Frequently asked questions

Permits, Regulatory & Compliance

What is a 'tranportable' building?


Transportable buildings are pre-fabricated buildings delivered on site by truck. Usually they are delivered complete but they can also be in sections, and do not require any further fitting out. They comply with the definition of a temporary building (outlined earlier) and do not require a building permit.




What is a 'temporary' building?


A temporary building is one that: • Is easily transportable and able to be removed from a site within 24 hours; • Does not have permanent footings, but could have above ground concrete blocks, concrete pads, screw piles, or similar; • Will only be used for a maximum of 18 months (currently three years for people impacted by bushfires), or until rebuilding is complete, after which it must be removed from the site. • Contains or have access to, the following minimum facilities: – Toilet; – Clothes washing facilities; – Bath or shower; and – A kitchen sink and facilities for the preparation and cooking of food; • Has adequate natural light and sufficient ventilation; • Has safe access by way of steps or a ramp; • Has a smoke detector directly outside each bedroom; and • Is structurally adequate for the 18 months. A building permit is not required to erect or place a temporary building on an allotment while a new house is being constructed. However, it is important to check with your local Council whether it has any requirements regarding the siting of a temporary building as some each Council has different regulations. Temporary buildings must be removed after occupation of the new home constructed on site or within generally 18 months, whichever occurs earlier. If this is not possible, you should talk to your local Council. Electricity and gas supply (if any) must be reconnected to the site and a sewerage/septic system must be provided on site prior to the temporary building being occupied. Plumbing and electrical compliance certificates will be required for these works from a licensed plumber and electrician respectively.




What is a building permit and do I need one?


Building permits relate to the method of construction of a building or development. Whether you require a building permit will depend on your intended use of the building. Many of Livin Modulars smaller one and two module cabin designs have been designed to be 'transportable', therefore technically do not require a building permit. However, if you intend for the structure to remain on the property in excess of 18 months, you should seek advice from your local Council in regards to their specific permit requirements. If the intended use is a permanent place or residence, you will require a building permit. In come cases, you may need to obtain both a building permit and a planning permit.




What is a planning permit and do I need one?


A planning permit is a legal document that allows a certain use and / or development on land. It normally contains a written document with conditions that must be met and a set of plans from the Council. In most circumstances for new home building you will require a planning permit. In special circumstances, the local council may waive the need for one, for example rebuilding after a natural disaster.




Can Livin Modular arrange a planning permit / building permit on my behalf?


Yes. We manage both these processes on behalf of our clients when requested and a quotation to obtain these permits can be provided at the Preliminary price stage. Please advise us of you require this service.




Can I build a Livin Modular home using my existing planning permit?


Yes, however in most cases a planning permit amendment will be required. This ordinarily takes a relatively short time to be approved once submitted with your local council. Livin Modular can arrange a planning permit amendment on your behalf as an additional service.





Design

Do you have standard designs to select from?


Yes. We have a catalogue of designs and projects that we are regularly updating and adding too. Please contact us for further information.




Can you create a custom building design for me?


Livin Modular works in collaboration with some wonderful architects who are highly experienced in modular design. If you are seeking a custom design, we can arrange for them to contact you to give you a quote for their services.




Can I change the floorplan of one your standard designs?


Yes, if you only wish to alter the room configurations, but not the footprint of the building. If the standard floor plans don't meet your living requirements or you wish to delete or add further mdoules, we can refer you to architects we collaborate with to design a bespoke home utilising a range of modules.




What are the standard module sizes?


There are two module sizes: 5 metre module is 4.98m (l) x 3.48m (w) x 2.81m (h) 7 metre module is 6.98m (l) 3.48m (w) x 2.81m (h)




How long will it take for my building to be ready for transport?


The design stage of your project is usually a more lengthy process than the manufacturing stage. This will depend on your specific living and aesthetic requirements, whether you are building a custom design or using one of our standard designs and which regulatory and planning requirements are required by your local council.
Generally however, Livin Modular will only require 4 weeks to manufacture the concrete modules from the design stage for a typical residential home. Onsite building once the concrete modules are delivered will depend on the complexity of your design and who is building the home for you.




Can modules be installed on a sloping site?


Yes, as long as the site can be accessed with trucks and a crane, modules can be installed on all types of gradients.




How is Livin Modular different to other prefabricated modular systems?


Modular homes are houses built off-site, usually in a manufacturing type facility. Each prefabricated system is slightly different from the other. Some are made in sections that are later assembled onsite, some are complete boxes made from steel or timber and some are made from traditional materials using new technologies to speed up the construction process. Livin Modular is the only prefabricated system that is a complete four wall and ceiling box made from concrete with no joins in the elements. This makes our system not only unique, but also extremely durable and structurally superior over time. Additionally, the nature of concrete enables superior energy efficiency and resilence to natural disasters.




