When it comes to designing a new home, homeowners often think it’s simply a case of breaking ground and starting construction. However, creating and finalising building and floor plans, as well as getting them approved, has to be done first.

We often get asked questions about the planning process from our valued clients and have put together a list of frequently asked questions that you might be asking yourself at the moment too.

Frequently asked questions

Q: How to get a floor plan of my house?

If you’re looking at purchasing a home, you will need to get a copy of the floor plans before deciding to buy. Your estate agent should be able to provide you with the original floor plans, or any updated ones that may have been created for the home. If they or the homeowners are unable to provide you with the floor plans, then you will have to obtain a copy of the original floor plans from your local council. If you are looking at building a new home from scratch, you will have to work together with your reputable building company who can create and design a floor plan for you. Having it approved by the council will need to be your next step.

Q: How to obtain building plans?

Building plans need to be created for any home renovation or extension. If you are looking at purchasing a home that has been renovated or extended, the homeowners or the estate agent should be able to provide you with the most up to date plans for the building that took place. Alternatively, getting hold of your local council and asking them for a copy of the building plans will do.

If you are looking to build a new home, the reputable building company you choose to use should be able to design a building plan and have it correctly approved on your behalf.

Q: How long does it take to get a building permit?

In order to begin your new home build or home renovation, you will need to make sure you have a building permit. A building permit is a document that confirms a registered building surveyor or inspector has checked your plans and documentation and that everything meets the council’s specifications and safety regulations.

Any reputable building company you choose will assist you with obtaining a building permit and choosing a reputable building surveyor too. There is no set amount of time that can be allocated to getting a permit as it all depends on if all the documentation is correct and whether the permit is approved or denied.

Looking for a building contractor that understands plans and permits? Look no further than well-known Perth building company, DJP Developments.

We will provide insight to all you home design question. Contact us today.