Undertaking a Knock Down & Rebuild is the logical choice when you love where you live but your existing home no longer meets your family’s current and future needs. Whilst it is exciting to build a new home, rebuilding in an established area also poses an array of guidelines and requirements and these requirements are not consistent across council areas. Here are a few things you need to know:
SECTION 149 CERTIFICATE
The 149 Certificate is critical in assessing:
• What zoning issues apply
• Can approval be sort through the NSW Housing Code Rules
• Are there any Bush fire, flood, heritage or other issues that have to be addressed
STORM WATER TREATMENT
Stormwater management is now required in most council areas. Things such as On Site Detention system (OSD), On Site Absorbtion system (OSA) and Charge system, require assessment by a Hydraulic Engineer. Other factors may include
LAND AFFECTED BY FLOODS
Where council mapping show areas affected by flood, a flood assessment will be required. Cost may be incurred if building requirements change as a result. This includes raising slab levels & changes to building specifications.
SAFE SITE ACCESS
If the site is adjacent to a Main or Collector Road or is a Battle Axe lot, has overhead power lines or has restricted access specific measures will need to be taken for safe site access at additional cost.
Demolition of the existing dwelling is the responsibility of the home owner in which a separate demolition application must be submitted to council. After the receipt of approval has been received, demolition can proceed. If required, we can recommend a preferred demolition contractor.
SERVICES & CONNECTIONS
The availability, location & condition of services such as gas, sewer, driveway lay-back and power must be considered when planning a knock down rebuild.
SURVEY TO AUSTRALIAN HEIGHT DATUM (AHD)
An AHD Survey is needed to provide minimum record levels required. It is considerably more specific than a standard boundary survey. This isrequired to assess and approve your application. Note: Front setback of adjoining properties is also
required for accurate assessment and approval.
SELECT BUILD AREAS
We have a generous building area that spans most of Sydney, The Central Coast & Lower Hunter. Some council areas are excluded i.e. no build zone. Select councils are subject to Zone Allowance. CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR BUILD ZONE AREAS.
So, when the choice is to Knock Down & Rebuild, contact one of our experienced and friendly sales executives, who will assist you with making your new dream home a reality. Simply visit one of our Display Centres, call 1300 FIRSTYLE or go to www.firstyle.com.au.
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