“Got a permit for that?”
Like many other types of building work, metal roof installation is a big job – one that involves considerable research, planning and of course, permits.
And with projects this big, it’s easy for certain details to be overlooked, or slip through the cracks.
We’ve talked before about some of the more common planning errors many homeowners make when considering a new roof.
Today, our metal roof installation experts go over one of the most confusing (and common) errors of all: obtaining the right permits.
The difference between building and planning permits
While they might sound similar, the truth is that these two types of permit are not identical.
Many roofing jobs will require a building permit. Others, a planning permit. Some might even need both!
When planning for your roofing, it’s crucial that you get the right permits.
This isn’t just a formality either – getting the wrong permits (or worse, not applying for them at all) can land you a hefty fine to the tune of several thousand dollars!
What’s the difference? We’re glad you asked…
Building permits, explained
Like the name suggests, building permits relate specifically to the execution of building and construction.
Their purpose is to ensure that your building or renovation project is:
- Carried out safely, with correct procedures
- Compliant with building codes
- Structurally sound and safe to live in
Generally speaking, building permits are required for jobs that will materially change the structural integrity of your property. Naturally, that includes the vast majority of roofing projects.
And we aren’t just talking about jobs that might require replacing your rathers or extending your roof frame – updating insulation, removing asbestos, and changing roofing materials all require a permit.
As such, the vast majority of projects will need a building permit.
In fact, it’d probably be easier to list all the situations where your roofing project doesn’t need one – so that’s exactly what we’re going to do!
When can you skate by without a building permit?
According to Bayside council (where our roofing contractors do most of their work), a building permit may not be required if the work fulfils these criteria:
- The work is a repair, renewal or alteration
- It doesn’t affect structural works, underpinning or footings
- The safety of the public is not affected
- The work is not a fire safety measure
The VBA also makes exceptions for jobs that involve replacing an existing metal roof with a “like-for-like” material.
This is because a home that’s designed with one material in mind mightn’t be able to handle the weight of another without substantial changes.
Replacing your roof with the same material means this generally isn’t a problem. As a result, many re-roofing and roof replacement jobs may not need a permit either.
It’s confusing, we know. The key takeaway? If you want to be sure, you’ll want to approach your local council with a draft of your roofing plan – or better yet, let your roof installation team take care of all required permits for you.
An introduction to planning permits
A building permit might be focused on the execution of your building – by contrast, a planning permit makes sure that your plan is an appropriate usage of land.
That can mean factors such as:
Each of these factors can influence not just your quality of life, but the neighbourhood too.
During the permit process, the council will determine whether your project is appropriate given the above criteria, and will approve or reject it accordingly.
Planning permits for roofing projects
While these mostly focus on new builds or large-scale renovations, certain roofing projects may also require a planning permit.
A prime example are heritage-listed buildings.
Once again, the only way to be sure is to get your plumbing and roofing team – with their extensive knowledge of permits – to handle it all for you and ensure your project has all its appropriate and required permits.
Choose a metal roof installation expert that will help you keep on top of your permits
At Watermaster Roofing, our team is committed to providing customer service you don’t often see from tradies.
That goes beyond our open and transparent quoting, our punctuality and general demeanour – we also look after all the relevant permits for you.
Any sort of roofing project comes with a lot of extra work to ensure your project is compliant and safe.
We understand you have a lot on your plate already – our metal roof installation experts take care of all the permits for you. We’ll determine what permits you need to apply for and file them for you.