The Ins And Outs Of A Building Permit

If you are thinking about undertaking a building demolition in Melbourne you will need to look into getting a building permit, or even check to see if you will be eligible for a permit before you move any further into making plans. Building permits are issued by either council members or registered building surveyors and are required by law, if you are going to be doing any demolition work, and even construction, alteration or extension work and if you are planning on making any other changes to your commercial or domestic building in Victoria.

This is due to the Building Regulation 2006 which states a building surveyor must ensure that all demolition and construction works are carried out to specific standards which include health, safety, amenity and energy efficiency matters. Along with this, you may be surprised to know that many of the buildings in and outside of the CBD are covered by heritage overlay which may mean you are not able to demolish them – in extreme cases you may even be restricted from altering them in any way. Once issued, the permits will outline any certain procedures, safety codes or work codes which you will need to adhere too. So of course, before you go ahead and bowl something down, you must find out if you are permitted to do so.

There are a number of steps which you will need to follow throughout this process in order to ensure everything is done correctly, before, during and upon completion of your project. However, you may not specifically need a permit for every single bit of work you do to your residence, or other building, however, it is important to find out if the work you are planning on doing does require a permit. For example, any residential or commercial demolitions in Melbourne specifically need a permit. The easiest way to find this out is to check with your local Victorian council.

As I mentioned previously, there are many things which will need to come into consideration for your permit to be approved, or in some unfortunate cases, when the permit is not approved. You will need to let the council know of everything your plan entails, such as the extent of your demolition, construction or landscaping plans, site plans, any environmental risks or hazards, your proposal for waste management and the likes. It may seem like quite a lot, but chances are these are all things you have considered already, or so you should have, so it’s really just a matter of writing them down and getting the paperwork needed to begin!

It may seem like quite a hassle, but trust me, it will all be worth it! You could face serious fines or even compromise the safety of yourself or workers if you do not go ahead and get the building permit. In the long run, it will only cost you a headache, and probably your wallet, if you do not get this done. However, most demolition companies will not begin work if they have not seen the permit anyway, so it really will halt your plans.

At the end of the day, the building permit is designed to allow your project to run smoothly, without any accidents or hazards, or any significant buildings being destroyed! We urge you to find out more about this before planning your next project.

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