AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise designers, property developers and builders to be sure building permit/license/approval documents remain consistent with planning permits/approvals. Building surveyors checking documents for a building permit/ approval are required to ensure the building permit documentation complies with the planning permit, in particular the endorsed plans issued by the authority.

However, there is often a degree of doubt amongst designers and the project co-ordinators about who is responsible for ensuring that the building permit complies with the endorsed planning permit drawings.

The general consensus is that building surveyors have a low tolerance to proposed building permit plans that depart from planning permit endorsed drawings. Significant delays can be expected if an inconsistency is noted as the building surveyor will require the plans to be either re-endorsed or building permit documents amended to coincide with the planning permit.

A prudent approach is to program in sufficient time to have proposed building permit plans co-ordinated with planning permit endorsed plans prior to submission for a building permit/ approval.