What is RiskSMART?
RiskSMART is a simple and fast way to get low-risk development proposals approved by Brisbane City Council.
Developments which are deemed to have a minimal impact on the local neighbourhood and environment may be designated as low risk and become eligible for a fast track under the RiskSMART scheme.
In order to take a development from the concept stage, through to becoming a reality, there is a lot of work to do and red tape to overcome. There are more building codes and regulations involved in even the simplest of construction projects than many of us realise. It is therefore no surprise that developers are eager to seize any opportunity to get their project finished sooner and cheaper.
RiskSMART is one way of achieving this. Under this scheme, accredited consultants are able to self-certify plans, which then need only to be briefly reviewed by the Council before being approved.
Working with an accredited RiskSMART consultant means that you can cut some of the red tape that might be holding your project back and significantly improve your turnaround times.
DTS is an Accredited RiskSMART Consultant
Councils regularly offer a discount on the charge for reviewing an application if it is submitted through the RiskSMART scheme.
DTS has successfully lodged more applications than anyone else. Usually, it takes the City Council a number of weeks to make decisions regarding development applications, with RiskSMART this time can be as short as 5 days. The difference between waiting a month and waiting less than a week can be a game changer for the budgets of some projects.
We believe that our RiskSMART accreditation adds significantly to our value for clients. Alongside our position as an approved SealSMART consultant, we are able to help a number of projects cut back on their construction times and costs.
Eligible RiskSMART Projects Include:
- Multi-unit dwellings (up to 10)
- Small extensions to shopping centres and centre activities
- Single unit dwellings (up to 10)
- Subdivision of land (up to 10)
- New houses in Character Areas
- Extensions to established schools
- Extensions to houses in Character Areas
- Industrial buildings in industrial areas
Under the program, we will assess your proposal to ensure that it meets all of Brisbane City Council’s planning requirements and lodge it on your behalf.
A major advantage of lodging through the RiskSMART process is the reduced timeframes for approval. Code Assessable applications that normally take between 2-4 months are generally approved within 1 week. Impact Assessable applications that typically take between 6-9 months generally take around 2 months.
RiskSMART is a mark of excellence that we are proud to hold. We can help you to ascertain whether your project meets the criteria for RiskSMART, and work with you in order to ensure that you are able to utilise the scheme to your advantage.
Contact us to find out more about how we can fast-track your development project using RiskSMART.
Get in touch