It’s certainly not luck! Our approach has been formulated, tested, adjusted, tested and readjusted over our 50 years consecutive experience in the industry.
Here we share with you our proven 7 step formula to achieving council approval. And don’t be tempted to skip a step. Each step is fundamental to the success of our 14,000+ projects that have gone before you. It is also how we achieve council approval every 2.5 days for one of our clients.
0.0 FREE CONSULTATION
The purpose of this consultation is to better understand your project, what you are trying to achieve, and your time frame for achieving council approval.
In the call, our council approval consultant will ask you a variety of questions to assess whether we can help you move forward on your project, or whether we can refer you elsewhere.
Your complimentary consultation will not be a sales pitch to use our services. It will simply be an initial conversation to see if you and your project are a good fit for what we do. If we think you are a good fit, then we will suggest that you proceed with a Preliminary Planning Assessment.
1.0 PRELIMINARY PLANNING ASSESSMENT (PPA) & PROJECT STRATEGY SESSION (PSS)
A Preliminary Planning Assessment and it’s Project Strategy Session, originally conceived by Council Approval Group, is a property analysis report and planning discussion.
Not only is the purpose of this step to help you to make a well-informed decision about the potential development options of your property, it predicts the sleekest course for an approval and anticipates the smoothest way around and through any anticipated speed humps.
2.0 DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION (By our Town Planners)
A comprehensive and properly prepared development application by our team of experience Town Planners and property professionals will give your proposal the best possible chance of success.
3.0 PLAN PREPARATION (By our Architects)
Plans are an integral part of the application and council approval process. Your choice of designer will significantly impact your proposal and how it might travel through council.
Council Approval Group has an in-house, award winning professional architecture and drafting team that work alongside our town planners to create tailored designs of the highest quality, but more importantly design plans that are council approvable from the start.
Did you know that council liberally reject development applications because of missing documentation? Rude, we know!
Our planners are thorough. They’re equipped with the know-how and foresight to prepare and present quality applications.
During the application process, more often than not, council will ask for a ‘Request for Further Information’ (RFI). Our years of planning experience help us to act quickly with the right and necessary responses to council.
We aim to prevent any unnecessary delay caused by council’s RFI’s by acting quickly to progress and accelerate an application.
6.0 DETERMINATION & 7.0 CREATE
You’ve received approval – congratulations!
Council often have guidelines and regulations around approvals. This quality check is called a ‘Notice of Determination’ and sets a benchmark for the quality of development and construction associated with your approval.
Our team will organise a phone call discussion with you where we unpack the conditions of consent and the next steps logically for you. If a construction certificate or subdivision certificate is part of getting that end result we also make ourselves available to help you with that.
People say there is no other firm in Australia that has the experience in dealing with local government approvals than we do.
Today, after 25 years in business, our team of over 20 town planners, architects, and local government specialists have helped over 14,289 people navigate council approval. Our in-house team specializes in helping property and business owners like yourself navigate the approval process from any council.
We proudly continue the admirable and worthwhile quest and mission that Max Fragar envisioned all those years ago. You will find strength in the depth of our team and confidence in the breadth of our experience.
“We needed a town planner as a matter of urgency in order to equip us to confidently bid on a property at auction. I engaged them and received a thorough assessment within 2 days! I was very grateful for their honest approach.”
“From our first phone call we gained a sense of confidence… This was our first development and they coached us through the whole process… Even though we are beginners they communicated to us in a respectful and informative way. We would recommend their services.”
“The team were totally professional and a huge support… the detail and attention given to our project gave us full confidence in their work. ”
“I needed some urgent assistance with a project and Council Approval Group handled my project with knowledge of what needed to be done. I was confident that I could leave my approval in their capable hands. They displayed a level of expertise that you wouldn’t normally come across in just any planning consultancy. “
“We liked the look of Council Approval Group after researching many other planning websites. They were very easy and friendly to talk to and understood how to speak to council on our behalf. After only a couple of weeks we were able to get the answers and results from council we were looking for. “