Building Regulations Blog

Occupancy Permits do not Confirm Regulatory Compliance

VIC - The recent changes to the Building Act 1993 that commenced on 1 July 2016 now requires owners to be more aware of building work activities on their property. Owners need to ensure building permits are in place and that the closure of any building work is achieved by the issue of either an

Changes to Baseline Data AS1851-2012

AUST - Baseline data is the set of data required at the time of installation of a system or equipment to establish a performance benchmark.  It's highly recommended that building owners and facility/property managers are aware of the changes to AS1851-2012 Routine Service of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment as

Premises Standards: Principal Pedestrian Entrance: Disability Access

AUST - Hendry advise that there is no definition in the Building Regulations, Standards or the Building Code of Australia of the ‘Principal Pedestrian Entrance’; we need to refer to the Premises Standards Guide. The Guideline on the Application of the Premises Standards however states ‘The principal pedestrian entrance is required

Building Approval Documentation

QLD – Hendry advises that the Building Act 1975 and Building Regulations 2006 by specific reference to referring authorities, Building Code of Australia (BCA) and Australia Standards, stipulates certain documents to be provided to a building certifier upon application for a building approval. Clients must be aware that the following Building

Council Building Notice

AUST - Hendry advises building owners and property professionals that some local councils are undertaking a "combined inspection process" on existing buildings under the building regulations resulting in the issuing of a building notice. In adopting this approach they encompass detection of illegal building works, change of occupancy or use, poorly

Glazing Audits: Building Audit

AUST - Hendry provides glazing audits/glass audits for clients to establish compliance with local standard or nominated by the client for their existing building or portfolio of buildings, especially prior to applying for a building approval. Occupational Health and Safety Legislation and Case Law highly the necessity of building owners, property managers,

Guide To Using AS1851-2012 in Queensland

QLD –  All maintenance contracts for sites located in Queensland must by law be tested to AS 1851-2012 by 1st January 2015. It is strongly recommended that building owners and their representatives (if applicable) have their fire protection equipment serviced to AS 1851-2012 as early as possible. This will enable building

Technical Due Diligence Audit: Building Audit

AUST – HENDRY building surveyor were engaged by a major institutional building owner to provide a technical due diligence audit encompassing a building audit. The technical due diligence audit covered regulatory  issues such as the Building Code of Australia (BCA), Essential Safety Measures, Accessibility Audit (DDA), Risk and OH&S. The

Building Act 1975: Building Work: Building Regulations 2006

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers highlight the statutory responsibility of persons involved in minor fit-outs in a building under the Building Regulations. Owners, occupiers, developers and builders are all accounted for in the extensive framework of Queensland building legislation such as the Building Act 1975, Building Regulations 2006 and the

QLD – Fire Safety Installations Audit: Building Audit

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers provide a complete and independent fire safety installation audit and reporting service on fire safety installations to suit clients’ buildings. A fire safety installation audit enables property managers and building owners to have the assurance that their building are safe and meet their fire safety installation audit obligations under

Building Audit: Building Regulations Compliance

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners to ensure a building audit is performed prior to tenants commencing design plans to change their tenancy areas under the Building Regulations. Occupiers of buildings (mostly tenants) typically want to change their tenancies by either altering the building or their partitioning layout. Depending on

Fire Systems Functional Interface Test: Building Audit

AUST – Essential Property Services performed a Fire Systems Functional Interface Test (building audit) for an authorities building. The building audit was undertaken by relevantly qualified and experienced staff. The testing is intended to prove and verify a functional interface of the fire systems and fire systems capacity to perform

Non Deemed to Satisfy External Wall Cladding Systems: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that in recent years, residential and commercial buildings in Australia have seen a dramatic increase in the use of innovative, external wall cladding systems which are not covered within the Building Code of Australia (BCA) deemed-to-satisfy (DtS) provisions and building regulations. When these systems

Disability Access Audits: Premises Standards

AUST – HENDRY Disability Access Consultants are experts in BCA Disability Access Audits leading to building permits and building certifications. Our disability access audits are performed by our building certifiers, who are statutory registered across the whole of Australia to issue permits/approvals for all disability access code provisions contained in

Aisles in Theatres and Auditoriums: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that an aisle in a theatre or auditorium must either be sloped at 1:8 or less or the floor must be stepped. Stepped floors are common and the maximum angle must not exceed 30 ̊ when a line is drawn over the consecutive nosings

