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Key steps in a Brisbane heritage renovation
Knowing where to start can prevent time and budget blowouts in the building and renovation process. If you are yet to approach an architect or draftsman, we can refer you to highly skilled designers we’ve worked with and show you examples of what we’ve achieved together in the past. If you’re already in talks with a designer, or about to approach one, then ensure you have the following information to ensure plans are possible and time frames met.
Every property falls into an area classification zone and each zone has different rules about what you can do with your property. When planning your property renovation, check your zone first to see if any of your ideas won’t be permitted.
Smaller lots and ground space have different planning and developing rules. Ensure you check if your property size is deemed smaller than standard as you will need to consider this in the planning phase.
Demolition Control Precincts are scattered across Brisbane, protecting areas with houses that were built before 1947. These are often referred to as ‘character homes’. You must seek approval to demolish or renovate homes in these areas.
The City Plans and State Government’s Heritage Register have similar criteria but both need to be checked to find if your property is heritage listed. Heritage-listed properties are protected and any renovation or development plans need to be approved before building. These approvals are separate from building approvals.
Neighbourhood Plans is a tool that manages changes within Brisbane’s suburbs, accommodate growth and protect valued environments at a local level. Some Neighbourhood Plans contain extra rules about new developments. These rules need to be checked prior to planning submissions.
If your property has other development constraints, such as a waterway corridor, a patch of native bushland or an overland water flow path, specific, developmental plans will need to be in place to accommodate these.