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A Structural Engineer is a licensed professional who designs the structural elements of your project and is critical for the building approval and construction process.
This page contains all the information you will need to know about using a Structural Engineers for your building project.
Why do I need structural engineering drawings for approval & construction?
The designs purchased on MyPropHub do not come with structural engineering drawings and will need to be purchased separately, once a design, site plan and land has been purchased.
A structural engineer is a licensed professional who designs the structural elements of your project and is critical for the building approval and construction process.
Structural engineers also require a soil report to be able to complete their drawings.
What information is included in structural engineering drawings?
Structural engineering drawings may include:
- Concrete slab & footing details
- Floor framing details
- Roof & wall framing details
- Tie down details
- Bracing details
Designs purchased on MyPropHub do not come with structural engineering drawings and will need to be purchased separately, once a design, site plan and land has been purchased.
Simply select "Structural Engineer" with any design purchase in the check out process and MyPropHub may be able to connect you with a structural engineer in your local area.
Please contact MyPropHub if you have any questions regarding Structural Engineers for your construction project.
A Site Plan is required for Building & Council permit purposes and can be added in the check-out cart upon purchase.
For the designer on MyPropHub to be able to produce a Site Plan for your project, they will require a site survey to be completed by a licensed surveyor. This is often provided to buyers by their land developer but it may need to be purchased at your own expense.
When a surveyor completes a site survey for you, simply upload the site survey into your MyPropHub profile. The site details are drawn onto the final working drawings by the designer on MyPropHub, who will then provide you with a site plan.
To obtain a quote for surveyors, simply select the add-on during the check-out process with any design purchase on MyPropHub.
A site plan may include:
- Property boundary lines, size and angles
- Site Area size
- Locations of existing structures if applicable
- Site slope & contours
- North Point
- Services - Sewer, Stormwater, Water, Gas & Telecommunications
- Flood information (if applicable)
- Non-structural information (location of pools, fences, etc.)
- Access information (roads, driveway, crossovers, etc.)
A Site Plan is used by council to determine if a structure can be built on a property in accordance with state and local regulations to provide you with a building approval.
Council Approval Process
The council approval process varies in every country, state and even local council. It is important to ask council if a Development Approval (DA) is required for your new project.
- In most cases, you will not require a Development Application (DA) and can use MyPropHub drawings without any issues or delays.
- If you require a Development Application (DA) you will need to engage the services of a town planner. This may require additional drawings to be purchased through MyPropHub. For example, Shadow / Sun Study, Landscaping and open space plans.
The process of receiving a DA can take longer than a standard approval, as each DA must be scrutinised carefully by council before approval is granted.
The time it takes for approval will depend on your building location. If your design does not receive Development Approval, you may need to engage the designer on MyPropHub to make any required design changes. These will need to be quoted individually on a case by case basis.
All designs purchased on MyPropHub are non-refundable but our designers are experienced working with council and can make changes to the drawings for DA requirements. Due diligence is required by the buyer prior to purchasing to ensure the design is suitable for the site.
For example, a duplex may not be allowed to be built on certain sites or a house may be too large for a certain area.
Builders and can also assist in the DA process, so we recommend you engage a builder early in the process.
View more information on the Building Process.
Contact MyPropHub if you require any assistance.
MyPropHub has developed a range of information for what you need to consider when purchasing a design on MyPropHub
Refer to the MyPropHub Pre- build check
Please also speak to your local council or builder for a list of minimum drawing sheets required and any other regulations or site specifications that need to be considered.
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Q. Who owns the copyright to the designs?
Q. Are refunds available if I change my mind after purchasing a design?
Q. What are the drawing standards on MyPropHub?