Architects Face Potential Liability Over Building Permits
Architects practising in Victoria may no longer be able to stand apart in “splendid isolation” from the ramifications of tightened public protection changes in that state.
Property Subdivision: Council’s Town Planning Process
If you are planning to subdivide a property or propose to build a single dwelling on a lot size smaller than the minimum allowed by your...
Designers, Beware the Amended Victorian Building Act!
Victorian Building designers need to be vigilant in their business practices due to the amended Section 16 of the Victorian Building Act 1993 (the Act), which...
The Science Behind Zoning Standards and Objectives
A scientist wanted to develop his property and he had a very knowledgeable town planner working on his case, but zoning issues caused plenty of headaches.
Canadian Building Permits Down
The value of Canadian building permits fell by the most in eight months in September, driven by a decline in construction intentions for commercial buildings, though...
Changes to the Building Law in Victoria – Building Permits
An important change has occurred in Victoria that building practitioners and owners contemplating or having works be done must be aware of.
New Rules on Victorian Building Sites
Builders in Victoria who carry out construction work without a permit will be subject to fines of almost $160,000 in the case of individuals or $800,000...
Property Subdivision: Are Town Planning Permits Guaranteed?
A very successful town planning lawyer once advised me that offering a property subdivision guarantee in a world of so many variables was a high-risk promise...
US Residential Construction Starts Edge Higher
Growth in US Residential construction slowed in July after a strong surge the previous month, Commerce Department data shows.