 5000.
Consider whether you will be using a builder or if you'll be an owner builder.
The type of approval needed will depend on the build. If development approval (DA) is required, we will waive the infrastructure contributions and the BMCC portion of the fees that may apply. We cannot waive State levies.
Development approval looks at the conditions of the land and the provisions of planning instruments. Among other things, it considers impact of fire on structures.
Along with the development application you will need to apply for a construction certificate (CC). This can be issued by Council or a private certifier. In some circumstances, you may be able to apply for a Complying Development Certificate. This is a fast track approval process.
Seek quotes for building work as soon as you have the development consent and construction certificate. At this point and prior to commencement of works you will need to appoint a Principal Certifier to complete a series of mandatory inspections at key stages throughout the build. On completion an occupation certificate will be issued. This can only be issued if all mandatory inspections have been completed.