Developers promised quick approvals

A new state-wide code could give developers a building permit within a week.

The State Government wants feedback on the Multi-Residential Code aimed at giving permits within seven days if a developer has met requirements to build a villa-style unit or town house.

Planning Minister Bryan Green says the streamlined code will speed up the process for developers.

"If they meet all of the necessary requirements of the code, the setbacks, the distribution within the space and various other things then it's incumbent on the Council to provide a permit." he said.

"Just as we've done with the multi residential code, once they've complied then the permit should be issued within seven days." Michael Kerschbaum from the Master Builders Association says the changes will give developers confidence.

"So the developer has a lot more certainty going forward that if they do all the right thing and comply with all the requirements, including environmental requirements that they'll in fact have every chance of going through that permitted pathway," he said.

"And if they can't meet one of the requirements, it does trigger a discretionary pathway anyway so they go through the normal process."

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