Plan­ning per­mit changes

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

North­ern Grampians Shire Coun­cil will for­ward plan­ning per­mit ap­pli­ca­tions it re­ceives to the Vic­to­rian Build­ing Au­thor­ity un­der changes to leg­is­la­tion in­tro­duced this month.

The change means the coun­cil can still ac­cept per­mit ap­pli­ca­tions, but is re­quired to for­ward them all to the VBA for a per­mit to be is­sued.

It also means a levy will now need to be paid di­rectly to the VBA by a nom­i­nated payer be­fore a per­mit can be is­sued.

Stawell Ward coun­cil­lor Karen Hys­lop said the re­forms aimed to in­crease trans­parency and com­pli­ance in the build­ing in­dus­try and of­fer bet­ter pro­tec­tion for consumers en­gag­ing a builder.

“We’re al­ways an ad­vo­cate for less red tape, and stream­lin­ing our pro­cesses is an im­por­tant part of our coun­cil plan,” she said.

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