Need some advise my back verandah is the old pebblecrete style and want to replace with timber decking. I live in the hillls district. The veranda appears to have concrete cancer a whole chuck of concrete fell off into my hands while I was inspecting under it (about a meter off the ground) and the whole thing makes me nervous thinking it will collapse one day.
Carpenter doesn't want to demolish and wants to build deck straight over saying should be right though I'm not keen. Rather have the whole thing demolished.
I'm also confused whether I need council approval I rang them and did not give me an answer just referred me to a website that I'm trying to figure out.
Do I need council approval to demolish concrete veranda to put new timber decking?
Do I need council if I extend the deck making it wider to about 40sqm?
If I don't extend the width its under 25sqm do I still need approval if timber goes straight ontop? If concrete is inspected and repaired by professional with timber going straight over it?
This whole reno is turning out to be more complicated than I thought anyone has any thoughts? If I have to go through council anyone have any experiences? I wonder how long it will take and what's required I have no plans.