One of the biggest obstacles faced by both seasoned and beginning property developers is getting a planning permit or just about the whole development approval process. Many budding developers feel disheartened at this stage because of unheeded applications and changing legislation but how can you really deal with town planners and councils so you can get your project up and running?

Development approval is about your project’s impact on the environment and neighbourhood and to get the green light, you will need a designer or architect to come up with proposal plans to submit to the local council. Building permits, on the other hand, are concerned with the construction standard of your project, which needs to meet all local building regulations.

Development policies

The Government develops planning policies for housing which are implemented by local councils. These policies aim to satisfy economic targets, environmental objectives, and social needs. The goal is to provide space for new housing and support population growth. These policies also aim to increase housing density, reuse land where possible, and protect the area’s amenity and heritage overlays.

Pre-construction requirements

Construction can’t carry out until a building permit has been issued and the builder is registered and carries appropriate insurance. The key stages of work will be inspected by a surveyor to ensure that the project is constructed and completed correctly. Sometimes, a building surveyor requests further information or that the drawings be amended and resubmitted. Subdivision projects may require a subdivision permit, which subdivides one lot of land into smaller portions for each dwelling. A planning permit from the local
council will then be required for separate titles.

Application process

Each region has its own planning laws, so it’s important to visit the local council to find out specific requirements and avoid inconveniences down the line. Once your architect has completed the drawings, you will lodge these with the local council, along with other relevant documentation. The council will notify you to acknowledge that your application
has been lodged and a planning officer has been assigned to assess it.

The planning officer will study your development plans and make sure they fit the usage and design of the area. You may be asked to supply more details at this stage and even modify some parts of your proposal. You need to consider the pros and cons of the council’s ideas and decide whether to modify your project design or not. The council will also consider any objections based on legitimate planning issues.


Your application may be reviewed by the council engineering department for any drainage issues, traffic department, arborist, water and sewerage, and road authorities. If there are objections, a conference will be conducted to attempt to resolve any issues. Once a recommendation is done, the council will decide whether to approve or refuse your application. If your application is approved, a planning permit will finally be issued! If the
application is refused however, you may lodge an appeal within a period of time. Visit your local council to find out more details.

These are just some of the things you will need to go through before you can even start constructing your project! Let us walk alongside you in this process! Get in touch and our
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