Want to build in early 2011? Remember these important dates…

If you would like to start building your project in early 2011, your window of opportunity is closing rapidly.

Can your project make an early 2011 build start date?

Here are some important dates that you should keep in mind.

Want to build in early 2011? Remember these important dates…

Your window of opportunity is closing rapidly if:

  1. You wish to start building in early 2011, and
  2. Your project requires a Planning Permit.

How do I know if I need a Planning Permit?

Generally speaking, when it comes to Residential 1, 2 or 3 Zoned properties, your project will require a Planning Permit if you are Designing + Building:

  • A New Home on a site less than 300 m2, or
  • A Multi-Unit Development

There are a few exceptions to the above, however these depend on which Council/Overlays apply to your site.

I do need a Planning Permit. How much time do I have left?

To make an early 2011 build start date, you should aim to have the following completed by the start of December:

1) Lodgement: Lodge your Town Planning Permit application with Council, and

2) Acknowledgement: Obtain written confirmation from Council that your application has been received and is complete.

Acknowledgment means that:

  • Council requires no further information from you, but more importantly that
  • Your Planning Permit Clock has started!

What is so important about starting the Planning Permit Clock?

Technically speaking, Council have 60 days to provide a notice to you of its decision – from the time your Planning Permit Clock starts.

Given this, you want your Planning Permit Clock to start well in advance of the Christmas/New Year break, because public holidays and weekends are INCLUDED in your 60 days.

In other words, you do NOT need to factor in more time for Council to process your application ‘because everyone is on holidays’.

Those who do not receive Council’s acknowledgment in December run the risk of having their Planning Permit Clock start delayed to when Council Planners resume in mid-January.

By starting your Planning Permit Clock at the beginning of December, your project will be on track to receive notice of Council’s decision around the beginning of February.

Once you have your Planning Permit, assuming no significant amendments, you should speed through the Detail stage and obtain your Building Permit in March.

By working towards these dates, we have even had Council Planners ‘rush through’ permits before Christmas because they wanted a clean slate before they went on break!

How can I build in early 2011?

If your project requires a Planning Permit and you want to start building in early 2011, then:

  1. You should really have completed any Assessments/Feasibilities/Site Acquisitions by now, and
  2. Your project should be in the Concept stage in September, so that
  3. You can aim to lodge your Town Planning Permit application by mid-November, so that
  4. You receive written acknowledgment from Council that your application has been received and is complete, so that
  5. Your Planning Permit clock starts no later than December 1st, 2010.
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