How to Get a Council Permit for Putting Up a Patio

In order to get a council permit for putting up a patio in Perth, you will need to follow a series of steps to ensure that your development complies with the suburb in which you live. Rules and regulations differ greatly between councils, it’s essential you research further to make sure your council approves your project.

1. Research the zoning regulations for your property. 

You will need to make sure that the patio is allowed in your area and that it meets all the necessary requirements.

The zoning regulations for properties in Perth vary depending on the suburb of the property and its intended use. In general, the zoning regulations in Perth are designed to ensure that development is appropriate for the area and that it does not negatively impact the surrounding community.

Even if you know that your patio won’t negatively impact the surrounding property, you still must apply for approval from your council.

2. Obtain and fill out the necessary application forms. 

These can typically be found on the website of the local council or obtained from the council office.

For residential property, you may need to submit a building permit application and a development application.

A building permit application is typically required to ensure that the patio is being built to the appropriate building codes and standards, while a development application is required to ensure that the patio is compliant with local zoning regulations and does not negatively impact the area surrounding the development.

For commercial property, the process is similar, but it might require a different application form and a different set of regulations and guidelines. Again, depending on the council will determine the steps involved.

It is important to note that specific requirements and procedures may vary depending on the local council, and it is recommended to check with the local council for specific guidelines and regulations for your property.

3. Submit your application and any required documents, such as building plans, to the council. 

Gather all of your required documents (it will specify the documents on the application) and submit your application either electronically or in person.

You might also be required to pay an application fee, which again depends on the council you’re applying within.

4. Wait for a decision to be made on your application. 

The time it takes for the council to process an application can be affected by a number of factors such as the completeness and accuracy of the application, the complexity of the proposed development, and the workload of the council.

Generally, applications typically take several weeks from the time the application is submitted to the time a decision is made. When handing in your application, you can ask the council for an estimated wait time.

5. If your application is approved, you will receive a council permit that allows you to proceed with building your patio. 

If your application for a patio is denied by the council, you will receive a written notice outlining the reasons for the denial. The notice will also inform you of your right to appeal the decision if you disagree with it.

You can appeal the decision by writing to the council and outlining your reasons for disagreeing with the decision. The council will then review the appeal and make a final decision. The appeal process can take several weeks.

If the council’s decision is still denied after your appeal, you may also consider seeking legal advice or representation, to understand the reasons for the denial and to explore other options.

It’s important to note that if your application is denied, the council may provide a list of recommended changes that need to be made in order for your application to be approved on a future submission. You can use this feedback to make the necessary adjustments and resubmit your application.

It’s also worth mentioning that in some cases, the council might ask for further information or clarification before making a decision, or might even ask for a meeting to discuss the proposal, this could delay the process but it’s a sign that the council is taking your application seriously.

6. Commence construction! 

Now that all of the paperwork has been completed, you can now begin construction!

Although it can feel like there are lots of hoops to jump through, it’s a quicker process than it sounds. Plus, the reward of a brand-new patio will make it all worth it.

Contact Mackson for your patio 

If you’re building a patio on your Perth property, chat with our team at Mackson! We stock the highest quality materials and offer all of the equipment and support you need to easily install a patio. We’re Perth’s go-to patio provider and we’re here to make sure your job is completed to the highest standard. Let’s start a conversation, talk to our team now.

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