What is retrospective council approval?
Retrospective council approval (also referred to as retrospective building permit) is the permission required for structures that were built without gaining approval from the local council first. These unauthorised building works are often home additions or improvements made by the owner to increase the property’s value, such as patios, sheds, room extensions, retaining walls etc.
The council may send a letter requesting that the unauthorised structure be submitted to council for approval. Failure to provide retrospective building approval could result in the council ordering you to remove the unauthorised building works at your own expense. However, more times than not, a retrospective council approval is usually requested when an owner is trying to sell their property, as its then learnt that building approval certificates for the new structures are required before settlement can occur.
How can we help?
Our team of building surveyors can assist you with all the requirements of your retrospective council approval application. Since we’re a team of certified structural engineers, we’re able to assess and prepare the necessary documentation for all types of unauthorised building works, and submit structural certification to the council to declare that it is structurally adequate.
B. Waddell Consulting Engineers are available to conduct inspections, complete design checks, prepare drawings, provide structural certification and compile all necessary documentation. We will also liaise with the council on your behalf to ensure your retrospective building permit application meets all the requirements.
As structural engineers, we’re able to provide retrospective building approval assistance for the following constructions:
- Additions or alterations
- Patios and decks
- Carports and Sheds
- Shade sails
- Concrete structures
- Walls and fences
If you’ve had unauthorised building works completed and require assistance gaining retrospective council approval, contact us today to schedule an inspection.