Where to start with building work

The specific requirements for the building work will depend on the size and nature of the work, however generally the following will need to be undertaken: 1) Talk to a builder/designer about any res...

Renovating

Thanks to reality television, people can be forgiven for thinking home renovation is a simple, quick and painless process. But the reality of home renovation can be hard work, sweat and tears and some...

Application for building siting discretion (INFO 022)

An application for a building siting discretion is a request made to Council to allow a building or structure to be sited closer to a boundary line than allowed by the acceptable solutions of Mandator...

Siting of structures - building over or near water, sewer or stormwater services

Buildings are to be clear of Council's infrastructure (sewer, inter-allotment drainage and water mains). If the proposed building is over or near infrastructure you may be asked to: Submit an appli...

Removal dwellings and buildings

A removal building is: the removal and/or demolition of a building or structure, whether for rebuilding at another site or not. the rebuilding of a building or structure relocated from another sit...

Fences & retaining walls

Depending on the proposed development, a fence and/or retaining wall can be sited: on the common boundary. within your property boundary. in accordance with a planning approval. in accordance wi...

Driveways (footpath crossovers) & works in the road reserve

Driveway The driveway for a house, dual occupancy, bed & breakfast establishment or home-based business is generally self-assessable. An operational works permit is not required for carryin...

Pools & spas (INFO 039)

There are a number of considerations to explore before building or erecting a swimming pool, spa or wading pool. The Building Act 1975 defines a swimming pool as an excavation or structure: Capable...

Sheds, shipping containers & tents

Building or using additional structures around your property can provide space, storage, access and added value to your property. Following the guidelines below will assist you to keep your neighbours...

Water meter connections

A water meter is a device that records the amount of water being used on your property. The meter known as the "primary" meter is situated at the property boundary. + - Individual water ...

Application for nomination of road frontage (INFO 047)

An application for nomination of road frontage is a request to have the major street on a corner block identified for construction purposes. The prescribed relaxation, pending on the width of corner s...

Electronic document submission of privately certified building approvals

The purpose of the following guideline is to outline and explain the procedures for private certifiers to electronically submit all building approval documents. Benefits of electronic submission...

Rainwater tanks

Information about rainwater tanks approvals and requirements can be found in our 'Rainwater tanks - new builds and retrofitted tanks' article.

Greywater systems (INFO 019)

Greywater is domestic waste water generated from showers, baths, spas, wash basins and laundries which can be diverted for use on lawns and gardens. Toilet waste and kitchen sink greywater is excluded...

On-site sewerage

A large number of properties across the region are not connected to a reticulated sewerage system. The treatment and disposal of all wastewater generated on these properties must be undertaken by an o...

Stormwater and drainage

Stormwater is rainwater that runs off surfaces such as lawns, roads, roofs, car parks and natural ground surfaces. Water that is unable to enter the underground drainage system will find its natura...

Backflow

Backflow occurs because a condition exists in a water supply system that will cause back-siphonage or back-pressure. Back-siphonage can occur on a property through a vacuum created in the water supply...

Footpath gardens

Footpath gardens can beautify streetscapes and these gardens may be permitted if they meet Local Law criteria. The garden bed must: Be a maximum 500mm off property boundary Need to allow for a 3m...

Installation of advertising devices (signs)

An advertising device (a sign) means a structure or device, which is visible from a road or other public place, which conveys information or directions of any kind. Subordinate Local Law 1.4 (Ins...

Requirements for geotechnical reports

The purpose and applicability of this information sheet is to: Ensure that development in any area of potential instability or landslide has proper regard to factors affecting land stability (e.g. ...