Aisles in Theatres and Auditoriums

AUST - Hendry advise that an aisle in a theatre or auditorium must either be sloped at 1:8 or less or the floor must be stepped under the Building Code of Australia. Stepped floors are common and the maximum angle must not exceed 30 ̊ when a line is drawn over

Tread Nosings in the Building Code of Australia

AUST - Hendry advise that the 2014 Building Code of Australia (BCA) has introduced criteria for the slip resistance of treads or tread nosing strips and stair landings. Slip resistance must be shown to comply with AS 4586. The table below specifies the required rating to be achieved. Circumstance Dry Wet

Title Boundary and Essential Safety Measures

AUST - Hendry advise that construction of a building to the title boundary of an allotment under a building approval provides for the efficient use of a property but also provides the building owner with long term essential safety measures maintenance problems. Construction techniques exist that allow fire rating of boundary walls

QLD Mandatory Inspections: Final Inspection Certification: Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise that when issuing the building approval for building works under the building regulations, the building certifier will nominate the mandatory inspections to be performed leading to the issue of the Final Inspection Certificate. A record of these mandatory inspections is necessary to help the

BCA Audit: Fire Safety Audit: Building Audit

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors were engaged by a major institutional owner of various buildings to update a BCA Audit (Building Code of Australia) and Fire Safety Audit previously performed by the Hendry Group a number of years earlier on two buildings. The BCA Audit and Fire Safety Audit revolve around whether a sprinkler systemcomplying with AS 2118.4-1995 ‘Automatic Fire Sprinklers’ is to

NSW: Building Appeals Process: Building Regulations

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that in New South Wales, building legislation contains provisions that allow for an authority, namely the Land and Environment Court, to vary particular requirements of the building regulations and the Building Code of Australia (BCA)  in the case of existing building upgrades under the

Building Permit and Planning Approval: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise designers, property developers and builders to be sure building permit/approval documents remain consistent with development permits/planning permits. Building surveyors checking documents for a building approval are required to ensure the building permit documentation complies with the planning permit, in particular the endorsed plans issued

Certificate of Occupancy: Building Regulations

SA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that a building owner or tenant must not occupy a building on which building work has been carried out under a building rules certification unless a Certificate of Occupancy has been issued for the building. Under Section 67 of the Development Act 1993 a

The Process: Final Inspection Certificate: Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers provide clients with a Final Inspection Certificate upon the completion of building works stemming from a building approval. We see the need to provide an explanation of the process as a number of stakeholders are confused or lack adequate knowledge to appreciate what is required

Accreditation of Building Products: Building Act 1993: Building Regulations

VIC - Hendry building surveyors advise that the Building Act 1993 Part 2 - Building Standards in Section 15 'Effect of accreditation' for the accreditation of building products under the Building Code of Australia provides that the relevant independent building surveyor cannot refuse to approve building work on the ground that

EPAR: Construction Certificates: Building Regulations

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that although the term Construction Certificate has been around for a number of years, to some the term is not fully understood or appreciated as described in the building regulations. The importance of a Construction Certificate cannot be over stressed in the Construction Certificate process. A Construction Certificate, which can only be issued subsequent

Building Certifiers: Disability Access Consultants

QLD - HENDRY disability access consultants advise that many building owners and property managers will find themselves in the unenviable position of knowing that the disability access provisions of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) will have an immediate and direct impact on any proposed building works in their buildings, but not

Building Audit: Costing Assessment: Due Diligence Audit

AUST – Hendry building surveyors advise that the following is a part extract of a building audit and costing assessment performed for a client’s existing public building. The client required an assessment of the condition of the building along with costings to address specific issues and nominated maintenance requirements. This building audit is a possible layout

Appeals Modifications: Building Regulations

ACT – HENDRY building surveyors advise that building regulations legislation contains provisions that allow for an authority to vary particular requirements of the regulations and the Building Code of Australia (BCA). The appeals, departures and/ or modifications process can be a lengthy procedure, and the quality of submission and the

Building Permit: Illegal Occupation: Building Regulations

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that building owners and managers should be aware that at the completion of any significant alteration or refurbishment work under the building regulations and Building Code of Australia requiring a building permit or building approval, still requires final sign off as part of the

Flowchart: Building Act 2011: Building Regulations 2012: Occupancy Permit

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that our Occupancy Permit Flowchart describes the process once a Certificate of Construction Compliance is issued for a Class 2-9 Building and the involvement of the Applicant with the Permit Authority under the Building Act 2011 and Building Regulations 2012 in receiving the Occupancy

