Design and Approval Process

The design/approval process commences with the initial consultation, site visit(s), presentation of the fee proposal, development of the design brief, initial designs, final designs, liaision with consultants and statutory approvals.

Consultation/Site Visit

City Coast Building Design provides the initial consultation and site visit for a nominal fee that will be credited to your final account. This will include preliminary discussions to determine the scope of works, identify site constraints, including existing buildings, to enable the preparation of a Fee Proposal.

Fee Proposal

A written Fee Proposal will be prepared and forwarded to you. The Fee Proposal will identify the scope of the works, design documentation, and any other works included, such as:
• Liaison with consultants, such as structural engineers, land surveveyors etc.
• Submissions of applications to Council/Accredited Certifiers for approval.

You will be requested to provide your written acceptance (on the form provided) of the Fee Proposal and to provide a 25% deposit.

Design Brief

Following written acceptance of the Fee Proposal a further meeting(s) will be arranged to develop a detailed design brief that identifies matters such as:
• What are you trying to trying to achieve with the project e.g. a particular design style, more room, downsize etc;
• What are your priorities e.g. number of bedrooms;
• Specific design considerations e.g. ceiling heights, space requirements for furniture;
• Outdoor requirements e.g. decks, pergolas;
• Materials and finishes;
• Site contraints e.g. slope, location of trees;
• Legislative constraints e.g. zoning of the land, Council requirements.

Preliminary Designs

City Coast Building Design will prepare preliminary designs, prepared using CAD software, from the information obtained in the meeting(s), site visit(s) and the design brief. This process may include a number of further meetings with you and site visits where you will be presented with preliminary designs for consideration and discussion.

This consultation and design development phase will continue until the design satisfies your requirements and the design brief.


Input from various consultants may be required during the preliminary design phase and at later stages during the project. These may include:
• Registered Land Surveyor;
• Structural Engineer;
• *Civil Engineer;
• *Hydraulic Engineer;
• *Townplanner;
• *Landscape Architect;
• *Energy Consultant.

* Generally not required for minor development.

Final Design

Final design documentation, as specified in the Fee Proposal, will be prepared and provided to you following finalisation of the preliminary design process.

This may include:
• floor plans;
• elevations;
• sectional elevation;
• site plan;
• shadow cast diagrams;
• 3D views;
• BASIX certificate;
• specification;
• statement of environmental effects;
• completed development application form etc;
• waste plan;
• Council application checklist.


City Coast Building Design will lodge with the local council or accredited certifier a development application, construction certificate or complying development certificate for the proposal if this is specified in the Fee Proposal.

City Coast Building Design

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