All homes built at The Patch must be approved by the Design Assessment Panel (DAP) prior to lodging for any Building Permit or commencing any works on site.
The following process will assist you in navigating the design approval process at The Patch.
Step 1 – Purchase your land
Once you’ve purchased your preferred lot from Jinding, you can view all the relevant documentation you and your builder will need to build your new home via The Patch Buyer’s Portal.
Step 2 – Design your home
Your builder will work with you to design your home to comply with The Patch Design Guidelines. Your architect, builder and/or designer will also need to take into considerations details on the Building Envelope Plans or Plan of Subdivision. You should also comply with any applicable building codes, council bylaws, and other local authority requirements.
Step 3 – Submit your plans for approval
When you are ready to make your submission to the DAP, you can lodge your house plans, colour schedules and landscape plans via The Patch Design Portal https://portal.thepatchwollert.com.au. Ensure your submission is in pdf form and contains all the required information detailed in the checklist (page 12). Generally, your design will be reviewed within 10 working days of your initial submission provided that all documents are submitted correctly.
In some cases, plans may need to be resubmitted. Specific feedback on your design will be provided to help facilitate approval if this occurs. Should a resubmission be required, please ensure that any alterations are highlighted for ease of processing.
Once your design is assessed and approved, you and your builder will be issued with stamped, approved set of plans.
Step 4 – Building permit application by your builder
Once you’ve received your design approval, a building permit must be obtained from either the City of Whittlesea or a licensed building surveyor. Your registered building surveyor will require your home design to comply with any legal or statutory requirements on the Plan of Subdivision and will require evidence of your Developer Approval to process. If any further design modifications are made, you will be required to resubmit plans to the DAP for reassessment.
Step 5 – Construction
Once received, a Building Permit allows you to commence construction. In accordance with the Contract of Sale, construction of your home must commence within 6 months of the settlement of your lot. Completion of your home including garage, driveway, fencing and retaining walls should occur within 18 months of settlement.
Step 6 – Certificate of Occupancy
Certificate of Occupancy certifies that a home can be lived in. Your builder will typically look after this on your behalf. After receiving the Certificate of Occupancy, all front gardens must be landscaped in accordance with these guidelines within 6 months. Fencing must also be constructed within 3 months of the issue of the Certificate of Occupancy.
A note for your builders, is that all kerb and sidewalk rectification works must be completed within 3 months of receiving your Certificate of Occupancy. Your driveway and crossover must be completed before you move into your new home. We want to ensure that the streetscapes at The Patch are well maintained for all residents to enjoy.
Step 7- Developer Approval
Small Lot Housing Code (SLHC)
The Patch is home to a diverse range of lot sizes, some of which are subject to the requirements of the Small Lot Housing Code (SLHC). SLHC applies to lots that provide a single dwelling and have an area less than 300m2. The Patch design guidelines are to be applied in conjunction with the SLHC.
The DAP will not assess proposals against requirements of the SLHC.
Homes must be approved by the Design Assessment Panel (DAP) prior to lodging for any building permit or commencing any construction works. The DAP is appointed by Jinding to oversee and implement the objectives of the Design Guidelines.
The Design guidelines may be changed from time to time at the DAP’s discretion. Applications will be assessed against the current version of the Design Guidelines.
Interpretation and application of these Design Guidelines is at the sole discretion of the DAP. The DAP’s decisions are final. No claims shall be made to the Developer, DAP or their representatives with respect to the decisions made.
The DAP reserves the right to vary or waive the requirements of the Design Guidelines if it believes that a proposal (or an element of a proposal) that is not strictly in accordance with the wording of the Design Guidelines nonetheless makes a positive contribution to the overall objectives of the built form and/or streetscape at The Patch.
Allowance has been made for two submissions for each Design Approval application. Each additional submission may incur an administration fee, at the sole discretion of the DAP. New submissions for a lot that has already had an application approved may also incur an administration fee.