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How to know if your renovations need council approval

Knowing the legalities surrounding renovations is essential!

Renovations on the sly can cause a whole world of trouble - as our homeowners in Oxenford discovered after spending considerable time and money rectifying an illegal garage conversion from the previous owners.

No matter how big or small your renovations are, it’s important to start by checking with your local council about any approvals that may be required.

There are some instances where minor structures may not need building approval - like decking, garden sheds, carports, or fencing.

But your work and materials still need to meet government standards.

The safest place to start is with an enquiry to your local council. I've heard so many stories where renovations have ground to a halt, or been ripped out because the correct approvals were not in place.

Don't try to plead ignorance - it won't save you!

Even removing a tree on your property can require council approval.

Of course for any major works - especially if the structure or noise will impact the neighbours - development approval will be required.

If approval is needed, a council planner can advise you of the process and paperwork you’ll need to complete.

If you're planning to manage the project yourself, make sure you've got all the permits and approvals in place before you start, to avoid any nasty surprise later on.

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