The right way to get a Building Permit

The right way to get a Building Permit

Once you have your Planning Permit your next step is to create your Building Permit Documentation.

Building Permit Documentation

Building Permit Documentation is necessary to:

  1. Gain a Building Permit
  2. Give detailed building instructions to your Builder

Problems usually arise when Building Permit Documentation succeeds in the former goal yet fails in the latter.

How can plans gain a Building Permit yet be insufficient for a builder?

Building permits are designed to protect your building and, more importantly you.” – The Building Commission

The Building Commission’s primary purpose in requiring a Building Permit is for your protection.

That is, to ensure that your building conforms to the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

Investors/Developers, on the other hand, assume the Building Code will be met as a matter of course.

Their primary purpose for Building Permit documentation is for the finished dwellings to look the way they expect them to look.

Conflict arises in areas where the BCA is silent (ie. details that are not required to be on plans) but that matter to the Investor/Developer.

Any point where your documentation omits detail is where you allow your Builder to ‘interpret’ your plans.

Interpretation is one of the key reasons for differences between the Builder, Architect and Client.

How to get the details you want.

The best way to ensure you get the details built that are important to you is to ensure that your building designer has building experience.

That way, they can view your Building Permit Documentation through the eyes of both:

  1. Your Building Surveyor – who grants you a Building Permit, AND
  2. Your Builder – who will be using your documents as structural and aesthetic instructions.

In future articles in this series, we’ll discuss in more detail how to navigate this phase of your project.

Conclusion

The next step after gaining your Planning Permit is to create Building Permit Documentation.

Building Permit Documentation is necessary to:

  1. Gain a Building Permit.
  2. Give detailed building instructions to your Builder.

It is not uncommon to succeed in gaining a Building Permit yet fail to provide detailed enough instructions to your Builder.

Wherever your instructions lack enough detail is where you force your Builder to ‘interpret’ your plans.

The best way to ensure you get the dwellings you want is to ensure that your building designer has building experience.