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Red Textas – specializing in building permits!

building surveyingRed Textas is a consultancy building surveying company established in 1994. We evolved in the wake of Government de-regulation of the building surveying industry and in response to the frustration from architects, designers and builders in obtaining building permits. We have been able to exercise the building surveying functions in a practical and responsible manner ever since, as well as to develop a vast network of clients.

Our business is mainly focused around the residential and commercial market in inner metropolitan suburbs in the local Municipalities ( Bayside, Glen Eira, Stonnington, Boroondara, Kingston, Monash). However we’ve been consistently issuing building permits in other Council areas such as Whitehorse, Banyule, Darebin, Port Phillip, Yarra, Melbourne, Wyndham and the Mornington Peninsula & Yarra Ranges Shires.

Our goal is to work closely with architects, builders and owners to a service that will ultimately allow the building permit to be issued without any unnecessary delays. We do this by using a common sense approach with one eye on the needs of the client and the other on the requirements of the Building Act / Regulations.

Our goal is to provide a responsible building surveying and inspection service. To maintain regular clients that enjoy working with our team and to issue the building permits without any unnecessary delays


After 20 years in the business, we have a vast experience in dealing with complex residential and commercial building projects including aged care, retail, office and apartment development projects. We have regular dealings with a variety of stakeholders- from the owner designer to the architect and engineers (e.g, structural/ civil/ services & fire).

Part of the service is to offer accurate advice over the course of the job- usually provided on same day by email or telephone. Another fact of our business is that all building permit applications are checked within 5 – 7 days. Our checklists reports are relayed immediately via email and mail. Other measures are often put in place to develop the application further – depending on the client’s wishes (such as applying for siting dispensations, obtaining property information and storm water discharge report).

We have ten full time staff including myself as qualified Building Surveyor since 1992 and full member of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors since 1993. Building permit reports and assessments are generally carried out by myself . Building inspections in the metropolitan area are conducted by Martin Beech (who has been at the company since 2003), Sean McDonnell  (since 2006) and Mick Cripps ( since 2010). Whilst we tend not to rely on external qualified inspectors, we have developed a network of very competent qualified building inspectors who report daily.

Our administration staff, are well experienced and energetic contributors to the company. They are familiar with the building permit process and can provide accurate advice on a job before referring the job to the building surveyors. They can organise quotations and help with the fast tracking of the building permit.


Michael Shaw
Director – Red Textas
Building Surveyor BS U 1165