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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1:In which areas do you build?
Q2:What is site evaluation?
Q3:Why is site evaluation important?
Q4:How do you know which design suits my land?
Q5:What is included in basic price?
Q6:What are site costs?
Q7:What is included in total price?
Q8:Can I have a fixed price contract?
Q9:What is duplex management fee?
Q10:What is Development Application?
Q11:What is Construction Certificate?
Q12:What is Occupation Certificate?
Q13:How long does it take to obtain Development Approval?
Q14:What are statutory charges?
Q15:How long does it take to build a duplex?
Q16:What are standard inclusions?
Q17:How do I select colours?
Q18:Can I have any façade that I want?
Q19:Why cannot I have my house bigger (or smaller)?
Q20:What if I want to do my own landscaping (or paving, or...)?
Q21:What if I sell the land with Development Approval?
Q22:What if I change my mind?
Q23:Can I buy plans and build myself?
Q24:Can you design a custom duplex for me?

What are statutory charges?

A number of fees, charges and bonds must be paid as a part of the development process, usually before issuing of the Construction Certificate. The most commonly mentioned are 'Section 94 contribution' (contribution for funding public venues, such as parks libraries etc.) and 'Section 73 Certificate' (to do with the connection to Board's sewer).

In some Local Government Areas (Councils) these charges can amount to over $10,000 per unit, delivering an unpleasant surprise to the unsuspecting client.

At Duplex Australia we will calculate these charges as a part of the site evaluation process and let you know the full cost of your development before you commit to it.