This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to process planning applications for residential buildings in classes 1 and 10 as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and up to three storeys and not more than 2000 square metres in floor area. The unit covers gathering and assessing documentation that supports the planning application process required to obtain planning permission.  The unit supports the work of private and municipal building surveyors carrying out the statutory role of ensuring that proposed residential building projects meet relevant compliance requirements prior to issuing planning permits. 

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. A person demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy all of the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit. The person must process planning applications for four different projects, involving the following class 1 and 10 buildings or structures as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA), where: - two projects must be for class 1a buildings in different locations; - one project must be for a class 1b building, and; - one project must be for a class 10 building or structure: bushfire shelter, swimming pool or retaining wall. At least two of the buildings must be three storeys. In doing the above, the person must also provide evidence of the ability to: - identify relevant approving authority requirements for assessing and issuing planning permissions and ensure adherence to relevant administrative processes; - gather relevant planning application documentation, including drawings, for each building project and assess each application for compliance with relevant legislation, codes, regulations and local planning authority requirements; - analyse documentation supplied by at least one external consultant for each planning application, to ensure information is accurate and complete and to determine compliance of the planning application; - identify and note areas of non-compliance and produce a range of alternative solutions for client consideration; - document final planning permission for each building project, noting specific conditions and validity of each permit, and; - lodge final planning approval.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - BCA classification and definitions for buildings included in classes 1 and 10; - construction methods and materials suitable for buildings in classes 1 and 10; - drawing symbols, notations, acronyms and construction terminology used in the National Construction Code (NCC), Australian standards, working drawings, and building design specifications; - legislative and local planning and building requirements governing the issuing of planning approval permits in the jurisdictions relevant to each building specified in the performance evidence, and; - legislative roles and responsibilities of those issuing planning permits in the relevant jurisdiction.

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