Does Livin Modular do commercial projects?


Yes! We have used the modules for many commercial projects including multi storey apartment complexes, student accomodation, prisons and aged care facilities. In fact, the gains in using modular technology improve with the size of the project.





Logistics

Can I arrange my own transport and delivery?


Each module weigh approximately three tonne. Due to the inherent risk in handling items which such weight, Livin Modular needds to be transported and installed by qualified professionals with experience.




Do I need a permit for road transport?


No. The modules have been specifically designed to be within the minimum requirements for safe road transport throughout Australia and do not require an 'oversize'escort.




How are the modules secured for transport?


Chains are generally used to secure the loads either over the top or to specifically designed anchor points cast in to the underside of the units. This transport method generally has to be decided prior to manufacture so that relevant cast in points can be catered for.




Do you arrange the transport and installation?


Yes, transport and installation is part of our cost and will be identified to you as a seperate line on the quote.




How are the modules lifted into position?


The manufactured units are very stable rectangular structures with a centre of gravity just over half way up their height. This is affected by the amount and configuration of openings for doors and windows etc.. Each unit during the shop drawing phase has it’s own specific Centre of Gravity calculated and located on the shop drawing so that the lifting points can be positioned to ensure that the modules lift level from the mould and are easy to install.




How long does transport and installation take?


Depending on your location in Australia, transport from our manufacturing facility to your site and installation will all be completed within one day.





Cost

I have a design already. Can I get a cost estimate to build my project with the Livin Modular system?


Yes! Before we do that for you, we need to understand what your expectations and constraints are. Do you have adequate access for us to install? Do you have a budget? Do you want us to build or do you have your own builder? Please provide us as much detail as possible so that we can qualify quickly whether we can or cannot assist you.




How much does it cost to build a Livin Modular home?


It is extremely difficult to provide accurate costings without knowing the details of specific projects. Each project will vary depending on the site conditions, location, size of project, number of modules, specification and individual requirements. As a broad based approximate, building with modules is comparable in cost to traditional building and for smaller projects, slightly more expensive. However if you factor in Energy efficiency, durability, speed of manufacture and construction, as well as overall life cost of the building, the modular building over the long term has a lower cost. It is therefore diffcult to compare “like for like” as the type of construction is completely different. Below is some example pricing of different ways to cost essentially the same configuration of modules. These are broad based estimates only and we would strongly advise that we have a broad range of experience in tailoring a design to your budget, so it is far better to have a discussion with us so we understand your requirements, then making an assumption based on the following indicative examples. Example Pricing for the same house configuration under different scenarios (approximates only): Scenario 1: Six module, four bedroom home - design, supply and installation only Design and Documentation: $30,000 Modules: $84,000 Transport and Installation: $12,000 By others: Building Permit Application, Siteworks, Lockup, Fitout and completion Scenario 2: Six module, four bedroom home - full build - approx 300m2 Design, Documentation and Permits: $45,000 Project Management: $15,000 Modules: $84,000 Transport and Installation: $12,000 Site works, foundations, lockup: $150,000 Fitout, finishes and fixtures: $150,000 External works: $50,000 m2 rate = $1,686 m2 Scenario 2: Six module, four bedroom home - full build BAL 40 - approx 300m2 Design, Documentation and Permits: $50,000 Project Management: $20,000 Modules: $84,000 Transport and Installation: $12,000 Site works, foundations, lockup: $175,000 Fitout, finishes and fixtures: $150,000 External works: $50,000 m2 rate = $1,803 m2




I'm a builder. Can I just buy the modules only?


Absolutely! Please contact us for pricing.




How much does it cost to run a Livin Modular home?


The superior energy efficiency of our homes means heating and cooling costs can be reduced by up to 80%. Solid concrete also means maintenance costs are minimal. We are so confident of that in fact, that we offer a 50year structural guarantee on the structure.




Are there any government grants available to contribute to the build cost?


Yes, there are a number of government initiatives currently available to contribute to the build cost. Home Builder provides eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) with a grant of $25,000 to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home where the contract is signed between 4 June 2020 and 31 December 2020. For further informaiton, please contact your local State Revenue Office. A factsheet can be found here: https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-06/Fact_sheet_HomeBuilder_0.pdf The First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) scheme was introduced on 1 July 2000 to offset the effect of the GST on home ownership. It is a national scheme funded by the states and territories and administered under their own legislation.Under the scheme, a one-off grant is payable to first home owners that satisfy all the eligibility criteria. Further information on the scheme as applicable to your particular state or terriroty can be found here: http://www.firsthome.gov.au/




What does a a supply only price include?


Structural certification Window and door openings Conduits for services Delivery and installation