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Development Questions and Answers

HOW BIG CAN I BUILD WITHOUT DEVELOPMENT APPROVAL?

Any building less than 15m2 in floor area with no span greater than 3m and no higher than 2.4m in the rear yard and not attached to an existing building does not require approval.

IS AN OUT DOOR DECK DEVELOPMENT?

If the deck is over 1m above ground level or it has a roof or walls it is development and requires approval. 

If the deck is in the front yard it will usually require development approval

Low decks in the rear yard without a solid fixed roof or solid walls do not require approval under 1 metre

CAN I BUILD ON THE BOUNDARY IN A RESIDENTAL AREA?

Class 10 buildings (garages, carports, verandahs) can be located on the boundary provided they do not link the dwelling with the boundary.

Dwellings can be built on the boundary provided they satisfy the requirments of the national construction code. 

No part of a building may extend past the boundary including gutters, and storm water must not enter the neighboring property

HOW BIG CAN I BUILD A SHED IN A RESIDENTAL AREA?

Ninety square metres or less of floor area and maximum 3m wall height Larger than this is not recommended and will require significant justification that it is a reasonable domestic building and will not detrimentally effect the locality Refer to Naracoorte Lucindale Plan for additional information).

WHAT PAPER WORK DO I NEED TO FILL OUT FOR A DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION?

1.   Signed and completed application form.

2.   Fees as per scheduled.

3.   Provide scaled site plan, floor plans, elevations, sections and engineering.

4.   If the cost of the development is over $15000 the CITB levy form must be filled out.

5.   Electricity act declaration form must be filled out stating that the development is not near powerlines.  If the development is near power lines then an additional referral and fee is required.

DO I NEED A DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION FOR A FENCE?

Any masonry wall over 1m needs development approval and any other fence over 2.1m in height or any fence within 6m of the intersection of 2 road boundaries (corner allotment) needs council approval.

All pools require fences and require development approval for both the fence and the pool.

HOW LONG DOES APPROVAL TAKE?

This depends largely on the type of application and the quality of the information provided.  For straight forward applications Council is currently working at about 2-3 week turn around.  For more complex applications the time could be up to 3-6 months depending on the number of referrals necessary, and the number of times that clarification of information is required.

CAN I START BUILDING AFTER I HAVE PAID MY FEES?

No building work can take place until Development approval has been granted by Council.

WHO DOES SOIL REPORTS IN THE AREA?

Bruce Jordan - Engineer   08 8725 9969

Tonkin Engineering    08 8723 5002

WHO CAN ASSIST ME IN DRAWING PLANS?

You may get assistance from your builder, or contact a Professional to assist in getting plans drawn. Look in the yellow pages under drafting, architects or building designers.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR A DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION?

The first step to an application is a planning assessment where it is assessed against the policies within the Naracoorte Lucindale development plan.

It then goes through an assessment against the Building Rules which entails checking against the National Construction Code of Australia for things like health and amenity, life safety, and structural assessment to ensure that the proposed development has been designed in accordance with the relevant Australian Standards

WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION TO HELP ME GET MY ASSESSMENT THROUGH?

The public are able to resource all the information at the Naracoorte public library. The library stock the National Construction Code of Australia, Timber Framing code and The Naracoorte Lucindale Development plan. Professional designers and builders can assist to get the details right with minimal effort on your part.

HOW LONG DOES MY BUILDING APPROVAL LAST?

You must substantially commence your development within 12 months of the Development Approval Date.  You then have 3 years from the Approval Date to complete your Development.  If you do not commence your development within the first 12 months the approval will lapse and you will require a new application.  Before your approval lapses you may request, in writing, an extension of time to commence.  Unless there has been a substantial change in the Development Plan or Building Rules within that 12 months, extensions are usually granted, however the completion date is rarely varied.