Glazing Audit: Building Audit

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors provide glazing audits/glass audits for clients to establish compliance with AS 1288 – 2006, AS/NZS 2208 and the building Code of Australia for their existing building or portfolio of buildings.Work Health and Safety Legislation and Case Law highlight the necessity of building owners, property managers, facility managers and tenants to

Emergency Egress for all Occupants: Disability Access

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the ABCB has released a Directions Report on Emergency Egress For All Occupants. The report discusses potential changes to the National Construction Code (NCC – Building Code of Australia) to improve emergency egress from buildings for all occupants, including people with disability… (more) Referenced Disability Access

Certificate of Classification: The Process July 27, 2015HENDRY

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers provide clients with a Certificate of Classification (form 11) upon the completion of building works stemming from a building approval. We see the need to provide an explanation of the process in obtaining a Certificate of Classification, or an Interim Certificate of Classification as a number of stakeholders are confused or lack adequate

Accredited Certifier: Certifying Authorities: Building Regulations

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise it is important for building owners and managers to know the accreditation status of the Accredited Certifier they are using for fit outs/alterations and to under the regulatory framework for building certification (Certifying Authority) in NSW, within which the accredited Certifier must work. The Building Professionals Act 2005

MSSA 76D Swimming Pool Safety

SA – HENDRY building surveyors advise a revised Minister’s Specification SA 76D – Swimming Pool Safety – new prescribed requirements for upgrading prescribed swimming pools took effect on 15 May 2014 by notice in the Government Gazette. The Minister’s Specification was revised to refer to the 2012 version of Australian

EPAR: New Fire Safety Regulations

NSW – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the NEW Government Planning & Environment have issued a technical guideline (under EPAR) titled ‘New fire safety requirements when development affects an existing building’ for class 1b to 9 buildings. The main new provision is the new obligation for a certifying authority or principle certifying

Places of Public Entertainment: Occupancy Permit: Building Regulations

VIC – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Victorian Building Authority has issued an Interim Practice Note titled ‘Occupancy Permits for Places of Public Entertainment’. The Practice Note provides guidance concerning the places of public entertainment requirements under the Building Act 1993 and their application to sporting, recreational and other activities and

Class 2 Parts of Mixed Use Developments Above Ground Level: Disability Access

VIC – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that, as of the time of writing, very few Councils in Victoria require applications for town planning permits to be assessed by independent Access Consultants. As a result, there exists the real possibility that, where Access Consultants or Building Surveyors are not consulted before or

Certificate of Classification: The Process

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers provide clients with a Certificate of Classification (form 11) upon the completion of building works stemming from a building approval. We see the need to provide an explanation of the process in obtaining a Certificate of Classification, or an Interim Certificate of Classification as a number of stakeholders are confused or lack adequate

Fire Sprinkler Systems In Aged Care Facilities

NSW – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Department of Planning and Environment has issued an advisory note ‘Fire Sprinkler Systems in Aged Care Facilities’ which covers workplace safety and obligations of each party, hiring designers and installers required approvals and testing the completed system… (more)

Multi-Storey Residential – Warranty Insurance Exemption

VIC – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Victorian Building Authority has issued a Practice Note 2014-01 Multi-Storey Residential Buildings – Warranty Insurance Exemption. This Practice Note explains the building regulations that provide an exemption for warranty insurance requirements for multi-storey residential buildings… (more).

MSSA 76D Swimming Pool Safety

SA – HENDRY building surveyors advise a revised Minister’s Specification SA 76D – Swimming Pool Safety – new prescribed requirements for upgrading prescribed swimming pools took effect on 15 May 2014 by notice in the Government Gazette. The Minister’s Specification was revised to refer to the 2012 version of Australian

Building Act 2004: Building Infringement Notices

ACT – HENDRY building surveyors provide a wide variety of services for clients under the building regulations who receive ACT Fire Brigade Service, Council, or Chief Officer of an Emergency Service building infringement notices and Stop Notices and Further Notices under ‘Part 4 Stop and Demolition Notices’ under the Building Act 2004. These building regulation directions can be

Certificate of Classification: Building Act 1975

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise building owners and managers of restrictions under the building regulations system contained in the Building Act 1975 relating to compliance with the certificate of classification for new buildings and works associated with alterations stemming from a building approval. Where a certificate of classification under the Building Act 1975 has been issued for a building or

