VIC – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Act 1993 Part 3 ‘Building Permits Division 4 – Special Provisions Section 28: Historic Buildings and Special Buildings’ permits a building surveyor to issue a building permit for non-complying alterations sympathetic to the original building and the like which do not comply with current regulations, but have historic significance.

Building Act 1993 part extract of Section 28 follows:

28 Historic Buildings and Special Buildings

building_act_1993(1) Despite Section 24, the relevant building surveyor may issue a building permit for the carrying out of building work that does not comply with the building regulations if the work is to be carried out on, or in connection with –

(a) A building included on the Heritage Register established under the Heritage Act 1995;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (2) The building permit may be issued to enable the carrying out of work appropriate to the style, manner of construction and materials of the building.

(3) In deciding an application for a building permit in respect of a building to which subsection (1) applies, the relevant building surveyor must take into account –
(a) the structural adequacy of the building; and
(b) the requirements necessary to make reasonable provision for the amenity of the building and the safety and health of people using the building.

(4) The consent and report of the Executive Director under the Heritage Act 1995 must be obtained to an application to demolish or alter a building which is on a register established under that Act.

Victorian Heritage Register

The building must be on a register under the Heritage Act 1995.

Section 28 is not restricted to municipal building surveyors only because if a private building surveyor is appointed for a building project and no change of use or change of occupancy occurs, no planning permit is required. As a result the building surveyormay neglect to confirm whether the subject building is an historic building.

The building surveyor must therefore consult the Heritage Council Victorian Heritage Council register to confirm the status of buildings not requiring a planning permit.

Building Legislation Table

Refer to our Building Legislation table for further information on the building control process including the Certificate of Occupancy.

Fire Safety Compliance: Essential Safety Measures

Refer to our Essential Safety Measures Identification Table for further information on individual essential safety measures including the AESMR.