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Now that you’ve decided to build a new home, you will want to get on with it, so you can move in and enjoy it as quickly as possible. Good news! By building with our innovative construction system, your ecokit home can be built in as little as 20 weeks – generally way faster than traditional houses.


Before construction can commence though, there are a number of approvals, reports and essential site inspections to arrange. The location of your block, the nature of the surroundings and your local council requirements will determine what exactly you need for your project.

This can be a time consuming exercise but co-operation with an experienced town planner will help you tick all the boxes, prepare all the required documentation and get the construction of your new home under way as soon as possible.

Making sense of all the pre-construction requirements is overwhelming for many. But we are here to help you right from the start, in those early stages of planning your new ecokit home.

Below is a quick summary on what to expect and how to get your head around the site overlays and required reports and permits that you may need before you start your project.

Council zoning and overlays


No matter the location of your site, it will fall under a land zone (such as residential or rural). This zone governs how the land can be used. Additionally, your site can also be subject to one or more planning overlays, related to a specific feature of the land or the overall area. Some of the regularly seen overlays include:

  • Bushfire Management Overlay
  • Erosion Management Overlay
  • Environmental Significance Overlay
  • Floodway Overlay
  • Heritage Overlay
  • Neighbourhood Character Overlay
  • Significant Landscape Overlay
  • Vegetation Protection Overlay

All existing overlays on your property can be easily found online at VicPlan.

If there’s an overlay, the necessary assessment or report that is required will need to be organised.

The design of your new home will be guided by the recommendations stipulated and any additional requirements. This means that if a Bushfire Management Overlay applies to your property, you will have to get your site assessed and a Bushfire Management Statement will have to be provided.

This statement will state requirements such as the need to install a water tank, reduce canopy cover and keep vegetation clear within a certain distance from the house.


Before we can start working on the design of your new home, there are other reports that may be needed. Depending largely on the overlays that apply on your land, they can include:

  • Feature survey – A detailed survey of your block that identifies the natural features and existing structures on your land and the surrounding property, such as buildings, drains, fences, services, existing trees, contours and ridges. We will use this survey to create a design appropriate for your site. The cost of a detailed survey is around $1,000.
  • Geotechnical report / Soil Test report – A geotechnical engineer will need to be engaged to complete a range of soil tests on your property. This information will identify any underlying soil issues and determine the design specifications for the footings. The type of soil determines how much weight it can support, and how much the soil moves with different moisture contents. This assessment will cost around $3,000.
  • Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessment – If your property is situated in a bushfire-prone area, this report must be obtained. A qualified assessor visits your site and based on a range of features including the slope, vegetation type and its proximity to your site, the BAL rating is identified. Its implications will guide us on certain design features and materials that can be used.
  • Bushfire Management Statement (BMS) – If your property is identified to be located in a high-risk bushfire-prone area, a more detailed report including additional requirements to ensure installation of water tanks and adequate defendable space, such as tree or vegetation removal, might be required.
  • Flora and Fauna Assessments – A report typically required if your site is part of a bushland area. Your council will require this report to assess the development and its likely impact on any endangered flora and fauna. This report will cost around $3,000.
  • Land Capability Assessment – This report is required in case your block is not yet connected to sewerage. Its purpose is to determine the best solution for wastewater management with the lowest impact on the environment.
  • BASIX Report (NSW only) – DA applications in NSW for all new homes, renovations and additions valued over $100,000 must contain a BASIX certificate, outlining the homeowner’s water and energy saving commitments. These have to be verified by an accredited certifier issuing the Occupation Certificate.

In addition to those most required reports, there might be other requirements. For example, if you’re building on an exposed site, a Wind Classification Report (which identifies the wind speed class) might be required. Or, you may need an Arborist Report (to advise on removal of trees) if there is significant existing vegetation on your site.


The thought alone of navigating the pre-construction phase can be enough to give you a headache! But you have found the right partner!

We will take you through the process one step at a time, help you to complete the inspections and assessments, and provide recommendations on the next steps. We’ll also ensure that all the plans, reports and assessments are included in your planning application (if required).

Working with the ecokit team will not only take the stress out of the pre-construction phase, it can also help you to get it finalised faster.

designs and floorplans of ecokit in 3D models on the table


your project?

Would you like to find out more about the overlays, reports and permits that may apply to your property? We’re always happy to help, don’t be shy and say hi!


About Camilla

My enthusiasm for changing lifestyles, determination to change the world, devotion to a positive change of any kind, love of innovative ideas and desire to always push the boundaries organically came together eventually - and so ecokit was born. Now, as a Certified Passive House Consultant, I am proud to be doing what I enjoy and love - helping people to fulfill their dreams of living in a healthy, happy home.

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