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Town Houses & Units

Here Are Some of the Issues You’ll Face…

Town Houses & Units

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or drowning in endless paperwork and compliance, you’re not alone. The planning system is complex and can be frustrating for homeowners and investors.

Putting together a townhouse application can be extremely hard and tiring and dealing with council can be a nightmare, not to mention the whole process can be very expensive in both time and money. Plus, we’re pretty sure, you have better things to do… That’s where we fit in!

It’s what we do, all day, everyday. With a team of 10+ highly knowledgeable and experienced town planners, property consultants, registered architect and draftsman we’re pretty good at what we do.

What Rules Do I Need to Comply With?

Having worked on hundreds of townhouse projects over the past 25 years common compliance rules and questions to consider are:


Car parking – Car parking for multi dwelling housing can often be the deciding factor which can make or break your development. However, a council may be agreeable to your development providing alternative contributions towards public infrastructure in lieu of allowing a reduction to on site parking rate. How do you know what type of contribution or agreement is appropriate and how do you negotiate these solutions with your council?


Design considerations – State policy has recently been upgraded. Not all architects are familiar with these policies and choice of the wrong architect could land you in unforeseeable problems in getting the plans to meet the state and local requirements for well-designed buildings and strata plans.


Scale of development – Developers need to realise maximum returns on their residential flat buildings, and this can put them on a collision course with council or their neighbours, who want to see a lower density of development to preserve streetscape character. How do you go about reaching an ideal balance where you achieve economic returns but not at the expense of streetscape character? Having a good rapport with council’s and minimising resident objections can make a difference in getting your approval over the line.


Appeal rights – What if your council decided not to approve your DA for a multi dwelling housing proposal? What if you believe that you have strong grounds to appeal council’s refusal of your DA through the NSW Land and Environment Court? How do you know what the correct appeal process is? Who can you get to help you pull together all the legal documents that will need to be prepared and lodged with the Court.

Town Houses & Units

And Here’s How We Can Help…

Town Houses & Units

We understand that getting to the point of having the right approval for your townhouse is not an easy journey. It’s one that needs the best experience the industry has to offer. That’s why we’re here to help… We’d love to make your council approval journey for townhouses simple and as pain free as possible.

We’ve worked on hundreds of townhouse projects and have dedicated town planners and designers that specialise in this type of development application.

You can glean from the wisdom we’ve gained from all of our past projects. 25 years of being in the industry and our 50 consecutive years of experience has taught us a few things.

Ready to get started? Book in for your Free 30 minute consultation.

Thank you thank you THANK YOU for all the help you have given me through my development application… It has been full of many challenges but we won in the end…. I have Development Consent!

Natasha Shandler, Business Owner

Colin and the team at The Council Approval Group are always honest and ready to assist with our development questions. Highly recommend you chat with them prior to your next development application. Could potentially save you tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars!!

Anthony Simon, Entrepreneur and Business Owner

Just Some of Our 12,689 Projects to Date...


We understand & we have all the answers you need...

Based on our 25 year history, we have a 98% success rate in achieving council approval. Of course this is based on following our proven systems and our 7 step formula. The key? Our Preliminary Planning Assessment, inclusive of your personal Project Strategy Session.

To get that success rate it has only come after helping over 12,000 people. We’ve worked hard to smooth out all the kinks before they appear by carrying out this Preliminary Planning Assessment (PPA) on your property. It works a treat, especially for what it can do for you, the journey of the project and its future.

Want to learn more about a PPA and how to get one? Book a FREE CONSULT

We could make up a fantasied timeframe to wow you, but to be straight up the length of getting an approval is dependent on the project development type, the local council, who examines your application within council, location of the property within the local council and on the property itself, and the list goes on. The approval process will no doubt take longer than you expect because we are dealing with administrative red tape.

But what our team has done has studied the 12,000+ applications we have been involved in and analysed the 300+ flight years of team council approval experience to create a formidable system.

So to answer the question, how long does it take for us to get council approval? The fastest in our industry.

We have over 20 team members lead by our founder Max Fragar with his 50 consecutive years of town planning and council approval knowledge. The team is made up of skilled town planners, property consultants and designers that we have hand picked to work on your project. It turns out that we’ve had over 300 collective years of experience working and dealing with local government councils.

What does this mean for you? One word, streamline. We know how to talk the council lingo, can perceive even predict the ins and outs of those council hoops of fire, and understand the nitty gritty to work tirelessly to achieve the best outcomes for our clients and their projects.

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Over the last 25 years we’ve been able to perfect our service and systems throughout NSW. And we’re excited to share with you that we’re almost ready to start offering our services to those in other states.

Hold tight, Australia wide coming soon.

Get ready, this could be the best decision you’ll make in the lifetime of your property portfolio.

If you’re looking at a property or already own one and you’re serious about making the property work harder for you, the next step is to book a free 30 minute consultation to speak to one of our property consultants.

In this initial discussion you’ll help us to understand the seriousness of your intent about moving forward with your property plans and to see if we’re the right fit for each other.

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