Unit of competency details

CPCCBS8005 - Manage planning approval processes for all building types (Release 1)


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1 1 (this release) 05/Jun/2015


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ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 040305 Building Surveying  

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ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 040305 Building Surveying  04/Sep/2015 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 1.

This version first released with CPC Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package Version 1.


This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required by senior building surveyors to manage the assessment of planning approval applications for all Building Code of Australia (BCA) defined classes and types of buildings, including all Type A buildings in classes 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

The unit supports researching and applying compliance requirements specified in building and planning legislation, regulations, codes and standards applicable to the proposed building project, and analysing advice provided by specialist consultants. It involves overseeing the work undertaken by other building surveyors who may contribute to gathering and assessing planning approval documentation but who do not have the authority to issue planning permits.

The unit supports the work of senior private and municipal building surveyors carrying out the statutory role of ensuring that proposed building projects meet relevant compliance requirements prior to issuing planning permits.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

Pre-requisite Unit


Competency Field

Building surveying

Unit Sector


Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions.


Prepare for planning approval processes.


Service agreements or council policy statement on service provision relating to the assessment of planning approval application are discussed and agreed with clients and scope of service is confirmed.


Nature and scope of planning approval application are reviewed and delegated to appropriately qualified staff where necessary.


Staff are guided where necessary to ensure relevant legislation, codes and regulations are accessed and researched for compliance requirements relevant to proposed planning application.


Assess planning application documentation for compliance.


Documentation prepared by external consultants  is obtained, analysed and applied through the planning approval process.


Planning application documentation  is reviewed for accuracy, currency and completeness according to local authority requirements, and further information is requested from client where necessary.


Compliance requirements for BCA classes and types of buildings  are identified, researched and recorded.


Documentation submitted is assessed for compliance with current and relevant local planning scheme, codes and legislation, and areas of non-compliance are documented.


Design plans are assessed for compliance with relevant legislation, codes and regulations, and areas of non-compliance are raised for discussion with client, architect or building designer.


Public notices are arranged according to planning requirements, and objections to proposed development are managed according to regulations and workplace procedures.


Areas of non-compliance are identified, alternative solutions communicated to client, and revised plans assessed.


Manage stakeholder communications.


Clients are updated on progress of planning approval application and the need for further information when necessary.


Consultations with architect or building designer are undertaken where necessary to clarify features and elements of proposed building project.


Potential for disputes between clients and other stakeholders during the planning approval application process is identified, monitored and mitigated to avoid escalation.


Document and finalise planning decisions.


Approved planning permits are reviewed for thoroughness and legislative compliance prior to providing final sign-off.


Planning permission conditions that ensure protection of environment, adjacent structures and, where appropriate, heritage listed structures are written and reviewed to ensure clarity and compliance with relevant planning schemes, regulations, legislation and the BCA.


Copy of planning permit is submitted to local authority and client.

Foundation Skills

This section describes the language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills essential to performance in this unit but not explicit in the performance criteria.


Performance feature 

Learning skills to:

  • draw on past experience of assessing and managing planning applications to assist in different and more complex planning applications
  • maintain currency of knowledge in processes required to manage planning approval applications across a range of jurisdictions through, for example, email alerts, conferences, or subscriptions to relevant journals.

Numeracy skills to:

  • extract and analyse a range of mathematical information contained in building design drawings analysed as part of the planning approval process.

Oral communication skills to:

  • select and use appropriate vocabulary when giving instructions to clients, providing explanations, or seeking additional information to support the planning approval process
  • use effective strategies to confirm, clarify or correct the understanding of others when delegating and monitoring work.

Reading skills to:

  • understand specialised vocabulary and acronyms specific to technical documentation used in building projects and planning application documentation
  • use different reading strategies to locate specific compliance requirements in a range of resources, including the BCA.

Writing skills to:

  • use accurately-spelled specialised vocabulary in the documentation supporting planning approval applications, including when clearly stating any approval conditions.

Range of Conditions

This section specifies work environments and conditions that may affect performance. Essential operating conditions that may be present (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) are included. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below.

Consultants  must include at least one of the following:

  • access consultants
  • energy efficiency assessors
  • fire services engineers
  • geotechnical engineers
  • heritage consultants
  • hydraulic engineers
  • mechanical engineers
  • structural engineers
  • waterproofing specialists.

Planning application documentation  must include:

  • concept drawings to scale, with relevant calculations, levels, notes and specifications
  • planning approval application form
  • proof of building site ownership.

Type of building  must include:

  • Type A buildings as defined in the BCA, including buildings that are:
  • 3 storeys or more in classes 2, 3 and 9
  • 4 storeys or more in classes 5, 6, 7 and 8
  • Type B buildings as defined in the BCA
  • Type C buildings as defined in the BCA.

Unit Mapping Information

No equivalent unit.


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Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 1.

This version first released with CPC Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package Version 1.

Performance Evidence

A person demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy all of the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit. The person must manage the planning approval process for five different planning applications covering the following building classes as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA):

  • two class 1 buildings
  • two class 2 buildings
  • one building selected from classes 3 to 9.

At least one of the above building projects must be two storeys and one building project must be four storeys or more.

For each of the above projects, the person must:

  • identify relevant approving authority requirements for assessing and issuing planning permissions and ensure adherence to relevant administrative processes
  • gather relevant planning application documentation, including drawings, and assess each application for compliance with relevant legislation, codes, regulations and local planning authority requirements
  • analyse documentation supplied by external consultants to ensure information is accurate and complete and to determine compliance of the planning application
  • identify and note areas of non-compliance and produce a range of alternative solutions for client consideration
  • document final planning permission, noting specific conditions and validity of each permit
  • check and asses the research and work of building surveyors who contribute to the planning approval process to ensure accuracy and timeliness of information
  • lodge final planning approval with the relevant authorities and notify the client.

Knowledge Evidence

A person demonstrating competency in this unit must demonstrate knowledge of:

  • construction methods and materials suitable for the classes and types of buildings
  • drawing symbols, notations, acronyms and construction terminology used in the National Construction Code (NCC), Australian standards, working drawings, and building design specifications
  • legislative and local planning and building requirements governing the issuing of planning approval permits in the jurisdictions relevant to each building specified in the performance evidence
  • legislative roles and responsibilities of those issuing planning permits in the relevant jurisdiction
  • roles and responsibilities of external consultants who provide input into the planning approval process
  • sections of the BCA relevant to the classes and types of buildings specified in the performance evidence
  • strategies for handling objections to planning applications.

Assessment Conditions

Suitable assessment of performance requires:

  • equipment:
  • computer with internet access and business software currently in use in building surveying practices
  • materials:
  • planning application documentation specified in the range of conditions
  • specifications:
  • access to the BCA
  • access to legislation, regulations, codes, standards and other relevant compliance documentation relating to each building type specified in the performance evidence
  • relationships with team members and supervisor:
  • access to a team of building surveyors with various levels of experience and approval authority
  • relationship with client:
  • access to a range of clients who may include owner builders, developers, architects and building designers.

Assessor requirements 

Assessors must satisfy the assessor requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) current at the time of assessment.

In addition, assessors must also demonstrate current membership of a relevant industry association and have current registration on the National Building Professionals Register in the Building Industry Control category (level 1) or be accredited under the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) National Accreditation Scheme at Building Surveyor level.


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