Ensure your DIY project is council approved with our Owner Builder Inspection Service
When you’re building, extending or renovating your own house, there are obvious advantages to doing it yourself, especially if you’re a qualified tradesman. You can save money on labour, you control and oversee the job yourself, and there is no fixed timeline. However, as an owner builder there’s a lot to consider. Complying with council requirements is often difficult, especially as some state-based regulations are starting to change. With this in mind, our Owner Builder Inspection Service can ensure your project runs smoothly.
If you are undertaking building work (that requires development approval) on your own property, it is important to know if you will require the services of a registered building work supervisor. Regulation 21 of the development Act requires that if domestic building work over $12,000 in value is undertaken on your land you must ensure that a certificate of building indemnity insurance in relation to that work is lodged with the Council.
Further, it is also important to note that Councils are now legally required to inspect 90% of building work that is performed by ‘owner builders’, and consequently your application may be selected for compliance inspections.
There are a few common issues that even experienced tradesmen often overlook including –
- Getting correct planning permits
- Ensuring that licensed contractors (electrical, plumbing, gas) are hired
- That you have required training, including OHS construction card
- Organising insurance to guarantee the work undertaken. Future purchasers of the house will be entitled to statutory warranties, and you’ll need to hold insurance that protects them
- Arranging building inspections at relevant stages of the project as required by law