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Get an ‘Instant Start’ to New Home Construction

Start construction the date your application is lodged The WA State Government is introducing Instant Start, an initiative that allows builders of a single residential home to commence construction from the date of lodging certified applications with a local government permit authority. WA State Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said on

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Requirements For Work Affecting Other Land Now Simplified

A series of new forms will simplify the process of gaining consent to affect someone else’s land. Instead of a single Notice of work affecting other land form, five new forms have been introduced. The new forms will make it easier to explicitly identify the type of work to be

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Time Running Out To Take Advantage of Ministerial Order

A recent Ministerial Order means building work on Class 1 and 10 structures can commence before a building permit is granted. However, the order applies only to projects with certified permit applications lodged between 1 January 2012 and 30 June 2012 – so to take full advantage of the order, the building

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Eastern Experience Shows New Building Act Saves Time and Money

New building laws in Western Australia are already facilitating faster approval times, which will improve even further once initial teething problems are resolved, according to a Victorian building surveyor. Ken Waddell, who has operated as a private building surveyor for more than 17 years under legislation similar to that recently

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How Simple It Can Be?

Building Act Success Story Despite the feeling that the new Building Act is all going horribly wrong, there are some very good news stories. Some builders have had their permits from certified applications within a week! But here is how it works for someone in the East… “It’s interesting to compare the

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Who Needs To Sign?

Making Sure Your Permit Application Is Complete Unnecessary delays can be avoided by knowing exactly who needs to sign an application for a building permit. A common hold-up is not naming and including signatures from all owners of a property. Literally, this means all owners – no matter what percentage

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Avoiding the DFES Bottleneck

How to Keep Your Project Moving More than ever, compliance with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) planning requirements is crucial for avoiding unnecessary delays to your project. According to the Building Regulations 2012 (Regulation 17), DFES requires design plans and specifications at least 15 business days before a

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