I am currently engaged in attempting to get permission from ACTPLA to build a water tank on the side of my house.
Originally, Mrs Maelinar contacted ACTPLA and was informed that permission may not be necessary – just put the details in an email and we’ll see what we can do kind of thing.
Unfortunately, we were informed that we needed permission (the tank will be visible from the road) – so I began the process of filling out a land development application, as per our advice.
Here’s where the dramas really started…
You would think that water tanks were becoming popular enough to warrant their own section in the document, because frankly I’m as sick of hearing about the water restrictions and dam levels as anybody else around this town. When I finally worked out that the ‘type of development’ for a water tank is single dwelling / outbuilding, I realised the implications:
This is minimum requirements.
Rightyhoo, time to scan the plans into some kind of graphical editing proggy and do a bit of creative editing…
Leaving the point completely aside that you can buy a prefabricated water tank at bunnings for a moment – there’s going to be a fee. A fee for what I might ask ?
So for the honour of doing something for the environment, within Jon’s plan for Canberra, not only do I get to fork out for the water tank itself, I’ve got to pay to put in an application ?
I’m getting to the point of asking for forgiveness is easier than asking for permission here…
Anybody know how to get through the red-tape a little easier ?