Getting your DA through council can be tricky. Here, the team from Ballast Point Design and Build share their tips.
Patience and perseverance
The DA process can take anywhere from three months to over a year, with many roadblocks along the way, so it’s important to be patient. Think of it as if you’re building a brick wall, and just add one brick at a time, solving each problem as it comes up.
While patience IS a virtue, don’t sit around waiting! Ballast Point Design and Build get results through timely and strategic follow ups, responding quickly to requests, and engaging positively with council and stakeholders.
Mistakes on drawings give the council planners an easy way to shoot down the proposed DA before it can get a proper look in. It’s crucial that all documentation, such as drawings and supporting compliances, are accurate.
Quality drawings matter. Legendary heritage specialist James Phillips, who heads up Wier Phillips Architects and is a trusted consultant, once told us in a meeting: “Make the drawings beautiful. Show natural colours, make them look real.”
Heritage compliance can be a tricky element to deal with. You’ll always be more successful if you are respectful of a home’s history and deal sympathetically with the streetscape from the outset.
Enlist quality consultants and advisors
Small properties rarely fit neatly within tick-a-box planning controls. A good team of consultants can help craft a clever solution that fits within, or works around, planning constraints.
Know your rights
When a DA is knocked back unreasonably you can apply for a formal review or lodge an appeal in the Land and Environment Court.