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How can I dual occupancy in Melbourne

Dual occupancy workflow by AuArchitecture

Our process is simple and it works! First things first- can you dual occ your block? We do our site assessment first and measure it against these criteria.

  • Conduct a Development Potential assessment to ascertain what is possible on the block

  • Recommend any modifications which may be required to the existing house if that is to be retained

  • Assess the dual occupancy design against council’s neighbourhood character objectives

  • Determine the size of the potential dual occupancy

  • Study the opportunities and challenges the block offers- site size, vegetation, services, slope, street features and more

  • Verify the zoning, the schedule to the zoning and any planning overlays on the land

  • Check the property title for any restrictions to further development

  • Check the site for easements and location of services

  • Make an Planning Application to your local Council

  • Respond to Council's request for further information

  • Manage the Application at Council

  • Address the conditions attached the the Planning Permit

  • Start the Building Permit documentation

  • Ask Builders to quote on these drawings.

The list is exhaustive in some sites where various reports maybe required.

If we feel it is realistic to proceed, we start the the design of the project with input from the property owner.

The next stage is completing the full set of town planning drawings and planning report (and other reports if required).

The application is lodged with council who will send out a notice requesting further information (RFI).

The satisfactory response to the RFI will lead to the advertising sage, negotiations with any objectors to the Application and council then issues its decision. See the workflow here.

Can you dual occupancy your block? Find out today.

AuArchitecture will give you frank and fearless advice on the best possible scenarios to develop your block and weigh this against any risks.

There are different forms of dual occupancy and we will tell you what type will best suit your property and will get Council’s support.

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We would love to serve you through smart and beautiful  designs for your dream house, dual occupancy, townhouse or apartment projects or commercial and industrial buildings which makes  a difference.

I recall doing a

  • large multi unit  residential design with a sky-street on the fifth level for the kids to play in safety while  creating  a real sense of community living and  

  • a modular home design which grew with the family budget rather like a series of plug in components and 

  • the windmill house with views where each stair landing led to a different view and function and

  • right down to designing and obtaining planning permits for practical traditional designs to meet the family  or developer's budget and objectives.

Our Founder has  worked on hundreds of development sites for dual occupancy and townhouses. He worked on commercial, health, education, retail and leisure projects to name a few other disciplines.

Our professional designs are flexible to suit your vision and realistic to meet your budget.

We advise you must seek legal and financial advice prior to making a commitment on any property development venture. The opinions we provide are general in nature.

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