Narara Ecovillage Dream Home

Building Your Forever Home: A Step-by-Step Guide to Approval and Construction

Building your forever home is an exciting and rewarding journey, but it involves navigating through various stages of approvals and consultations. To ensure your dream home becomes a reality, it's essential to follow the right steps and engage with the right professionals. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the process, from initial planning to obtaining the Construction Certificate, all while making sure your dreams stay firmly on track. If possible it is better to get approval through complying development so if what you are thinking fits into the parameters we highly recommend using this approval process. Complying Development Approval is faster and cheaper than DA/CC and will save you time and money in consultant fees and council fees.

The reason you would use the DA/CC process instead is that some zonings cannot be done as complying development and it is less flexible. Also some areas of high bushfire risk and flood risk cannot be done as comlying development. For example if you have a sloping site and need to create a carparking space in the from setback then you will need to lodge a DA/CC.

Lodge a CDC for a new home

Part A - Pre-DA

Before lodging the DA it is a good idea to talk to council to see if what you are thinking of is viable or has any issues that need to be resolved.

Part B - DA or if you are amending an existing approved plan lodge a 4.55(1a)

After going to a pre-DA meeting with council and resolving any issues they bring up, its time to bring other consultants on board to create Development Application documents.

Part B - Apply for a CC

The above is the minimum required to start building and is fine if you are only building an envelope and plan to do the interior fitout yourself. If you intend to get the builder to do everything, it is best to get a detailed design done as it means that the builder can price everything accurately and there are less items with a builders margin.

Detailed Design/ Interior Design/ Tender Set

While the consultants mentioned in this guide have been recommended based on past experiences, it's essential to conduct your own research and due diligence before engaging any professional. Remember, building your forever home is a unique and personal journey, and finding the right team to bring your vision to life is crucial. With careful planning, expert guidance, and enthusiasm, your dream home will soon be a reality, providing you and your loved ones a place to cherish for generations to come.