Home renovations

Are you thinking about renovating your home? There are a number of things you should consider before you start any work.

Before erecting a building, or making any changes to a building or other premises such as a garage or shed, you may need to submit a development application. Find out if this applies to you by looking at the common application types that do need an application.

Find out common application types

Have you thought about asbestos?

Buildings, houses and flats erected before the mid 1980s may contain asbestos. Examples of where asbestos can be commonly found in buildings include

  • fibro sheeting (commonly found in older garages, bathrooms, kitchens, laundries and external walls)
  • roofs (including eaves and gables)
  • vinyl tiles and backing
  • guttering and
  • drainage and flue pipes.

Further information regarding the removal of asbestos can be found on SafeWork New South Wales website.

It is illegal to dispose of asbestos waste in domestic garbage bins. It is also illegal to re-use, recycle or illegally dump asbestos products. 

All friable asbestos should only be removed by a specialised asbestos removal contractor with a friable asbestos licence. Licenced contractors can be found in the Yellow Pages under asbestos removal and/or treatment.

Asbestos is accepted at the following locations only (It is no longer accepted at the Tuncurry Waste Management Centre):

  • Taree Waste Management Centre - 6843 The Bucketts Way, Tinonee.
  • Gloucester Waste Management Centre - 385 Thunderbolts Way, Gloucester.

You are required to complete the 'application to dispose of asbestos' form below.

Application to dispose of asbestos form

The form must be completed and returned to the landfill facility a minimum of 24 hours before disposal.

Look out for lead paint

Lead paint is most likely to be found in houses built before 1970. Health risks increase if the paint is flaking or chalking and the risk is particularly high if the lead paint is removed by sanding, sandblasting or burning.

Find out about the health impacts of lead paint and what you should do to safely remove it.