Home Renovator Guide

Renovating? How exciting, here are some things to consider.

Home renovation is an exciting, challenging and rewarding project when the correct planning and safety precautions are considered.

When planning your renovation project, be aware that any alterations or additions to the building such as extensions, structures or connection to services, must follow Council's planning and development process for approvals and consents.

For internal modifications, these developments are typically exempt from requiring consent or approval from Council, however property owners and contractors should be aware of potential hazards that can affect yours and the  public's health.

Buildings contain many different types of materials and associated chemicals. Unless managed and handled properly some of these can potentially affect the health of people doing renovations, their families, neighbours and the environment.

NSW Health - provides home renovators with important advice concerning the negative health impacts caused by exposure to hazardous materials and chemicals.

Materials that can potentially affect the health of home renovators include:

  • Asbestos - Most commonly as flat or corrugated sheets ('fibro') for walls, ceilings and roofing. Other products include water and drainage pipes, electrical conduit and guttering.
  • Lead - In the form of domestic lead paint, damp coursing, flashing (waterproofing), solder, tap fittings and water pipes.
  • Treated Timber - Contains chemicals to prevent rot and insect attack. Used in a variety of structural applications, landscaping, decking and in damp environments.
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) - Organic chemicals that are used in paints, varnishes, glues, cleaning products, paint thinners, fuels and manufactured timber. Their fumes (or vapours) can be toxic. All paint products contain many different chemicals.