We handle client’s council matters that Developers, Architects and People don’t have the time, patience or the resources to handle these tasks themselves. We communicate regularly; give feedback to all involved, making the process less stressful and more value added towards the project.
We monitor the file through the process checking on the status regularly to make sure your file is not forgotten and you remain informed.
In many instances this is needed as something on its own. Property Owners find themselves without one. We take this task up and we co-ordinate the Architects, council and suppliers needed to get your Occupation Certificate.
The occupation certificate is a requirement of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act (1977).
To apply for your Occupation Certificate you will need to book an on-site inspection with the Building Inspector from your local municipality (LA =Local Authority) who will inspect the site and compare your latest approved building plans to see that they are up to date and in line with what is physically on site. If you don’t have up to date approved plans you cannot apply for your Occupation Certificate. The Building Inspector will ask you to submit building plans.
To prove to council that your plans are correct and in line with what is currently on site the municipality will ask for a Surveyor’s drawing as this document will be the most accurate document with regards to showing all existing structures and contours of the site.
The surveyor’s drawing would have been submitted with your building plans – if these are up to date you should already have this drawing.
Client’s often have their building plans updated, pay for this, go through council and then when they apply for the OC it is discovered that they have encroachments over building lines and / or boundary lines and they then have to start from the very beginning by updating the building plan because these encroachments are not always seen by the naked eye.
Mistakes like this cost money and time.
Often in order to develop a site there has to be an encroachment over the building line. The application has to include a motivation and the neighbours have to be contacted for sign off on the application. If the site is within an Estate or Business Park etc the HOA or Body Corporate. We do all of these including the application forms from Council. We see your application through from the beginning right through to final comment from Council.
The concept of your development has to be presented to the Local Authority. The application is done by using the SDP application.
We take your concept, your Architects’ plans and we turn this into the application that will make your development presentable in the form of the Site Development Plan application pack.
We distribute the pack to all required departments. We resolve issues and answer queries.
We manage your application through the process and communicate constantly with Council so that we don’t miss anything or let your application sit stagnant for any amount of time.