When a design for a single Class 1 building (dwelling) and associated Class 10 buildings (fences, carport, garages sheds or the like) does not comply with the requirements of Part 5 of the Building Regulations 2018 (ResCode), an application for Report and Consent (called a Siting Variation) may be required.
Siting variation applications are assessed against the Minister's Guideline MG12, with the objective of ensuring that the proposed variation respects the existing or preferred character of the neighbourhood and is consistent with the heights, setbacks and design of existing fences and buildings in the immediate area.
Please discuss with the relevant building surveyor engaged for the issue of the Building Permit before making an application.
How to apply
What happens next?
Pay the application fee
After your application is received, an invoice will be generated and emailed to you. This email will contain instructions on how to pay.
Respond to requests for further information
If we need any additional details, we'll let you know within 15 business days. Your application will be put on hold until this information is received.
Site visits and mediation, if required
When we are assessing your application, we may visit the site to take photographs and measurements, to assess the potential impact on adjoining properties and the streetscape.
We may also need to act as mediators between the applicant and any potentially affected neighbours.
A decision is made
After assessing your application, we will either:
- approve the application,
- approve the application with recommendations, or
- refuse the application
We will let you know in writing.
Appealing a decision
If you disagree with Council's decision, you have 30 business days to lodge an appeal with the Building Appeals Board. The decision of the Building Appeals Board is final.