Owner-builders face many steps be­fore work starts

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Property - Dianne Gil­le­land Dianne Gil­le­land is the Master Builders Mid West, North West re­gional man­ager.

QWe would like to build a car­port at the front of our home. We are not sure if it’s per­mit­ted but, if pos­si­ble, we’d choose to match it to our home with brick piers and a tiled roof. We have con­tacted a num­ber of builders, but they ei­ther want the plans ready to build or they only build homes. What would be the best ap­proach to build­ing it our­selves?

AThere are a num­ber of builders who spe­cialise in small ad­di­tions and would be happy to as­sist in the de­sign and con­struc­tion of your car­port. If you are still con­sid­er­ing us­ing a reg­is­tered builder, I sug­gest you look at Master Builders WA web­site “Find A Mem­ber” link.

To build the car­port you will need to start with the draw­ings. A good de­signer will be able to ad­vise on the plan­ning re­quire­ments of the lo­ca­tion and on ve­hi­cle ac­cess re­quire­ments. The Res­i­den­tial De­sign Codes and Lo­cal Plan­ning poli­cies ap­ply to devel­op­ment on res­i­den­tial lots and may in­clude lim­i­ta­tions or re­quire­ments for the de­sign. Once you are con­fi­dent you can build the car­port, you will need a build­ing per­mit. This re­quires doc­u­men­ta­tion that is ready for con­struc­tion. It is pru­dent to have your site sur­veyed by a li­censed land sur­veyor to check the lo­ca­tion of the lot bound­ary, veg­e­ta­tion and struc­tures, and site lev­els, and a struc­tural en­gi­neer to check site con­di­tions and pro­vide the struc­tural de­sign.

Where the value of work ex­ceeds $20,000, you will need ap­proval as an owner-builder from the Build­ing Com­mis­sion. In­for­ma­tion on the ap­pli­ca­tion is avail­able on the web­site www.com­merce.wa.gov.au/ build­ing-com­mi­sion. If you man­age the project your­self, you have the same obli­ga­tion for com­pli­ance as a reg­is­tered builder for build­ing and safety stan­dards.

Pic­ture: Amy Wil­liams

Make sure you do your re­search be­fore build­ing a car­port on your prop­erty.

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