AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) under Part D2 Construction of Exits sets out specific requirements for handrails, going and risers and thresholds. Construction of an internal stair without the necessary statutory building permit (building approval) runs many risks for the building owner and tenant.

Building Compliance System

Through the various types of inspections (such as essential safety measures, BCA audits, due diligence audits or fire safety audits) undertaken by HENDRY and Essential Property Services, our staff become aware of situations in a number of buildings that are unsafe for the occupants of a building.

While legislation concerning the maintenance of Essential Safety Measures around Australia does not allow for ‘directions’ to be used to force an existing building to comply with the current Building Code of Australia, a statutory authority (in most instances, the local council) can force the owner of an existing building to comply with current regulations, usually via a building notice or similar instrument.

The following photograph depicts the construction of an illegal internal stair which does not comply with a number of provisions under Part D2 Construction of Exits in the Building Code of Australia:

Summary

The building owner and tenant would be at risk if someone using the stairway slips/falls and injures themselves. Civil litigation would easily reveal that the stairs were illegally constructed and does not comply to current safety standards (community expectations) when compared with the current BCA provisions.