NSW – Sliding Fire Doors Signs: Essential Safety Measures

NSW – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the NEW Government Planning & Environment have issued a technical guideline (under EPAR) titled ‘New fire safety requirements when development affects an existing building’ for class 1b to 9 buildings. The main new provision is the new obligation for a certifying authority or principle certifying

Essential Services: Safety Installations: Building Regulations

ACT – HENDRY building surveyors advise that under Building Regulations, fire appliances and safety installations must be maintained in accordance with the Emergencies Act 2004, Emergencies Regulations 2004 and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) resulting from the issue of a building approval. Current Situation The Emergencies Act 2004 and Emergencies Regulation 2004 contain provisions for a person/

BCA Disability Access and AS 1428.1 – 2009

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise the amendments to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the introduction of AS 1428.1-2009, that supersedes the previous AS 1428.1-2001 (disability access code) edition, has resulted in some significant changes to the disability access and toilet facilities provisions for people with disabilities. Some of the major Disability Discrimination Act changes, implications and

Points of Legality: Building Regulations: Building Code of Australia: BCA

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the following points will help the reader of building regulations and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) to comprehend some basic points of legality when reading these statutory documents (Building Legislation) when attempting to obtain a building permit. Building Regulations and BCA Where there is general provision which appears to be in

SA – Building Audit: Due Diligence Audit

SA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that many clients have required us to provide a due diligence audit to establish answers to questions under the Development Act, Development Regulations and the Building Code of Australia. Some due diligence audits are initialed before an application for a building rules certification is applied for. Building Legislation Table

Existing VIC Buildings and Disability Access Requirements

VIC – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that existing buildings that are not undergoing any building works or change of use are not required to be upgraded to comply with the Building Code of Australia BCAI disability access requirements. However, the existing building could still be the subject of a complaint under the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act.  The Disability Discrimination Act is a

Building Regulations: AS 1851-2005 (and 2012): As Built Drawing

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners, practitioners and managers that a building which has been issued with an Occupancy Permit, Schedule/ Determination or Certificate of Final Inspection that requires maintenance of essential safety measures to AS 1851-2005 (and 2012) needs specific attention.                              

EPAR: Fire Safety Provisions: Building Regulations

NSW – Hendry building certifiers advise building owners and managers intending to alter their building should be aware of possible exemptions for compliance under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EPAR). If any Category 3 essential fire safety measures are considered to be unreasonable or unnecessary in the particularly circumstances of a proposed

Alterations: EPAR Expemptions: Building Regulations

NSW – Hendry building certifiers advise building owners and managers intending to alter their building should be aware of possible exemptions for compliance under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EPAR).  If any Category 3fire safety provisions (essential fire safety measures) is considered to be unreasonable or unnecessary in the particularly circumstances

Building Notice: Building Order: Infringement Notice

AUST – Hendry building surveyors report that legislative directions issued under various Building Acts and Building Regulations around Australia take the form of a building notice, building order or an infringement notice. These legislative directions can be issued by an authority for buildings under construction, or an existing building where no building work are occurring. For

VIC – Essential Safety Measures Audit: Building Audit: AESMR

VIC - Hendry building surveyors provide a complete and independent essential safety measures audit and reporting service to suit client’s buildings. An essential safety measures audit enables property managers and building owners to have the assurance that their buildings are safe, and meet their essential safety measures building compliance obligations under Building Regulations 2006 Part 12 –

Staged Building Approval: Building Regulation

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise that to expedite the construction of a building an applicant can apply to the building certifier for a building approval for a stage of building work. This type of building approval documentation (full compliance with the building regulations (Building Code of Australia) for a full building approval is lodged with the building certifier. The Building Act

Revolving Doors: AS 1428: AS 1288: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that it is recognised by Building Regulations that revolving doors have inherent hazards whereby the Building Code of Australia 2011 (BCA) does not permit revolving doors to serve as an exit door for evacuation purposes and they are not permitted to be installed in class 9a health care buildings and in resident use areas in class 9c aged

Diability Access for Aged Care

AUST - HENDRY disability access consultants advise that one of the major changes to impact on the Built Environment in recent times has been improved to the commonality of the disability access provisions for buildings in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the Diability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010. These enhancements have substantially harmonised

NSW – Construction Certificates: Building Audit

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise building owners and property managers of the need to ensure that the construction certificate is available to the building certifier prior to a due diligence audit or BCA Audit being performed on a building. This article explains the process to apply for and obtain a construction certificate through an accredited certifier under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation

Compliance Certificate: EPAA

NSW - Hendry advises that under the Environment Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPAA), Part 4A Certificates, allows for an application for a Compliance Certificate confirming that specified and approved building works or aspects of a development are acceptable, or to obtain a classification of a building under the Building Code of Australia and Building Regulations (EPAR) A building

Special Buildings: Historic Buildings: Building Act: Building Regulations

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.

