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Unauthorised Building Works

Unauthorised Building Works

Here Are Some of the Issues You’ll Face…

Unauthorised Building Works

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.

Seeking approval for unauthorised building works can feel like endless paperwork and compliance. The planning system is complex and can be frustrating for homeowners and investors.

Putting together an application for retrospective consent 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 Unauthorised Building Works projects over the past 25 years common compliance rules and questions to consider are:


Building Certifiacte – It is likely that you will need a building certificate as well as a development application. What you say… Do I need two types of approvals? Depending on your local government rules and procedure it often takes more effort to do a retrospective approval process than if the right procedures had been followed prior to construction. We can help you navigate the right approval process.


Timing of Application – It will be important to get the timing right in terms of whether a development application is lodged at the same time as a building certificate or if they are lodged in sequence. The wrong move here can unstick you.


Keep Moving Forward – The key here is to keep moving forward. If you have unauthorised building works then it means in the even of an accident, fire or flood, your insurance company will not cover you. Insurance policies do not cover ‘illegal building works’. So its really important that you keep moving forward and get the right approvals in place. Don’t leave it any longer.


Building Code Of Australia – The challenge with building work completed that actually needed approval is that we now need to prove to council that the works were done in accordance with the Australian Building Code. Whilst a normal construction would have a private certifier or council certifier do periodic inspections and effectively ‘take ownership’ of the building works, where the construction has occurred without approval it means the onus shifts to the landowner to prove the works have been done in accordance with the Australian Building Code. We handle so many of these that we have a proven systematic way to do this.

Unauthorised Building Works

And Here’s How We Can Help…

Unauthorised Building Works

We understand that getting to the point of having the right approval for your Unauthorised Building Works 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 an Unauthorised Building Works simple and as pain-free as possible.

We’ve worked on hundreds of Unauthorised Building Works 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.

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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.

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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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