If you need help with a planning or building matter talk to us and we can point you in the right direction. Our customer service team is here to help.
Before you access the site a property impact assessment is required. This assessment identifies risks. In identifying risks take every precaution, including the use of protective outfits and P2 masks for contractors and yourself.
Entering your property before you have approval can be very dangerous as a range of safety risks may be present, including:
Council maintains a register of properties affected by bush fire. Among other things the register identifies potential hazards and is used to inform the impact assessment, make safe works, the rebuild process, fee concessions and donations. If you are uncertain about potential hazards on site, the condition of trees, septic tanks or swimming pools and make safe works call us on 4780 5000.
If you are insured, contact your insurer. In some cases, risks assessments and make safe strategies are included as part of the claim.
If you have lost structures there are 4 key steps to take to rebuild.
Before rebuild commences a site clearance certificate will be required for properties with asbestos. Talk to your insurance company to see if asbestos remediation is covered by your policy and / or whether they organise demolition and / or removal. If so, request a copy of the site clearance certificate. If not, you will need to engage a qualified specialist who is licensed to remove asbestos. SafeWork NSW publish a list of licensed contractors. As part of this process an occupational hygienist report / clearance certificate will required.
Removing rubble does not require Council’s consent, but demolishing partial structures or heritage items might. Please contact Council to find out what approvals you may need. Structures over 4 metres in height do require demolition by a licensed contractor.
When cleaning up your property, make sure you:
Depending on the age of the building we may have a copy of the existing plans. You may however take the opportunity to redesign structures. Current building codes will apply and often this means that buildings in bush fire prone areas will need additional measures in place. Take advantage of a free advisory service offered to fire affected properties. Bookings can be made on 4780 5000.
Consider whether you will be using a builder or if you'll be an owner builder.
The type of approval needed will depend on the build. If development approval (DA) is required, we will waive the infrastructure contributions and the BMCC portion of the fees that may apply. We cannot waive State levies.
Development approval looks at the conditions of the land and the provisions of planning instruments. Among other things, it considers impact of fire on structures.
Along with the development application you will need to apply for a construction certificate (CC). This can be issued by Council or a private certifier. In some circumstances, you may be able to apply for a Complying Development Certificate. This is a fast track approval process.
Seek quotes for building work as soon as you have the development consent and construction certificate. At this point and prior to commencement of works you will need to appoint a Principal Certifier to complete a series of mandatory inspections at key stages throughout the build. On completion an occupation certificate will be issued. This can only be issued if all mandatory inspections have been completed.