Welcome to building and construction strong RED TAPE costs which face all prospective owners, clients and builders in our regulated industry
Unfortunately, we don’t set the documentation rules.
The costs cover not only Consultants documents and drawings but also Local Government (Council) and Building Commission WA documentation requirements.
Generally, all Local Government require a 2-stage process:
Stage 1 Planning Approval
Planning approval requires submission of a site plan and architectural conceptual/general drawings only.
Planning approval is then granted based on compliance with the Council Planning policies for things such as; intended use, occupancy, setbacks, height, car and population density, etc, etc.
A fee to Council is payable for this.
This is NOT a building permit and does not authorise construction.
Once you have a Council Planning Approval letter you need to go back a second time to obtain a building permit.
Planning approval is not the end of it.
Stage 2 Building Permit
To obtain a building permit you will generally need to provide the following documentation to Council.
While this may appear difficult, these are the current policies under which the industry must work.
We hope the explanation is clear enough.
Let us know if you need more or call if you just want to discuss any aspect.