AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advises 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 measuresBCA auditsdue diligence audits orfire 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 essential safety measures legislation concerning the maintenance of Essential Fire 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 more instances, the local council building surveyor) can force the owner of an existing building to comply with current regulations (building upgrade), usually via a building notice or similar instrument.

The following photograph depicts the construction of an illegal egress 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 id someone using the stairway as an exit path slips/falls and injures themselves. Civil litigation would easily reveal that the stairs were illegally constructed and does not comply to current building compliance (community expectations) when compared with the current BCA provisions.

Further Advice

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