Construction Planning Permits and How GHP Architects Helps You Meet Compliance Standards

23 January 2023

Given how robust the economy is, it would be silly to pass up the potential for construction employment in Australia, particularly in Victoria. Building, renovating, preserving, or tearing down an existing structure may be an exciting and challenging endeavour depending on the circumstances, regardless of whether it is done for business or personal reasons. Having said that, since initiatives of this nature almost always affect the surrounding area and the community, anyone who wants to engage in building projects must be current on the numerous musts and shouldn’t of the industry.

Importance of Construction and Building Permits

Construction permits are permits granted once the applicant has satisfied certain conditions, and the permit granted is particularly tied to the construction of the building itself. On the other hand, planning permits are legal papers that offer authorisation for the specific use or development of property and may be needed by the local council. These permits may also be referred to as building permits. Although it is possible to apply for both permits simultaneously, obtaining planning permission is necessary to obtain a building permit if the project in question needs one.

Steps In Getting A Building Permit in VIC

Selecting a Building Surveyor

The initial step in acquiring a building permit is selecting a building surveyor. You have the option of hiring a private building surveyor, such as Inform Building Permits, or utilising the services of the municipal building surveyor. Both options are available to you.

Building Application Form

After you have selected your building surveyor, the next step is to fill out a building application form. This step is required after you have selected your building surveyor. It is even possible for you to ask your builder or architect to submit an application on your behalf as your agent. To accomplish this, you will need to create a written document that gives the person of your choice permission to act as your agent in particular tasks.

Pay the Application Fees

Along with the application, you will be required to pay the appropriate fee and submit the specifications and allotment plans along with the drawings in triplicate. Additionally, the drawings must be submitted in triplicate. The project’s size and scope will significantly impact the total cost of the permit.

Requirement for Energy Efficiency Compliance

Compliance with the National Construction Code’s Energy Efficiency rules is one of the basic regulatory criteria for constructing in Australia (NCC). Generally, a house or building’s total energy efficiency rating considers the structure’s heating and cooling requirements.

The minimum needed rating for Victoria and South Australia dwellings is six stars. This 6-star certification requires a house to have the following features: a 6-star energy rating for building materials, a rainwater tank for toilet flushing or a solar-powered hot water system, and water-efficient shower heads and taps.

Construction of the Building Begins

After completing the application form and submitting the additional requirements, the building surveyor will determine whether the applicant has complied with all legal requirements. If all requirements are met, the building surveyor will issue the permit, which may or may not include stipulations. Work on your project can begin immediately when a permit is obtained.

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