Cost Saving Council Approvals

Many clients are unaware that significant time and cost savings can be achieved on a project as well a reduction in Council fees, if your property fits into the development categories below;

Brisbane City Council dwelling houses – small lot houses and new houses and extensions in traditional building character area

multiple dwellings – up to 10 dwellings

residential subdivisions – up to 10 lots

commercial activities

industry and warehouse

Logan City Council house applications

sheds/garages/open carports (class 10 structures ancillary to an existing house)

dual occupancy/attached dwellings

multiple dwellings – up to 10 dwellings

residential subdivisions – up to 10 lots

small retail developments

industrial developments

What are the savings with RiskSMART applications?

RiskSMART is a process that has been adopted by Brisbane City Council, Logan City Council & Gold Coast City Council to allow low risk developments to be assessed in short time frames. We are accredited in Brisbane City Council & Logan City Council. Consultants don’t need to be accredited to lodge an application through the RiskMART process in the Gold Coast City.  Applications lodged through this process attract the following discounts;

  • Brisbane City Council, 20% reduction in the standard relevant assessment fees
  • Logan City Council, 50% reduction in the standard relevant assessment fees
  • Gold Coast City Council, 10% reduction in the standard relevant assessment fees

Council are committed to processing RiskSMART applications in five business days (following payment of Council application fees), which allows you to proceed to the next stage of your development quickly.

What are the savings with Brisbane City Council’s SealSMART applications?

The SealSMART process has been developed by Council to allow accredited consultants to engage suitably qualified professionals to certify conditions before lodging a plan sealing application. This enables fast processing by Council. If all requirements have been appropriately certified, Brisbane City Council will approve suitable applications within five business days of payment of plan sealing fees.

Council in turn offer a 50% reduction in inspection fees.

What are the savings with Logan City Council’s ExpressSEAL applications?

The ExpressSeal process has been developed by Council to allow accredited consultants to engage suitably qualified professionals to certify conditions before lodging a plan sealing application. This enables faster processing by Council. If all requirements have been appropriately certified, Logan City Council will approve suitable applications within five business days of payment of plan sealing fees.

Why bplanned & surveyed?

We routinely get approvals through the RiskSMART application process that other consultants won’t even touch.  Let our client experiences speak for themselves;

Town Planning Consultant A response to client – “We advise that:- Designs that do not meet the small lot code are not accepted under BCC RiskSmart process (unless very minor). BCC are extremely unlikely to approve a double carport on a small lot, whether under RiskSmart or an normal DA.”

Bplanned & surveyed response to client – “As mentioned to you on the phone, we have been successful on several occasions proposing double carports on small lots. I’ve attached a recent example that is very similar with regard to frontage, carport width and combined building/carport length. As discussed on the phone no development application is a guaranteed. However, we have been successful in obtaining approval for several in similar situations, and I can’t see why this one would have any issues as long as we keep it open.”

RiskSMART Assessment Team response – “The team has reviewed the draft proposal plans and advises that the proposal is suitable for RiskSMART.”

 Bplanned & surveyed response to client – “I have great news! RiskSMART have already got back to us, and responded in writing that they support the justifications we proposed. We are aiming to lodge the application at the end of the week. “

Client Response – “I am so impressed.  You are the best!!!!  Thank you. “ – Danielle Pollard

If you would like more information about these services or to discuss your next project, call us now on 1300 275 266.