Occupancy Permit: Building Act 2011: Building Regulations 2012

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that an occupancy permit is required to be issued for a Class 2-9 building under the Building Act 2011 and Building Regulations 2012 by the Permit Authority. The Occupancy Permit Flow Chart below describes the sequences of events under the Building Act 2011 and Building Regulations 2012: Building Legislation Table Refer to our Building Legislation table for further information

EPAR: Interim Occupation Certificate: Building Regulations

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise that the legal occupation of a building is given by the Final Occupation Certificate and occupation of a part of a building can be given by an Interim Occupation Certificate. Whichever is the case, it is important to understand that there are restrictions on the issue of the Interim Occupation Certificate.

Building Notice: Building Order: Infringement Notice: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors report that legislative directions issued under various Building Acts and Building Regulations around Australia take the form of a building notice, building order or an infringement notice. These legislative directions can be issued by an authority for buildings under construction, or an existing building where no building work are occurring. For example, an

Building Owners and Insurance Companies: BCA Audit: Building Audit

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that a building owner can have a false sense of security after an Insurance assessor has visited a building and provided a report/ building audit for the renewal of a building’s insurance policy.  We have viewed ‘mini reports’ (purported to pass as a BCA audit) that include recommendations

Occupation Suitability: Substantially Completed: Building Regulations

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers advise that owners of buildings, tenants and property managers must realise that when a building certifier issues a Certificate of Classification, that the Certificate of Classification is evidence that the building is suitable for occupation under the building regulations. It must be noted under Section 101 of the Building Act 1975 that the issuing of the Certificate

EPAR: Occupation Certificate: Building Regulations

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that the Building Professional Board (BPB) has provided advice concerning the issue of an occupation certificate, particularly when a significant period has passed since a final inspection. Neither the EPAA nor EPAR (building regulations) place any restriction the timing of an application for an

Aged Care Facility: Disability Access: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that one of the major changes to impact on the Built Environment in recent times has been the improvements to the commonality of the disability access provisions for buildings in the building regulations, Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the Disability (Access to Premises

BCA: Window Barriers: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia includes requirements for window barriers for openable windows. The requirements mean window barriers are required for openable windows in early childhood centres and bedrooms in residential buildings where the floor beneath the window is more than two metres

Premises Standards: Principal Pedestrian Entrance: Disability Access

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that there is no definition in the Building Regulations, Standards or the Building Code of Australia of the ‘Principal Pedestrian Entrance’; we need to refer to the Premises Standards Guide. The Guideline on the Application of the Premises Standards however states ‘The principal

DDA: Premises Standards: Building Regulations

VIC – HENDRY building surveyors advise that under the Building Regulations building owners and managers should know that the Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010 known as the Premises Standards made under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA), apply under the building regulations. They applied to every new building project

Referral Authority Negotiation: Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise that the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 contains two schedules listing referral agencies for building regulations compliance, Schedule 7 Referral agencies and their Jurisdictions and schedule 8 Special fire services and referral jurisdiction of Queensland Fire and Rescue Service for them. Building Regulations representations to

Interim Occupation Certificate: Building Regulations

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that the legal occupation of the whole building is given by the Final Occupation Certificate under the building regulations, while the occupation of a part of a building can be given by an Interim Occupation Certificate. Whichever is the case, it is important to

Existing Building Compliance: Building Regulations

NT – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Government is extending the moratorium to allow owners of the buildings which were built prior to 28 April 2099 to achieve compliance under the building regulations and Building Code of Australia. The owners of the existing buildings which are unauthorised or have

Premises Standards: Existing Building Disability Access Audits

AUST - HENDRY disability access consultants advise building owners, managers and tenants of existing buildings have a combined vested interest on how the disability access provisions in the Building Code of Australia apply to their building. We are frequently requested to prepare existing building audits specifically for the disability access provisions in

