Before you embark on that garden landscaping project or bathroom DIY job, have you checked whether your plans are legal?
One of the most costly mistakes that renovators can make is not clearing projects off with the right people - potentially landing homeowners in hot water with government bodies.
If you have any DIY work planned this summer, it is a good idea to run it past your local council before you pick up the hammer.
While every government body has different laws, here are a few tips that everyone should keep in mind.
Approval for trees
While it may hard to believe, even removing trees from your property is likely to need approval from the local council.
Any new structure that is built on your property requires termite protection under the Building Code of Australia. This is important to keep in mind whether you are constructing the new structure yourself or seeking the services of a professional.
If you are planning on building anything around your property such as a pergola, tool shed or pergola you may need approval first. Your first step should be running your plans past the council as you may need to submit a development application.
Fencing may also need to be signed off first, particularly if it sits on the boundary of your property. You will more than likely have to seek approval from your neighbour/s as well.