The Building Code of Australia and all previous technical building regulations apply various regulations for balconies which have predominantly been structural and drainage provisions. A number of States’ building regulations have nominated balconies by a building surveyor/ building certifier to include in their essential safety measures schedule/ determination.
Building Code of Australia
Many clauses exist in the Building Code of Australia for the construction of balconies in the various Classes of buildings; building permits need to allow for structural, drainage, safe access (access and egress) and various fire resistance level for balconies.
The following photographs depict external balconies used as a path of travel to reach a fire isolated stairway.