Which Types of Home Renovations Will Need a Planning Permit?

Which Types of Home Renovations Will Need a Planning Permit?

In Australia, the concept of land ownership is one of the most extensive in the country and with countless cases being brought to court due to disputes; it’s now more important than ever to ensure that your home renovations follow the guidelines and protocols associated with these types of activities.

Which types of projects require planning permission?

Generally speaking, any project whereby walls will be placed, earth will be moved, or when a construction may block, restrict access, OR rely on foundations will typically need permission.

This includes:

New rooms

For anyone hoping to add a new room to their home, it can be very important to follow the correct procedures before even buying the bricks and cement. Failure to do so can lead to the room needing to be demolished in extreme cases – and this is why planning permission can be so important. Fortunately, most home renovation agencies will provide consultation services to their clients and during this initial introduction, it’s advisable to seek guidance on how to apply and maximise the potential for approval.

Roof extensions

Roof extensions typically come in two forms; the closed roof and the open one. In the former instance, a closed roof will often be used to completely encase a room below and where walls are concerned, planning permission can be required. In cases of pergolas and gazebos in a garden however, the main limitations relate to height and as long as these guidelines are followed – planning permission won’t always be a necessity.

Home expansions

Whether you’re expanding upwards or outwards; if the walls are a permanent feature, if they rely on foundations, or if they connect to a space that could be considered functional – then you may require planning permission. More information can be obtained from a building designer or contractor however, so it’s always a good idea to obtain advice before going ahead with any projects.

Swimming pool construction

Although swimming pools will typically be situated underground, the fact that pipes, sewers and other important facilities can be present beneath the soil means that any construction will first need to be approved before proceeding with plans.

As long as the construction company hired to take care of the pool build is reputable, then the chances are that they will already have the necessary procedures in place to secure approval; as well as to check to see if there may be any issues underground. A consultant can help with defining the right shape and space for the pool, but it will be the responsibility of the home owner to ensure that they adhere to all guidelines.