AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners that local councils are undertaking an all-encompassing inspection process on existing buildings under the building regulations, resulting in the issuing of a building notice. In adopting this approach they are able to detect illegal building works, change of occupancy or change of use, poorly maintained essential safety measures and dangerous buildings.
Building notices will identify dangerous conditions in a building regardless of when the illegal buildings works were performed or when a change of occupancy or change of use has occurred. In most states, the owner will receive the building notice and is responsible for making the building comply with the building notice, even though the tenant could have caused the problem.
Property managers must be aware that if they receive this type of building notice, the consequences could be significant in terms of cost than when compared to an infringement notice under the applicable essential safety measures regulations. Upon receipt of a building notice we suggest you seek professional independent advice before talking to council.
Building Legislation Table
Refer to our Building Legislation table for further information on the building control process.
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