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What plans and permits do I need to renovate?

It may be tempting to skip plans and permits for your renovations but it really does pay to follow the letter of the law. Photo: Getty
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Home renovations involve more than comparing colour charts and carpet samples.

Strict rules can apply to any improvements you plan to make to your home, and it’s worth following official guidelines.

Avoid illegal building work

It may be tempting to skip plans and permits for your renovations, but it really does pay to follow the law.

Any work that doesn’t meet building regulations or receive council approval where necessary, can be regarded as illegal.

That can make it much harder to sell your home and attract a decent price if you decide to move further down the track.

Plans and permits vary widely

Across Australia, the requirements for building plans and permits vary from state to state, and even between different council areas.

Check out the links below to understand the plans and permits needed in your state or territory.

Remember to ask your council about local rules, and speak with your builder to be sure the works you undertake comply with government guidelines.

Taking the time to ensure your renovations comply with various planning and permit requirements can add value to your property later on as buyers can be confident your renovations tick all the right boxes.

This article originally appeared here.