Frequently Asked Questions

Commercial Buildings

What is development approval?

Development approval is the legal document confirming assessment of a development has been completed and approved by the relevant authorities and allows for the development to be undertaken. There are a number of steps involved in the development assessment process, as outlined below:

Planning Rules Consent
Planning assessment is the first stage of the development approval process. Planning consent is issued once an application has been submitted to the relevant council and the planner has assessed it against the Development Plan for the local area. The application will be processed in accordance with any procedural requirements set out in the Development Act and Development Regulations. Every council has their own Development Plan with their own set of rules.

Building Rules Consent
The Building Rules assessment considers whether the building satisfies technical building requirements and will be structurally sound, as assessed against the Building Code of Australia and any other applicable Australian Standards. Among many things, the Building Rules Consent covers the areas relating to structural adequacy, fire safety, health and amenity, equitable access for people with disabilities and energy efficiency.
Building Rules Consent can be undertaken by the area council where the development will be built, or by a private certifier. Blackbird Industries submit most applications to a private certifier to assist with speeding up the approval process.

What are PC amounts / Provision Sums?

Prime Costs / Provisional Sums are best described as estimated costs for work and items that are unknown at the time of providing an estimation. Once the actual price of the item or service is known, the estimation will be updated. If the actual price is greater than the PC / Provisional Sum allowed, the difference is added to the final price, however if the figure i.e. less than the estimated sum, the difference is subtracted. Example: A PC of $3,000 is allowed for in your estimation, but upon selections the quote has come back at $2,450.00. You will receive a credit of $550.00 off the final price.

Sheds

What is development approval?

Development approval is the legal document confirming assessment of a development has been completed and approved by the relevant authorities and allows for the development to be undertaken. There are a number of steps involved in the development assessment process, as outlined below:

Planning Rules Consent
Planning assessment is the first stage of the development approval process. Planning consent is issued once an application has been submitted to the relevant council and the planner has assessed it against the Development Plan for the local area. The application will be processed in accordance with any procedural requirements set out in the Development Act and Development Regulations. Every council has their own Development Plan with their own set of rules.

Building Rules Consent
The Building Rules assessment considers whether the building satisfies technical building requirements and will be structurally sound, as assessed against the Building Code of Australia and any other applicable Australian Standards. Among many things, the Building Rules Consent covers the areas relating to structural adequacy, fire safety, health and amenity, equitable access for people with disabilities and energy efficiency.
Building Rules Consent can be undertaken by the area council where the development will be built, or by a private certifier. Blackbird Industries submit most applications to a private certifier to assist with speeding up the approval process.