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Building approvals

Every job needs to be designed properly to ensure you can get a building approval.

Getting a building approval

All residential building work involving a new home or a renovation to a new home needs a building approval. Building approvals have different names in each state and territory. A building approval must be obtained before any building work can start.

Preparing for a building approval

Getting building approval normally involves plans and details being given to council, or a private building survey or, showing:

  • How the home will be built
  • The technical details of the construction including all the materials to be used
  • What Building Code of Australia requirements (BCA) will be met.

No two houses are the same. That means every job needs to be designed properly to ensure you can get a building approval.

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HIA’s Building and Planning Services team work across Australia to help members understand rules and regulations, and get DA approval. More

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