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  • Avatar of audwinswaudwinsw
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    Hi all,
    I need to knock down few walls on my invetment property? The aim is to have an open-living design.

    Does anyone know if a permit is needed from council?

    I know that if you live in a block of units you will need body corporate, but this is just a normal house.

    Avatar of jbendalljbendall
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    Hi Audwinsw,

    In regards to this certain subject, I'm pretty sure that you DO NOT need any sort of permission or permit to knock down a couple of walls in an Investment property. But i'm not 100% on this subject.

    I'll give it a bit of research for you, and I'll PM you further.

    Regards,

    Jbendall

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    I believe if it's part of the structure of the house such as load bearing walls then you will need council permission. If they are purely to seprate the rooms or for looks then you should be OK.

    You can have a look at the Parrmatta DCP to give you an idea. But it your local council DCP could be different.
    http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/2223/DCP_2005.pdf

    Avatar of audwinswaudwinsw
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    Thanks Masih,
    Do you know who can help to submit the plan to council?

    Is it an architect or a surveyor?

    Avatar of dollarmandollarman
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    i renovate houses for a living. 4 weeks ago i took out 3 load bearing walls ( to make it more open plan) and when going to council we found out there was no actual plans for the house at the council, so we didnt bother going through council. just used the BCA and got adequate beams and renovated the house.

    might not be legal. but id like to see the council rip off gyprock to proove it wasnt existing 25 years ago..

    if u want peace of mind, get it drawn up and submit plans to council..

    Avatar of MasihMasih
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    audwinsw wrote:
    Thanks Masih,
    Do you know who can help to submit the plan to council?

    Is it an architect or a surveyor?

    I think it's best if you contact the council or just give them a visit. Most of the time they're not doing anything anyways. They will explain everything you need to do.

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