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You want to build your dream home, knockdown rebuild, renovate, or simply extend. You’ve found a licensed builder and you’re now ready to get the ball rolling.

The planning and approvals phase of any construction can be an arduous process due to the time it can take to obtain the necessary plans and permits which will enable you to start building.

Having a proactive and well recognised licensed builder on your side can make the process stress-free and seamless.

The permit application process varies depending on different states and different local councils. It is there to ensure your build is safe, legal and respectful of both the environment and the local community.


Planning permits are legal documents that give the builder/ home owner the permission to develop the land. It covers boundary restrictions and the aesthetics of the development.


A building permit is a written approval that the proposed project is ready to commence. It indicates that the plans and specifications comply with council regulation.

It’s important to check whether or not you need a planning permit before you apply for a building permit as this can differ between councils and states.


While your builder will most likely handle the planning and approvals phase of your build, it’s also essential that you stay informed of the process. Here are some extra tips to help you along the way:

  1. Speak to your neighbours and keep them informed – most permit objections come from neighbours that feel your project will affect their privacy, views or natural light. Therefore, keeping them up-to-date on what you’re doing might save you from getting objections in the first place.
  2. Do your research – Doing some research into the planning and approvals phase of your build will ensure that you thoroughly understand the process. Your builder will be able to assist you with this; however your local council website can also provide you with a wealth of information.
  3. Be proactive – Getting your planning and building permit can be a slow process if your local council has a lot of backlog. Therefore, ensure that you or your builder are following up with them regularly to ascertain how far away your plans are from completion.

Contact your local Hotondo Homes builder here to have any of your building questions answered.

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