So you built something that you did not think required an approval and now Council have come knocking on your door to inspect. You find yourself scratching your head saying,

“I didn’t think that needed approval”

or

“But the builder said it would be fine”.

So … what next?

Council does their inspection and 1 of 2 things happen:

  1. You are told that you do not need approval and you don’t hear from Council again.
  2. Council sends you a Notice of Proposed Order that will Order you to demolish what you have built.

In rare cases, you will be lucky enough to experience scenario 1. But in most cases, you find yourself reading Council’s Notice of Proposed Order telling you that you need to demolish what you have built.

What are your Options?

Great question! It really depends on what has been built or what work has been carried out on your land, and whether the structure, building or work is able to be approved retrospectively by Council (keep the structures/buildings without demolishing).

In a lot of cases, the following summarised options are available:

  1. Retain the structure, building or work unchanged through a Building Information Certificate (BIC) approval;
  2. Retain the structure, building or work through a BIC approval with part/s to be demolished or upgraded to achieve compliance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA);
  3. Retain the structure, building or work through a BIC approval with a Development Application (DA) for alterations or upgrades.

So What Next?

Keep calm and send a copy of the Notice of Proposed Order you have received to our team by email to review and assist you through the process.