Approval Assistance

Obtaining the right approvals is the first step in the land development/water servicing process.

Qalchek proudly assists with around 3,000 various approvals each year.

Before any construction can take place you must have a Sydney Water Building Plan Approval and/or design approval.

A Sydney Water Building Plan Approval ensures that you have considered the necessary steps that need to be taken to prevent damage to any nearby Sydney Water assets. 

If you want to build directly over or right next to a Sydney Water service, additional approvals are required to ensure that the asset will not be damaged, relocated or replaced without Sydney Waters’ consent. Even if works are temporary, Sydney Water must be notified.

Sydney Water will consider applications where a developer wants to build over a reticulation sewer with diameters of 300 mm or smaller. Building over larger sewers, water mains and pressure sewer pipes is not preferred, but is possible in some instances with the right guidance and approvals.

Required in Sydney only, a Section 73 application needs to be lodged to determine if a proposed development meets Sydney Waters’ servicing requirements. In layman’s terms, Sydney Water needs confirmation that the land being developed has access to, or can get access to, its sewer, drinking and recycled water and stormwater services.  If Sydney Water determines that adequate services are not provided, they will request that works be undertaken to update the servicing.

A Section 73 Compliance Certificate is required for residential, industrial and commercial developments if you have obtained a Council Development Consent or Complying Development Consent (CDC) for the following:

  • Boundary adjustments
  • Strata Title
  • Dual occupancy
  • Community Title
  • Torrens Title subdivisions

The time it takes to obtain a Section 73 Compliance Certificate can vary so it is always best to contact Qalchek early in the development process.

Qalchek’s experienced team strives to guide each of their clients through the process, offering insight into the best way to achieve certification.

In addition to Building Plan Approvals and Section 73 Compliance Certificates, Qalchek can assist with the following:

  • Building Over / Adjacent to Sewer applications
  • Hydra prints (Sydney Water Sewer and Water reticulation diagrams)
  • Pressure Sewerage Service Reticulation Extension
  • Service Extension applications
  • Service Adjustment applications
  • Trunk catchment designs
  • Strategic planning and development servicing strategies
  • Sewer pump station design and delivery
  • Booster pump design and delivery
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