Council's Planning and Development Department
The Environmental Services department at Berrigan Shire Council controls all building and development within the Shire and works to ensure the health and safety of the public, protect the environment and to ensure that the appearance of our villages and streets are continually improving.
The role of Council's Economic Development Officers role is to identify and pursue development opportunities and to assist existing businesses maximise their potential.
The information here provides an overview on Council's role in planning and development of the local area and the services and assistance available to you. Contact Berrigan Shire Council for further information on the services available on (03) 5888 5100 or click here to send an email.
For every property transaction you make, you need to think about tax implications. To help you to determine property related GST obligations, refer to the GST and Property Guide on the Australian Taxation Office website.
Engineering Guidelines for Subdivisions and Development
These general requirements outline Council’s procedures and practices for subdivision and
development of land within the Berrigan Shire area.
Council has determined that where a developer proposes, or is required to carry out civil
engineering works in connection with a subdivision or development, the civil engineering works
are upon completion of all works, and the issue of a Certificate of Completion, to become
the responsibility of Council.
These guidelines are to be read in conjunction with the planning instruments and development
control plans applying to the site. Applicants are advised to ensure that all conditions of the
Development Consent are addressed within the detailed engineering plans as a
Certificate of Completion/Subdivision Certificate cannot be issued until the Development
Consent conditions have been met in full.
The Engineering Guidelines for Subdivision and Development comprise the following:
Part 1 General Requirements
Part 2 Guidelines for Design of Roads
Part 3 Guidelines for Design of Drainage
Part 4 Guidelines for Design of Water Reticulation
Part 5 Guidelines for Design of Sewerage Reticulation
Part 6 Guidelines for Landscaping, and Measures for Erosion, Sedimentation and Pollution
Part 7 Guidelines for Testing.
The full guidelines can be found on the Management Plans, Codes & Reports
Electronic Housing Code
You can now lodge Development Applications online. You can determine whether propsed works fall under exempt or complying development and then lodge an application - Click here for more
Development Application Tracking
Development Application Tracking is now available for the Berrigan Shire Council. You can track development applications progress by clicking here - Development Application Tracking
NSW Plumbing Reforms - 1 July 2012
From 1 January 2013 Fair Trading will become the state’s single plumbing and drainage regulator for all on-site plumbing and drainage works. NSW Fair Trading will be delegating inspection and enforcement powers to regional councils so they may continue conducting plumbing and drainage inspections.
For further information and associated application forms please visit the new dedicated NSW Plumbing Reforms webpage.
BASIX is a web-based tool that ensure homes use less water, produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions and are more comfortable to live in.
BASIX required all new homes in NSW to use up to 40% less potable water and produce up to 40% fewer greenhouse gass emmissions than the average home. From 1 October 2006, BASIX will also apply to any major renovation work that needs Council consent.
Key points about BASIX:
- Your development application (DA) or complying development certificate (CDC) must be submitted to Council with a BASIX certificate
- To get a BASIX certificate, you must complete a BASIX assessment. This involves answering a range of questions about the home's size, location, construction materials, water supply and fittings
- BASIX uses this information to assess the home's design. You may need to adjust aspects of the design in order to pass the BASIX assessment
- Once you have passed BASIX, print your certificate. This is a list of commitments showing how your home will comply with BASIX
- The commitments must be marked on the house plans, and you are legally required to build the homes as described - there will be checks at various stages of construction
- If you change your mind about any of these commitments, you need to repeat the assessment, print the new certificate and submit it to Council.
To apply for a BASIX certificate or for more information please click on the following link: www.basix.nsw.gov.au
Home Owners Warranty Insurance
The Home Warranty Insurance Scheme was established under the Home Building Act 1989 and began on 1 May 1997 in NSW. Since then, the scheme has undergone some changes.
To apply for Home Owners Warranty Insurance or for more information please click on the following link: http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au
Owner Builder Permits
An owner-builder is an individual who does owner-builder work and holds a permit for that work under the authority of a permit issued by the Office of Fair Trading.
To get an owner-builder permit, you must lodge a completed owner-builder permit application at a Fair Trading Centre and show that:
- you are over 18 years old
- you own the land or have a prescribed interest in the land (certificate of title or rate notice)
- you live or intend to live in the completed home or one dwelling of the dual occupancy as your principal residence.
You must also provide:
- a description and address of the proposed work with a copy of the plans and council development application number or complying development certificate number
- the owner-builder permit application fee
- evidence that you have completed an approved owner-builder course, where the value of the proposed work is over $20,000.
A permit cannot be issued for work that has already commenced.
To apply for an Owners Builder Permit or for more information please click on the following link: http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au
Information regarding Asbestos
Most people think about asbestos as that material on the outside of your home - wall sheeting, eaves, carport ceilings, corrugated roofing and fencing. It was used extensively on the inside of your home - as the sheeting on the bathroom, laundry, kitchen walls and ceilings.
From our research - 2 out of 3 houses built prior to 1987 were likely to have products that contain asbestos. Asbestos was widely used in home construction from 1950 through to the late 1980s.
Knowing the products that contain asbestos and if they are in a safe condition is all important. You can learn how to identify these and other products yourself.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is the generic term for a number of fibrous silicate minerals. There are two major groups of asbestos:
The serpentine group contains chrysotile, commonly known as white asbestos
The amphibole group contains amosite (brown asbestos) and crocidolite (blue asbestos)
Since 2003, using all forms of asbestos has been banned.
What is asbestos used for?
Asbestos can be found in most buildings which were built or renovated prior to 1985. It can be found in:
- Asbestos cement sheets
- Electrical switchboards
- Wall and ceiling insulation
- Insulation to boiler/heating pipes
- Insulation to fire doors
Promoting Asbestos Awareness
The Berrigan Shire Council is committed to ensuring the community is provided with current information on asbestos including the dangers of asbestos, health and safety standards, and legislative requirements.
Information on asbestos can be found from the following link: NSW Government Asbestos Fact Sheet
Community members are also encouraged to access the following websites prior to any home improvement, construction or asbestos removal works: www.workcover.nsw.gov.au to obtain information on regulations, safety standards and licensing regarding the removal of asbestos www.asbestosawareness.com.au to obtain information on managing asbestos in and around the home.
Berrigan Shire Population Forecasts
The Berrigan Shire population and household forecasts are designed to inform community groups, Council, investors, business, students and the general public. To achieve this, forecast.id® is formatted to present the data in simple, clear tables and charts with concise factual commentary.
Forecasts are available for each year from 2006 to 2031.
To access this information, please click here.