You would think there would be a simple answer of yes or no, but there are a few steps required to ascertain if you do require council approval to cement render your home.
Speaking with a few of the local councils, all mentioned that for minor external and non structural alterations, the guidelines in the State Environment Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 or the NSW Planning & Infrastructure Exempt and Complying Development (which outlines and aims to ‘streamline approvals for low impact development, like renovating or building a home'), are the best to follow.
• NSW Planning & Infrastructure - http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/en-us/buildinginnsw/exemptandcomplyingdevelopment.aspx
There are also a few things to take into consideration, and this is mainly onsite matters i.e. access, scaffolding and noise restrictions – which all may need some level of approval from council. A simple phone call to your local council will clear up any questions you may have.
Depending on the location of your home, access for tradesmen in very important. Make sure that your neighbours are aware of any works being completed, so that it does not inconvenience them or hinders the progress of works through the duration of the project. The last thing you want is problems which could damper your renovation experience.
Don’t forget to also remove any obstructions around the house so that the tradesmen have a clear run and to also minimises any potential accidents or slowing the process of the job.
This applies to a house, terrace, apartment which is more than one storey high or where the house is sitting on uneven land and has a split level design. Again depending where the house or apartment is situated, you may require council approval. For example, a terrace which is located on a main road, with the entrance of the house being the front footpath for passers-by will require council approval as it is impacting the general public and it is on council property i.e. the footpath.
The scaffolding application does not take long, it is very easy and will only take 1-2 weeks depending on how our quick your council can process it. We can help you with this if need be.
In regards to noise restrictions, councils are very strict. All local councils have limits on when noise can be made to reduce noise pollution. General working hours on your property are between the hours of 7am to 6pm on weekdays and up to 2pm on Saturdays/Sundays.
So, before you consider cement rendering, place a quick call to your local council and they should be able to answer any lagging questions you may have. However, make sure that you have a licensed and reliable tradesman on site – this will provide you with confidence and for a stress-free experience.