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 Control
Part 7 Guidelines for Testing.


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
Control
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 Certificate

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
  • Pipes
  • Electrical switchboards
  • Wall and ceiling insulation
  • Paint
  • 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.

A list of relevant application forms relating to Development can be viewed and downloaded in this section.
A step by step guide to the Development Application Process.
If you're considering buying or selling a property in the Berrigan Shire it is important to understand the exact requirements, hazards, outstanding orders or notices that may affect the purchase or sale of the property. You can find these details outlined here.
Berrigan Shire Development Control Plan 2014
Local Emergency Management Plans, DISPLAN, Flood Plans
NSW Local Environmental Plan (2013) was adopted 4 October 2013
As part of the reforms, which aim to introduce consistency in requirements of Fair Trading and local councils, plumbers and drainers are required to submit the following documents at the required stages of the work.
Berrigan Shire Council building staff are available for advice and information regarding planning, building and development issues within the Shire. A list of contact details and resources can be found here.
Council has developed a series of zoning and development controls for the Berrigan Shire. Building and planning officers from the Council are available to discuss any development proposal under consideration and to give advice on any issues that may need consideration. Find out more here.
Tenders and Quotes open to businesses are listed on this page when they are open.

Contacting Council

Office: 56 Chanter Street, Berrigan.
Office hours are 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Monday to Friday.
Phone:
Fax:
Email:
(03) 5888 5100
(03) 5885 2092
Post: Berrigan Shire Council
PO Box 137
BERRIGAN NSW 2712
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