Speeding up the Town Planning Process

The following principles underpin your town  planning permit process:
• Strategic basis – your proposal  addressing schemes concisely and clearly express a strategic vision and policy basis approach.

• Clear and consistent – Standard provisions apply across the State and are clearly expressed, and having your application address these in the form required by council to highlight clear and consistant information.
• […]

What you should know when building a wall on a boundary

Arky Design Permits is encouraging anyone planning to build on the boundary of a property to make sure they accurately identify the title boundary line to avoid encroaching on an adjacent property.

any encroachment may be considered a trespass of land.

“Encroachment could result in the adjacent land owner taking the property owner to court to seek […]

Asbestos Removal

Asbestos was used in firmly-bound and loosely-bound building materials throughout homes built before the late
1980s. The most common asbestos is in firmly-bound, which was used in:
• Asbestos-cement sheeting;
• Fibro water or flue pipes;
• Roof shingles;
• Flexible building boards;

• Imitation cladding;
• Plaster patching compounds;
• Textured paint;
• Vinyl floor tiles; and
• The backing of linoleum floor coverings. […]

When Do I Need A Planning Permit?

While building permits generally relate to the construction of a building or development, planning permits relate to the zoning of the land, including whether the land can be used for residential or commercial developments. Not all projects need a planning permit.

Planning permits are legal documents giving permission for a land use or development, and may […]

Building A Home- Tips For Attaining A Cooler Home Enviroment

The design of your house is a very important matter when building in Melbourne. By using the right building plans, you can save a considerable amount of money. It is possible to build an effective home by using the right design and construction process. If you are thinking of applying for building permits to execute a […]

Do I need a council permit for a deck or pergola?


Arranging and paying for permits is the right thing to do, and will ensure that your decking and pergolas are built safely and properly.

When it comes time to building your deck or pergola, you will first need to make sure that you have approval from your local council. Though you may be advised by friends […]

National Construction Code (NCC) 2014 AMENDMENTS

Changes to the BCA 

Improving early response to residential fires through interconnection of alarms
For a number of years now the BCA has required smoke alarms, or where appropriate,heat detection alarm systems throughout residential occupancies. The location of the alarms in strategic positions such as a hallway serving bedrooms is designed to allow an early response by occupants to a fire.

The size or layout of some residences can create situations where a number of alarms may be distributed throughout the occupancy (eg two storey dwellings). In a Class 1  building, within sole‐occupancy units of a Class 2 or 3 building and in a Class 4 part of a building, alarms  will be required to be interconnected so that when one alarm is activated it will activate all other alarms in the occupancy.
This feature will increase the likelihood of occupants being aware of the presence of a fire.

Whilst acknowledging that the final Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) demonstrated a net cost, the Board considered the following factors in its conclusion to include a  requirement for interconnection of smoke alarms in sole occupancy units in Class 1, 2, 3 and 4 buildings where more than one alarm is provided:
The life safety of building occupants, and particularly those in residential buildings (acknowledging additional risks associated with being asleep), was considered to be of paramount importance.

The cost to the community of interconnecting alarms at the time of construction is  not considered to be large.

Acknowledging that the RIS meets COAG guidelines, the Board was of the view that  saving of a life through the interconnection of alarms represented a greater value to  the community than that presented in the RIS
For many years, the BCA has contained requirements for stairway treads, landings   and ramps to have slip‐resistant, non‐skid or non slip properties. However, the BCA did not identify what level of slip
resistance was required or how it could be measured. This situation created uncertainty, risk and disputes about what was considered acceptable.

An Australian Standard for measurement of slip resistance existed but was not considered appropriate for referencing in the BCA. A recent revision of this standard (AS 4586) resolved these issues and, as a consequence, we are now able provide an answer to the question, “What does slip‐resistant, non‐skid and non‐slip really mean?” NCC 2014 includes minimum slip resistance classifications for different scenarios and references AS 4586 –2013 as a means of determining slip resistance.

It should be noted that the NCC will allow acceptance of test reports based on the  2004 edition of AS/NZS 4586 and issued prior to the 2013 edition of AS 4586 being referenced in the NCC. However, test reports prepared after the BCA reference date of the 2013 edition of AS 4586 must be based on that version

New 2014 Building Regulation Amendments


Melbourne Builders,  we have just received a couple of important Building Regulation amendments that have been in the pipeline for some time now.

1.Walls on boundaries now can be up to 200mm instead of the 150mm from the boundary and still be deemed on the boundary. Yes for those of you that have been […]

Bushfire Management Statement Consultant – Sample Report

This Bushfire Management Statement template has been prepared to assist applicants respond to the requirements of Clause 44.06 Bushfire Management Overlay, and associated Clause 52.47 Bushfire Protection: Planning Requirements. The statement contains two components: • A locality and site description, that is used to identify the existing conditions of the site and surrounds, in accordance with the application requirements of Clause 44.06-2. • A bushfire management statement, that is used to calculate the defendable space and construction requirements and show how the application meets the relevant objectives, standards, mandatory standards and decision guidelines of Clause 44.06 - Bushfire Management Overlay and Clause 52.47. Click on the post to read more about the Bushfire Management Statement Consultant Report.............

Building Controls for Bushfire Safety – Interim

This updates the previous Interim Practice Note 2009-42 issued August 2009. Building in bushfire areas requires careful planning, siting and design. Class 1, 2 or 3 and associated Class 10a buildings must be designed and constructed to reduce the risk of ignition from a bushfire while the fire front passes. The building requirements are set out in the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Click the post to read more about Building Controls for Bushfire Safety......