Simple tips for applicants dealing with councils
Are you a home owner, property developer, builder, architect or project manager? Are you about to undertake a development, house extension or renovation? We strongly recommend you read the tips below before submitting the development application to council.
CHECK COUNCIL REQUIREMENTS
- Obtain the latest copy of council planning rules to ensure your DA complies with them.
Most councils have checklists - use one to make sure you have provided all the drawings and information council requires.
If your application doesn’t comply in all respects, justify any non compliance in the planning report which forms part of the DA.
CONSIDER THE NEIGHBOURS
Realistically assess the effect of the proposal on the neighbours.
Explain the project to the neighbours. This may lessen or even eliminate their anxieties about the proposal and minimise the likelihood of their lodging an objection.
Make sure you are aware how your building project will affect adjoining properties – for instance, do shadows fall on the living room windows of adjoining houses. Try to minimise impacts wherever possible.
COMMUNICATE WITH COUNCIL
- Allow enough time for the council to approve the application.
- Contact the case officer frequently to check on progress and answer any questions.
- Be prepared to modify your application to obtain an approval.
- If you need to modify anything - make sure you understand what council wants changed and why.
Please contact Neustein Urban if we can help you through the council approval process.