What is the Process When Building a House?

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Building your home can be a very frustrating and stressful time and we here at First Home Australia are very aware of that, that is why we want your journey to be as hassle free as possible.

What I would like to do now is give you an idea of what is involved in the process:


Once correspondence is received from your Solicitor stating that finance is unconditional the pre-construction stage begins.  This is the process where the builder goes about obtaining all documentation required for the building approval.


This is where applications go to Council this includes:

  1. a)      Plumbing
  2. b)     Driveway access to be approved

Some properties may require a boundary  setback relaxation, this is lodged to the council at this time.

Plumbing approval can take up to 20 working days.


Once the

  1. Engineering Design
  2. Energy assessment
  3.  Covenant approval, have been received the building approval is lodged to the Private Certifier, the Private Certifier will assess all documents against

            a)  the building codes

            b)  Australian standards

            c)  local planning schemes

Building approval can take between 5 to 10 working days.

The entire process can take between 6 to 8 weeks.



Once the building approval has been received from the private certifier your new home can begin construction with 5 days of the receipt/completion of all the below items:

  1. a)      Land settlement confirmation from your Solicitor
  2. b)     Plumbing approval from the local council
  3. c)      Payment of your deposit
  4. d)     Any outstanding variations
  5. e)     Finalised colour selection

Some factors must be considered and may cause unanticipated delays:

  • Development Applications
  • Covenant Approval
  • Contract Variations
  • Colour Selection
  • Land Registration
  • Inclement Weather