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NEED BUILDING
CERTIFICATION FOR
ALREADY BUILT?

WE
SIMPLIFY
COMPLEX

Do you have building structures that never obtained building approval? By law you are required to have these certified and we can help.

Retrospective building approval is the process of obtaining building certification for work that has been built without first gaining approval. It’s like getting approval after, rather than before (we always recommend getting an approval before you start to build).

I NEED HELP WITH WORK THAT IS NOT APPROVED

A SIMPLE PROCESS

Book an inspection and our specialist will provide a report which outlines everything you need to achieve building compliance.

Once we have the go-ahead we will work with you to get the structural compliance.

Get your building approval and the security of knowing you no longer have illegal building work.

RETROSPECTIVE APPROVALS

INITIAL INSPECTION*

$850

This fee covers the initial building inspection and report outlining what is required to obtain the approval and the costs. If you decide to go ahead we will work with you to obtain Building Certification. There will be additional costs for the full building certification that will be outlined in the inspection report. 

IS OBTAINING A RETROSPECTIVE BUILDING APPROVAL IMPORTANT?

YES, IT IS. You will have peace of mind knowing your structures meet the national construction code. Your insurance policy over the property may require all structures to be approved to be covered.

If your building has not been approved the chances are it will not be on your council records as an approved structure. This could pose a problem if you want to sell the property or if council do an investigation of your property.

There is no one size fits all answer with retrospective approvals and each job has to be reviewed individually.

To determine the best approach, we recommend our professional staff undertake a Preliminary Inspection to determine the extent of works required. Once we have undertaken the Preliminary Inspection we will provide you with a report and a quote to finalise the approval process. At this point you can determine the feasibility of obtaining the approval. If you decide to proceed with obtaining the approval this report will assist us in making the full building assessment and we will work with you to obtain what is required for the final building approval. We make it our mission to simplify complex and have vast experience in this specialised area of Building Certification.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A retrospective building approval is a process wherein a building or structure that was constructed without the necessary building permits or approvals seeks approval after the fact.

If you are not responsible for the initial building works you may not find out they are unapproved until you get a notice from your local council (called a show cause) or you try to sell your property. If you are aware that you have unapproved building works you should act to rectify the situation as it may impact the validity of your insurances.

Failure to obtain retrospective approval can result in legal consequences, fines, forced removal of the unapproved structure, difficulty in selling the property, and insurance issues.

The initial inspection cost of $850 will provide a full inspection and building report outlining what will be required to obtain approval and the costs to obtain a building approval. It will also outline the other professional services you will need to engage to obtain an approval (an engineer for example).

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