What You Need to Know About Achieving Council Approval – Episode 8

You need to know about achieving council approval if you’re planning a development project or even just changing the use of a building.

In this 10-episode video series, Colin Fragar, our founder and CEO, shares the top ten things you need to know to achieve council approval.

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Or for those that prefer to read, here is a transcript of the video…

If you’re thinking about getting council approval, this is the eighth video in a 10-video series about the common blind spots in achieving council approval. We want to make sure you don’t make these mistakes. And, really, to make you aware so you don’t get hit in the side of the head with them without realizing that they may come.

Mistake #8: Not Expecting Requests for Further Information

My name is Colin Fragar from Council Approval Group. As you probably know, we’ve made a whole list of these in Your Ultimate Guide to Council Approval. So, if you don’t have a copy, please grab one from our website, councilapproval.com.au.

Number eight is getting blindsided by a request for further information after submission. What we mean by this is, after we prepare your development application and submit it to Council, you may think, okay, that’s done. But actually the process, in a way, has only just begun. After lodgement, the assessing officer will look at absolutely everything that you submitted, every fine detail. They will look at, probably, literally, 200 to 500 different things to make sure it either complies or it’s within the rules. Perhaps there’s room for departure based on our planning report, loopholes, to be able to achieve council approval.
So whatever it is, just be prepared when you load your development application and we put it in for you that you may get a request for further information.
That’s not a bad thing. Just work with the council. Let us work with the council. Don’t call the council directly and, as a result, put your foot in it and upsetting them. And we’ll get more to that in other videos, in the next couple. But that’s just a great tip that I have for you. Just be prepared and expect a request for further information from the council.

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Do you think you need a development application? Please call us. Book in an appointment and speak to us at one of our designated times on councilapproval.com.au.

I’m Colin Fragar from Council Approval Group.