Questions About self Building in OZ
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Hi all, i am looking at purchasing some land and the dream is to build my own home from scratch , using as many, natural and recycled matériels as i can . i have been doing a bit of research into Yurts and was wondering if anyone had any trouble getting them through council approval or had any advice for me , still just trying to get all of my ideas sorted out at the moment so any advice would be helpful
I think your best bet is to see what your council will and will not allow, as all councils and states building regulations are different.
Hi Menas and welcome to ALS. As ballamara says, each council is different. The further out you go and the more secluded the property the easier it often is for alternative style buildings. It really depends on what lifestyle you are looking for. Are you currently in Australia?
Would very much depend on where in Australia you live. Different building codes apply. I live in far north qld and our councils would probably have a heart attack at the thought of a yurt in cyclone prone area.
Hi Menas .. welcome to ALS
As others have said, local council will determine what style of house is ‘deemed suitable’ for the area you choose. (mind you, there are some real shockers out there .. so wonder how much $$ went under the table to get approval)
Not sure about most other states, but if you want to be an owner-builder, then forget Queensland as they don’t allow it. I believe some states will allow it after you’ve done a quick course at TAFE .. and here in Vic, you download a brochure, sign a declaration and pay $85 and hey presto – Owner Builder Certificate in the mail.
Qld Allows owner builders. We are owner builders to do some renovations. You have to do this course which goes on and on about building financials. Nothing about actual building. Then you are free to go. It’s a bit of a joke.
I stand corrected 🙂
Be careful… It is a minefield out there with “regulations”.
Here is something that may help if you are looking in NSW;
One of the caveats in this is that for Rural 1A stated properties, for any 200m2 building or less that is for “Agricultural” uses, you don’t need Council approval.
But, don’t take my word for it… It is all there, take a look over it and see where you stand!
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