Renovations and repairs
Renovations and repairs can extend the life of your home and could have a positive impact on your investment. It is always best to do your homework before beginning any modifications, upgrades and additions as well as researching the costs involved, especially the precautions and responsibilities if asbestos is involved.
Dependant on the scope of works you would like to undertake, such as minor internal or external changes that don't alter structure or services, council approval may not be necessary. To find out if your renovation works are exempt you can view the exempt development code.
When renovation works require alterations to services such as plumbing, drainage, gas and electrical, approvals and inspections are required by the relevant authority.
The Department of Fair Trading is a valuable resource and great starting point when researching and planning renovations. It provides information on the building process, the home building compensation fund, insurance, becoming an owner builder as well as the records you should keep after you've finished renovating.
It is always best to talk with Council in the early stages of planning to check what your requirements may be as well as checking out our information on the various types of developments or types of applications. You can call our duty planner or building surveyor on 02 4934 9700 (available 8.30am to 12.30pm) Monday to Friday at Council's administration building.