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Australia – Property Building and Renovation

Planning Permission in Australia

In Australia, it is necessary to apply for planning permission to build or renovate a property. The procedure is as follows:

  • Obtain a project from an architect or building designer
  • Submit the project to the local council or relevant state authority for approval
  • Once approved, obtain a building permit from the local council or state authority

Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas, and Preservation Orders

If your property is listed or located within a conservation area or preservation order, there are additional rules and regulations to follow.

  • Listed buildings require approval from the relevant state or territory heritage council for any alterations or renovations
  • Conservation areas and preservation orders may have restrictions on the type of changes that can be made to the property’s exterior

Finding Reliable Builders in Australia

When looking for a builder in Australia, it’s important to find someone reliable and trustworthy. One way to do this is to look for builders who belong to a professional organization.

  • The Master Builders Association (MBA) is a professional organization that represents builders and contractors in Australia. They can be contacted at info@masterbuilders.com.au or 1300 30 50 10.

Permits and Licences

When building or renovating a property in Australia, there are several permits and licenses you may need to obtain.

  • Building permit: Required for any new construction or major renovation
  • Occupancy permit: Required before you can occupy the property
  • Electrical permit: Required for any electrical work
  • Plumbing permit: Required for any plumbing work
  • Demolition permit: Required for any demolition work

Finding a Local Architect in Australia

If you need an architect to design your project, you can find one through the Australian Institute of Architects.

Buying Land in Australia

If you’re buying land in Australia, there are a few common pitfalls to be aware of.


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  • Make sure you have planning permission before purchasing land
  • Check the boundaries of the land to ensure they match the land registry
  • Be aware of any environmental or conservation restrictions that may affect the land
  • Check for any easements or covenants on the land that may restrict your use of the property.


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