Updated 1 March, 2023
When it comes to building work, one question that homeowners often ask is how much work they can do before they need to obtain building approval. This is an important question to ask, as failing to obtain the necessary approvals can result in fines and legal issues down the line. In this blog, we will discuss the requirements for obtaining building approval, specifically in cyclonic regions.
Living in a cyclonic region means that there is no minimum size shed or small amount of building work that can be exempt from obtaining a building approval. This means every building project, no matter how big or small, requires building approval. This includes sheds, decks, carports, garages, building extensions, and patios.
The purpose of a building approval is to ensure that the building work is carried out in accordance with the relevant regulations and standards, and that the safety of the occupants is not compromised. Obtaining building approval involves submitting detailed plans and specifications of the proposed building work to the local council or private building certifier for assessment and approval.
In a cyclonic region, building approvals are even more important, as these areas are subject to extreme weather events such as cyclones, which can cause significant damage and pose a serious risk to life and property. Building approvals in these regions are designed to ensure that buildings are designed and constructed to withstand the forces of a cyclone and are safe for occupants to shelter in during such an event.
Another common misconception is that you can change anything you like provided it’s under the existing roof. This is FALSE, particularly when changing a non-habitable area (carport, patio or the like) into a habitable area (bedroom, rumpus, sunroom or similar). There are numerous factors such as finished floor levels, ceiling heights, smoke detectors, structural integrity and weatherproofing that must be considered, so generally, an approval is required for anything other than a very minor change.
We understand the importance of obtaining the necessary approvals for building work in our region and we can assist you in obtaining the required building approval by reviewing your plans and ensuring that they comply with the relevant regulations and standards. Our team has extensive experience in providing building approvals in cyclonic regions, and we will work with you to ensure that your building project is safe, compliant, and meets your needs.
Because we live in a cyclonic region, there is no minimum size shed and no small amount of building work that can not get a building approval. Everything in a cyclonic area needs a building approval. So, come and see us, we’ll look over your plans and we’ll get that all approved for you.
Call our office at any time to discuss your building project that needs approval.