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Council permit to build on vacant land

Discussion in 'Development' started by Abhi, 11th Jul, 2016.

  1. Abhi

    Abhi Member

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    Hi Everyone,

    I am planning to buy an acerage/horse property and I am currently looking at buying a vacant land and build a house on it or buy a property with an existing house on it. I am looking to do this in eastern or south eastern suburbs of Melbourne e.g. in Yarra Valley or Dandenong ranges.

    I'd really prefer to go the way of building a home on a vacant piece of land if it really works. Can anyone please help me with the following questions -
    1. how long does it take to get the building permit from the council approx on a 20+ acre piece of land? I want to build a house + covered arena + stables
    2. How much would it cost? I am assuming I'll have to get a feaso, design done from an Architect and town planner report? so is it upwards of $15K or even $30K ?
    3. Do I need to get a feasibility study before making an offer? Or is it a conditional offer subject to (feasibility/council approval?)?
    4. What should I look for while buying the land - as in electricity connection, water connection, gas connection, sewage connection? If none of these is connected for the land, how much am I looking at spending on development of the land and getting electricity/ gas/ water/ sewage connected before I can start building?

    This the first time ever that I'll be building a house. Do you think its doable for a newbie or is it a major risk? I am thinking of contracting a big builder for construction. Its just the pre-construction "everything" that I am unsure about.

    Many thanks for the help!

    Cheers,
    Abhi
     
  2. Tufan Chakir

    Tufan Chakir Well-Known Member

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    If buying a block, all services should be available (usually). Perhaps even connected.
    Talk to estate agents in selected areas, or realestate.com - search for land.
    Check the zoning etc. If a house can be put on the land the zoning should tell you, as well as the section 32.
    You shouldn't necessarily need a feasibility study. It can either happen, or it can't
    If planning approval is not required - go to an Architect have your plans prepared, to a bugdet. These can then be costed by builders through the tender process.
    You can get the architect or the builder to arrange to the building permit/approval as part of their package
    Get good PROFESSIONAL advice - it will make the process so much easier
     
  3. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Go to somewhere like archicentre to be put in touch with like minded archiects who can provide you with the right advice before you make an offer. No point being locked into a $X million contract without the knowledge that a DA is even achievable nor how much it will cost.
     
  4. Abhi

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    Thanks so much for the advise @Scott No Mates and @Planning Professionals . I really appreciate it.

    I totally agree, a professional advise will make a lot of difference. Hence since I don't know much about rural properties I've decided to use a buyer's agent who'll make sure that the utilities are there and source the right properties in the right zoning.

    Once I have the property infront of me I'll consult the architect to cross check the assumptions before making the offer. Thanks for referring archicenter! looks like a very useful resource fro me. I'll get in touch with them right away!

    Cheers
    Abhi
     
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  5. Tufan Chakir

    Tufan Chakir Well-Known Member

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    If a block is available, of around the size you're looking for it shouldn't be too difficult. Also - consider the contract of sale, make sure that you can purchase/make an offer which is conditional and gives you options for withdrawing if things don't work thought as you wish. Good luck
     
  6. Abhi

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    Thanks mate :)