We will ask you to sign an approval form to get these plans fir though. We cannot get the plans without your written approval. The government are then given a copy of this approval. Then we can get the plans.
The Conveyancing File is the files of plans of the property concerned that is gotten from the local authorities. In the case of Canberra it is from Access Canberra (ACTPLA – ACT Planning Authority).
The file will have all the original and approved and altered plans that were submitted and maybe approved over however old the building is.
These are bought by the inspector from the government. The inspector uses these in two instances. He uses them to do his Energy Rating calculations from, to get wall distances and roof sizes and window sizes. It is be a false economy to only measure these on site. It takes a lot longer and there is no cost saving in not getting the files sent to the Building Assessor.
Along with the other reports and inspections these are all then sent to the client. In our case the client then receives his invoice and pays the bill.
Usually the inspector will have a communication set up with possibly the real estate agents, and they can get their copy, and also possibly the attorneys of the vendor. Each vendor will have the way they want to do this. It will be your choice what we do, not ours.
Written by Nick Broadhurst, our inspector. For more information on Nick: SEE HERE
All Building and Pest Inspectors are registered here at Access Canberra. Our number is 111.