15 Oct 2010
I recently came across a story in the Courier Mail
about a homeowner getting fined for making changes to a heritage listed property without approval, and I thought it served as a timely reminder for us all to make sure to seek appropriate approvals before carrying our renovations on our properties.
If you own a heritage listed property it is your responsibility to gain approvals from the Queensland Heritage Council
before making any changes to the property. Often changes can be made to heritage listed properties but they need to follow specific requirements to make sure the heritage of the building is still maintained.
If you are thinking about purchasing a heritage listed property it is a good idea to check with the Queensland Heritage Council before you make the purchase to find out what exactly can be done to the property.
Even if you don’t own a heritage listed property though it is always important to seek approval from your local council before carrying out renovations in your home.
If your renovations don’t meet approval standards you could be costing yourself a lot more money in the long run, either because you have to re-do renovations to make them meet requirements or because you will be facing heavy fines.
If you would like any advice talk to your builder or your local council or get in touch with me and I’ll be happy to answer any of your questions to the best of my knowledge.