Renovation of a home which will result in a change to the shape of the home, or the size of the home will require an approval.
During the assessment of an application, consideration is given to compliance with planning and construction requirements and the degree to which your project may affect surrounding properties.
In the Sydney area, there are two systems for assessing applications and issuing approvals:
- Local Council approval system
- State Government approval system
Local Council approval system
The local Council approval system has two stages known as Development Application and Construction Certificate, commonly known as D.A. and C.C. When you use the local Council process you need both the D.A. and C.C. approved before you can commence construction.
State Government approval system
The State Government approval system, commonly known as a Complying Development, is a single stage process. After the application is approved, you will obtain a Complying Development Certificate (C.D.C.). After this Certificate is received, construction can commence.
Reasons for employing either approval system
There are differences between the D.A. and C.D.C. process.
The D.A. process through Council may allow you an opportunity to discuss modifications of some rules, if the proposal that you are presenting is reasonable and meets the Council’s objectives.
The C.D.C. process, however, is completely non-negotiable. You must comply with all requirements for a C.D.C., otherwise your application will not be approved.
How to know which approval system is best for your project?
The decision to select the most appropriate approval system requires an excellent knowledge of the rules and requires experience in this area. Your Designer needs to be able to give you good advice about which process is going to be the most beneficial to you and your project, and why.
Using the Council process will take longer, but the benefits of achieving a more suitable design outcome for your project may be the most crucial factor for you. In other cases, your project will comply with the State Government regulations and therefore be approved sooner.
With extensive experience in dealing with both Councils and the State Government regulations, and a 100% success rate of all approvals, we can guide you through this process and advise on what will best suit your project.
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