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Do I need a Building Permit - Melbourne Pergola - Verandah

Do I need a Building Permit - Melbourne Pergola - Verandah

When considering "Do I need a Building Permit - Melbourne Pergola- Verandah in your backyard ensuring that it complies with government regulations is becoming a first consideration to ensuring your goals can be achieved.

The growing complexity via BCA, ResCode and Town Planning need to be satisfied. A Verandah is an extension of a dwelling triggering of rules and requirements to get council or building modification approval prior to obtaining a building permit.

Pergolas under 20m2 - if complying to town planning and general building requirements Melbourne pergola might not need a planning or building permit.

Note: A pergola is a unroofed project. This means no roofing at all. If uncertain check with your local Municipal Building Surveyor at your council. Pergolas over 20m2 will need a building permit.

Verandah - is a roofed project whereby gutters are required to control discharge of water and many more rules are associated to these projects including:

  • Shadowing - to adjoining properties, dwelling, habitual windows and private open spaces.
  • Height - to boundaries, council requirements
  • Length - to boundaries
  • Size - including site coverage (often properties can only have either 50 or 60% maximum site coverage ie: total building within a lot.
  • Materials - type , durability, colours etc.
  • Design and style including impact to adding dwellings, streetscape, prevailing adjacent sites.
  • Fire considerations including Bush Fire requirements. separation to habitual buildings
  • Location and setback requirements just to name a few of the items reviewed for every project.

Do I need a Planning Permit? (Melbourne pergola - Verandah)

The best way to find out whether you need a planning permit is to contact your local council's Planning Department.

While building permits generally relate to the construction of a building or development, planning permits relate to the zoning of the land, including whether the land can be used for residential or commercial developments.

Not all projects need a planning permit. Melbourne Pergola or Verandah buildings will need to be reviewed and some councils and zones do have exempt's applicable relating to these project types but regrettably some do not or have almost silly requirements for triggering a town planning application.

A main course of triggering being structures above 3m ( this means almost any gabled verandah structure is included) and floors above 800mm.

  • Remember applying for a Planning or Building application does guarantee approval.
  • Timeframes are a minimum 8 - 12 weeks from lodgement with councils generally treating a Verandah no different to a town house development in terms of procedure and timeframe.
  • If council see open area, height, site coverage not to their (councils staff) individual liking then a project might simply be rejected regardless of little to no impact to surround area.

We find this process a main cause of owner discouragement about doing a building legally and frustration to outcome and timeframe outcomes. Please don't blame the builder or drafting company generally its not their fault as their goal is your goal.

This link a useful resource and a good preparation is to check what council planning is applicable to your property.

A good preparation for your property is to check what council planning is applicable to your property

Do I need a building permit for my project?

This is a very common question and essentially most projects will require a building permit. There are some exemptions and certainly many uninformed builders and friends can unknowingly provide incomplete advice.

It best to check if you need a building permit to ensure your project will comply to building and planning requirements. Ensuring you have a copy of your house plans will be required to ensure building plans can be prepared.

The following links provide valuable information :

Summary

So its clear there is a very long list of things to consider when the question Do I need a building permit - Melbourne Pergola - Verandah for my project is raised. The answer can never all be fully known until all information concerning your properties existing conditions and zoning are reviewed and impact from proposed project fully considered.

Even when we do this every day every situation is site specific and does require therefore specific review. Our experience can provide an expectation but we don't provide the approval.

Note: Not always will council's approve owners requirement and there is variations between one approval in one council and that approval for the same project in another location or council.

To reduce your costs your own investigation prior to employing us to "apply for permits" will provide you an full understanding of what might be required, including costs and timeframes. We are always willing to provide our view at the earliest oppertunity in development of your project.

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