Process


THE CONSULATION
 

 
The consultation is free of charge. Here, we will meet with you, have a look at the site and go over all of your requirements. From here, we will be able to advise you if your proposal is feasible and give you an initial ballpark quote. If you wish to proceed, a written quotation will be prepared for you.
A deposit of $220.00 is required prior to commencement of STEP 1
 
 

STEP 1 - SKETCHES

The first part of this is to produce floor and site layout sketches. In this step, we will make sure we comply with all local and state building restrictions. We will then provide you with couple of alternate floor layouts. Once you have decided on a final floor layout, we then proceed to the elevations. Then we have a look at couple ways we can alter the façade to produce a great outlook.

STEP 2 -  SCHEDULES

There are couple schedules we will get you to complete, covering your internal and external finishes and colours, as well as a variety of others. Some of these process' are required for your BASIX Certificate, the rest will be included in your tailored specification.

STEP 3 - PREPARATION OF PLANS AND
RELEVANT DOCUMENTATION

 
If meetings are required with the local council, all relevant Architectural documentation will be prepared and presented to the council by Douglas Designs including: Development Application (DA), Construction Certificate (CC) or combined DA/CC Applications, all require a different submission processes
Depending on the local government jurisdiction your land falls under, along with restrictions on the land and zoning, the level of documentation required will change. These will be stipulated in your quotation. All plans, specifications and relevant documentation will now be prepared. We will also notify you of other professional services you will need to undertake at this time including surveying and structural engineer.
 

STEP 4 - COUNCIL SUBMISSION

 
Douglas Designs, we will run through what is required to make it easier for you. If you have requested Douglas Designs to undertake council submission on your behalf you will have been quoted on the required submission fees.
Depending on the type of application you are submitting, council will usually advertise to your adjoining neighbours, sending them copies of the notification plans. They will have a chance to review your proposal and respond to the application if they feel they have any valid reasons for concern. The entire application process can take anywhere from 4 weeks to 3 months, sometimes longer, depending on the size of the proposal and if any variations to the Local Environmental plan (LEP) or Develop

STEP 5 - DEVELOPMENT CONSENT

 
Upon completion of the application process, council will determine if they will approve or reject your application. Once approved, they will issue you with written consent. This document will contain any stipulations to the approval. 
If the application is likely to be rejected by council, they will usually notify the applicant and allow you to submit changes to the proposal to lead to a more favourable outcome. Alternatively you can pursue the application in the land and environment court.
 
 
STEP 6 -CONSTRUCTION
CERTIFICATE
 
If your application was not submitted as a joint DA/CC application, then all appropriate documentation and plans will now be prepared and submitted to council. The construction Certificate approval, when issued by council, is your go ahead to proceed to the construction stage. Your builder will now review the CC approval and finalise the quotation.
 
 
 
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