So, you’ve completed your research, know the exact outdoor extension you want and are just about to contact a Stratco outlet for a quote. Before you begin leveling the site, be warned, you’ll probably need a building permit long before you start shifting dirt!!
Permits are usually required for nearly all minor structures, such as a carport, your Stratco outback sunroof verandah, an outdoor gazebo, pergola designs, etc.
Furthermore permits are usually the responsibility of the owner and need to be obtained long before any work can be started. It’s also worthwhile to note that the fees for your building permit need to be paid before it will be passed. And there is also the extra cost of the State Government’s Building Permit Levy. There can be a huge difference between the fees charged to lodge a permit, so it’s a good idea to contact your local council and find out just how much extra you’ll need to budget for.
Most councils have a reasonably simple building permit application online for you to download. To complete the form you will need to know who your extension company or architect is, and at least have an estimated cost. Building Permits vary slightly, from council to council in what information you’ll need to give them. So you’ll need to go onto your council’s website, call them, or pop into their offices to find out exactly what they require.
Information, such as a very detailed plan of the proposed extension, site dimensions, soil test, etc. also need to be lodged when you put in your permit. This can also vary a little between councils, again, you’ll need to contact your local council for a list of what else needs to be submitted.
Time taken to pass a Building Permit can range from six days to six months! So maybe when you contact your local council, ask for an estimation for how long it could take for your permit to be passed.
Hmmmmmm, sounds tricky doesn’t it…….
But, have no fear, most extension companies that handle Stratco products are reputable and should be able to advise you on how to make sure your building permit is lodged successfully.
Contact Strong Life Constructions on 03 9310 4455, enquire on our website, or email us firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange one of our friendly team members to visit and quote on any of our range of extensions.