Court Order: Work Affecting Other Land: Building Regulations 2012

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Act 2011 in Section 83 work affecting other land allows for intervention by the Magistrates Court to determine an application of work affecting other land before a building permit can be issued. The following work affecting other land court order flowchart

NSW – Building Audit: Essential Fire Safety Measures Audit

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that when performing a building audit known as an Essential Fire Safety Measures Audit that a fire safety schedule must have been issued when granting/ issuing a development consent, complying development certificate, construction certificate or a fire safety order. This fire safety schedule is

BASIX: Occupation Certificate: Building Regulations: EPAR

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that the Building Professional Board states that if a development is subject to BASIX (under the building regulations) and a relevant BASIX certificate requires a certifying authority to monitor fulfillment of any of the commitments listed in the certificate, then, under clause 154B of

NSW – Essential Fire Safety Measures Audit: Building Audit

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that when performing a building audit known as an Essential Fire Safety Measures Audit that a fire safety schedule must have been issued when granting/ issuing a development consent, complying development certificate, construction certificate or a fire safety order.                             

Building Audit: AS 1851-2005: As Built Drawing

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners, practitioners and managers that a building which has been issued with an Occupancy Permit, Schedule/ Determination or Certificate of Final Inspection that requires maintenance of essential safety measures to AS 1851-2005 needs specific attention. The essential safety measures required to be maintained can be divided into two general areas known as active (fire

Building Permit Documentation: Building Act 2011: Building Regulations 2012

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Act 2011 and Building Regulations 2012 by specific reference to referring authorities, Building Code of Australia (BCA) and Australian Standards, stipulates certain documents to be provided to a building surveyor upon certified application or uncertified applications for a building permit. Clients

Implied Easement: Subdivision Act 1988: Building Regulations

VIC – HENDRY building surveyors advise that Section 12 of the Subdivision Act 1988 imposes implied easement rights over units on a particular plan of subdivision which the Building Regulations and Building Code of Australia must allow for. To invoke this right, the subdivision plan must invoke the Subdivision Act

Building Permit Applicaiton: Building Act 2011: Building Regulations

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Act 2011 requires building regulations Permit Authorities (Local Government) to play a pivotal role for the construction sector in relation to building regulation compliance, enforcement and the granting of a demolition permit, building permit and an occupancy permit. Permit Authorities will

Building Audit: Certificate of Final Inspection: AESMR

VIC – Hendry advise building owners who request a building audit to be performed ensure that a Certificate of Final Inspection(s) for all previous building works is obtained prior to a building audit or BCA Audit being performed. The Building Act 1993, Building Regulations 2006 and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) all combine in determining what goes into the certificate of final inspection issued

Interim Fire Safety Certificate: Building Regulations

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advises that under Building Regulations an interim fire safety certificate is a certificate issued by the owner of a building to the effect that each essential fire safety measure specified in the current fire safety schedule for the part of the building to which the certificate relates has: been assessed

Final Occupation Certificate: EPAA: Building Regulations

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise that a final occupation certificate must be issued by a principal certifying authority, whether it is the consent authority or an accredited certifier (building surveyor) at the completion of the building works for the building to have legal occupation under the Building Regulations. The final occupation certificate commonly

Building Certifier: Accredited Certifier: Private Certifier: Building Regulations

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise that property owners throughout NSW who are considering new building works, building upgrades to existing buildings or the sub-division of land will most likely require certificates under Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A). An accredited certifier/ private certifier/ building certifier can issue

Fire Safety Advisor: Building Regulations: Fire Safety Installations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers provide qualified Fire Safety Advisor services (fire safety installations) for high occupancy buildings (buildings with more than 30 occupiers or buildings about 25 meters in effective height) under the building regulations. The Building Fire Safety Regulations 2008 (BFSR) requires the appointment of a Fire Safety

Removal Approval: Demolition Approval: Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers provide clients with either a demolition approval or a removal approval under the Building Regulations, generally before a building approval application for building works is lodged. Demolition Approval : Regulatory Control System The Building Act 1975 covers extensively building regulations development applications for a demolition approval

Final Fire Safety Certificate: Building Regulations: EPAR

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise that under Building Regulations, a final fire safety certificate is issued upon completion of the building works or change of use or change of occupancy by the owner of the building specifying that the essential fire safety measures have been properly implemented and are capable of performing

