Building Permits and Change of Use

Particularly for commercial clients, a Building’s Use can be confusing.  You find the perfect site or building to operate your new venture from, only to realise that it has been permitted for a use that is not what you had in mind. Planning Use Here lies the confusion for many.  Your site or building is zoned for planning purposes.  Within that zoning there are allowable uses where a planning permit is required, or not. Then there are uses that are not permitted at all.  To illustrate the process, take a common example where a prospective tenant, ‘Deborah’, is looking to [...]

Building Confidence

The building and construction industry has been in the news frequently over recent times for shoddy workmanship, leaks, cracks, and illegal cladding to name just a few exposés. The construction industry is a mainstay of our economy, the fourth biggest employer[1] in our state alone and a temperature gauge on our economy overall.  The RBA are sensitive to an overheated market, building approvals and clearance rates.  What happens then when there is a failure in confidence in a system so important to the economic health of the state and the nation? This was the task that was Professor Peter Shergold [...]

Avoiding Regulation nightmares

Establishing a business from scratch or taking over a new premises is a daunting process.  All keen with energy, and dreams of starting up your own business can be quickly extinguished when presented with the many steps needed to be taken. AS1428 Compliance Footpath Trading Liquor Licensing Building Modifications Car Parking Variations Emergency Service Plans Food Services Plan Often a new lease on a premises will have a rent free period to negotiate a new fitout.  XtheT can work with you to get the most out of this window of [...]

Sustainable Building Design can save the world

The interest and awareness in sustainable design has grown tremendously over the last decade. People are familiar with the language that is used to describe a sustainable build; its efficiency, embodied energy, and footprint. It is now widely understood that a environmentally sustainable design is about creating a building that minimises its impact on the environment, using resources effectively and efficiently.   We are now at a tipping point where the economics of investing in a sustainable design makes sense for the pragmatists as well as the ideologues. The turnover of property has slowed compared to the heady days a [...]

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How to choose the right building designer

If you are planning a new build or simply modify the present one, should you hire an architect to design your project or should you work with a building designer? Let us look at both sides for you to help you decide. Both architects and building designers are employed to design buildings. Architects are required to study for 4 years, in addition to articles for registration to the requisite state architecture board. Building Designers study for 3 years and register as a ‘Architectural Draftsperson’ with the relevant State Building Registration Board. Both professions are required to relevant insurances to practice. [...]

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