Design and project management

This section of describes design and project management processes specific to weathertightness remediation projects, including the design process, contract documentation, pricing and tenders, and consent applications.

For more general information about drawings, specifications and contracts, see documentation and contracts in the new buildings section of this website.

The development of a remediation design follows these steps:

  • Brief preparation in consultation with the owner(s) or body corporate.
  • Preliminary design – the exploration of repair and improvement options.
  • Developed design – where design decisions, material choices and degree of improvement are finalised with the owner(s) or body corporate.
  • Consent/contract documentation – the preparation of the working drawings and specification for consent application and pricing.
  • Approval of repair plans by any body that may be assisting with costs.
  • Consent application/approval.
  • Quotes and finalising funding.
  • Commission repairs.
  • Final completion.
  • Maintenance of completed work.

For five years after 23 July 2011, homeowners could seek help through the Financial Assistance Package (FAP). The aim of the FAP was to offer eligible homeowners the certainty of a financial contribution and get leaky homes fixed more quickly. Under the FAP, the homeowner shared the cost of repairing the home with the government and the local council that approved the original work and is participating in the scheme. The government and council each paid 25% of the repair cost and the homeowner the remaining 50%.

The FAP scheme closed to new claimants on 23 July 2016. Homeowners wanting to make a new claim about a leaky home today can lodge a claim with the Weathertight Homes Tribunal, or take action through the courts.



Updated: 2 July 2017