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When is a deck not a deck?

By Col1234 24 August 2011 35

Our neighbour has recently built a huge deck in his backyard that is mounted to the top of the roof of the house.

It has a pitched roof and it is around 5 m high.

As we had no notification that it was being built I contacted ACTPLA to see if it had DA approval as it states on their site that 4m is the maximum height.

They wrote back saying it had building approval and was exempt from DA.

The project had been submitted as a building extension and not a deck and no notification was required. 

I was just wondering how common this is?

I have read another article about a sunroom that is a simillar case but the deck has no walls or windows and looks nothing like the house so I am not sure how it can be classified as an extension.

What’s Your opinion?


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Col1234 10:43 pm 21 Oct 11

Well finally heard back from the Ombudsman and they have no power to do anything. They can only make recomendations to gov departments which the departments can then ignore. Makes sense doesn’t it…..not..

Least the hedge is growing well..

Col1234 5:15 pm 07 Sep 11

Foreboding said :

I was impressed to see ACTPLA’s reply. About two years ago I made an appointment with them to discuss my landscaping plans and they said ” you can do anything you want to because we’ll never check.” The public servant I spoke to was adamant that ACTPLA would never go to the effort of enforcing anything because they didn’t have enough budget for enforcement.

That may still be the case. Actpla comms was happy to try to help but there is not much they can do as they are still part of the same department. I have moved on to the Ombudsman now.

Has anyone had any dealings with the Ombudsman?

Foreboding 4:27 pm 03 Sep 11

I was impressed to see ACTPLA’s reply. About two years ago I made an appointment with them to discuss my landscaping plans and they said ” you can do anything you want to because we’ll never check.” The public servant I spoke to was adamant that ACTPLA would never go to the effort of enforcing anything because they didn’t have enough budget for enforcement.

Col1234 4:23 pm 31 Aug 11

ACTPLAComms said :

We’d be happy to look into this further for you – please send through your contact details including the street address. Email us at ACTPLA_Communications@act.gov.au.

whoodzzz said :

ACTPLAComms said :

ACTPLA_Communications@act.gov.au comes direct to the Environment and Sustainable Development (ESDD) Directorate’s Communications section. ACTPLA is now part of ESDD.

great work guys! nice to see someone is listening!

Sounded like they were listening but haven’t heard anything back from them yet.

The Antichrist 6:33 pm 25 Aug 11

John Moulis said :

the last time anybody in government responded to something in The Canberra Times was when Kate Carnell as CM replied to one of my Letters to the Editor in 1999.

hahaahah*snort* yes, I am sure that absolutely nobody else has ever had the government respond to anything printed in the CT during the past 12 years.

Classified 4:05 pm 25 Aug 11

Jim Jones said :

EvanJames said :

John Moulis said :

I think the last time anybody in government responded to something in The Canberra Times was when Kate Carnell as CM replied to one of my Letters to the Editor in 1999.

Clearly a key life milestone. Did you clip it out of the paper and frame it?

… right next to the bill pile of restraining orders.

I’d have thought the blog would have been the place to put it…

Jim Jones 3:37 pm 25 Aug 11

EvanJames said :

John Moulis said :

I think the last time anybody in government responded to something in The Canberra Times was when Kate Carnell as CM replied to one of my Letters to the Editor in 1999.

Clearly a key life milestone. Did you clip it out of the paper and frame it?

… right next to the bill pile of restraining orders.

EvanJames 3:19 pm 25 Aug 11

John Moulis said :

I think the last time anybody in government responded to something in The Canberra Times was when Kate Carnell as CM replied to one of my Letters to the Editor in 1999.

Clearly a key life milestone. Did you clip it out of the paper and frame it?

John Moulis 1:36 pm 25 Aug 11

ACTPLAComms said :

ACTPLA_Communications@act.gov.au comes direct to the Environment and Sustainable Development (ESDD) Directorate’s Communications section. ACTPLA is now part of ESDD.

Nice to see that RiotACT is now the place to turn to in order to get action from officialdom. I think the last time anybody in government responded to something in The Canberra Times was when Kate Carnell as CM replied to one of my Letters to the Editor in 1999.

aussielyn 11:47 am 25 Aug 11

Great to see the post from ACTPLA Communications Unit!
Looks like a more work for the Compliance Unit, good onya Craig & team.
The job these guys do is not well publicised. Maybe rectification stats could be published here so that people know they cannot do whatever they want. Non compliance could double your time and budget.

Innovation 5:15 pm 24 Aug 11

Mr Waffle said :

Awww, ACTPLA sorting it out isn’t nearly as fun as these comments being whipped up into a witchhunt 🙁 oh well.

Thumper said :

If it walks like a deck, quacks like a deck, then I guess we have to entertain the possibility, however remote that may be, that it is, in fact, a deck.

Shouldn’t we determine whether it floats first – I know it’s a bit too pythonesque……

Thumper 4:52 pm 24 Aug 11

If it walks like a deck, quacks like a deck, then I guess we have to entertain the possibility, however remote that may be, that it is, in fact, a deck.

Mr Waffle 4:27 pm 24 Aug 11

Awww, ACTPLA sorting it out isn’t nearly as fun as these comments being whipped up into a witchhunt 🙁 oh well.

whoodzzz 3:58 pm 24 Aug 11

ACTPLAComms said :

ACTPLA_Communications@act.gov.au comes direct to the Environment and Sustainable Development (ESDD) Directorate’s Communications section. ACTPLA is now part of ESDD.

great work guys! nice to see someone is listening!

ACTPLAComms 3:43 pm 24 Aug 11

ACTPLA_Communications@act.gov.au comes direct to the Environment and Sustainable Development (ESDD) Directorate’s Communications section. ACTPLA is now part of ESDD.

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