VIC – Relevance of Occupancy Permit: AESMR: Building Audit

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that building owners must understand the implications of an occupancy permit when performing a building audit. A building surveyor has a legal obligation to ensure that no harm to people or damage to property results from their actions. Liability for negligence therefore extends to the issue of acertificate of occupancy permit for building work in accordance with

Swimming Pools 12 Month Extension

NSW - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Office of Local Government has extended by 12 months to the 29 April 2016, for property owners who wish to sell or lease a property containing a swimming pool to have to provide a certificate of compliance of the pools compliance prior

Swimming Pools 12 Month Extension

NSW - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Office of Local Government has extended by 12 months to the 29 April 2016, for property owners who wish to sell or lease a property containing a swimming pool to have to provide a certificate of compliance of the pools compliance prior

NSW Planning: New Penalties

NSW – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the government announced the introduction of new laws designed to clamp down on breaches of the state’s planning rules, with companies subject to maximum penalty of $5 million and individuals potentially facing penalties of up to $1 million... (more)

Building Subdivision: Building Regulations 2006: Building Act 1993

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors provide this article for clients who require a background knowledge for the subdivision of a building or land under the building regulation. A building subdivision is based on three main pieces of legislation, the Planning and Environment Act 1987, the Subdivision Act 1988 and Subdivision (Procedures) Regulations 2000.

BA7 Notice of Completion: Building Regulations 2012

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Act 2011 requires builders of all classes of buildings (houses, shops, factories, hospitals etc) to provide a notice of completion of the building works within seven days of completing the building works under the building permit. Under the Building Act 2011

Refrigerated Chambers: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Regulations and Building Code of Australia (BCA) under Part G1, Clause G1.2 ‘Refrigerated chambers, strong rooms and vaults’ sets out safety criteria for the safe operation of refrigerated chambers (cool room/freezers). These provisions are ignored by building owners and building managers

Building Permit: Timeframes: Building Act 2011: Building Regulation

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Act 2011 allows building permit applications for Class 1 and 10 buildings and structures to be submitted to the Permit Authority in two different ways; being a certified building permit application, or an uncertified building permit application under the building regulation.

Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations: Building Regulations

VIC – HENDRY building surveyors remind building owners that on 1 January 2010, the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 (PHWR) came into effect.  Included in the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 were important changes concerning the regulation of cooling towers and warm water systems for the control of

Building Permit: Building Act 2011: Building Regulations

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Act 2011 allows for a builder or developers to engage private registered building surveyors to certify that the technical provisions of the building regulations and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) are complied with (certificate of design compliance) with the documentation lodged

Exempt and Complying Development: Building Regulations

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that on the 22nd of February 2014 significant changes will commence under the State Environmental Planning Policy for ‘Exempt and Complying Development’, more categories are exempt from a Complying Development Certificate. NSW Planning and Structure website page provides more information… (more) Further Advice For building

NSW – BCA Audit: Egress & Fire Safety: Building Audit

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers provide the following part extract of a (BCA Audit – Egress & Fire Safety – Building Audit) Building Code of Australia audit on the egress and fire safety measures of a building. The client required an insight into these two areas because of the life safety issues raised by the tenant under the Building

Fire Safety Schedule: EPAR: Building Regulations

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that a fire safety schedule  (under EPAR and building regulations) must be issued when granting/ issuing a development consent, complying development certificate, construction certificate or a fire safety order. A fire safety schedule must deal with the whole building, not merely the part of

Building Approval: Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise that the issuing of a building approval under the Building Regulations by the building certifier can encompass a whole host of statutory requirements required to be adhered to by the owner, reporting authorities, applicant, building practitioners, and council before the building approval can be issued, i.e.

Building Owners Lease Protection: Building Regulations

AUST – Hendry building surveyors advise building owners and managers that they run a high risk strategy if a tenant’s lease does not adequately protect the building owner when the tenant performs building works/”alterations” to their building without the necessary building permit, especially if the Municipal Building Surveyor becomes involved

Access Code: Premises Standards: Disability Access

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that the Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010 (Premises Standards) commenced in March 2010 and harmonises with the provisions of the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Compliance with the BCA provides assurety to building owners, occupiers and managers that they comply with

Due Diligence Audits: Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers have provided due diligence audits to many clients to establish answers to questions under laws relating to the building regulations including the Building Act 1997, Sustainable Planning Act 2009, Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009, Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 and the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Some

New Queensland Building and Construction Commission: QBCC

QLD – Essential Property Services advises that Queensland has a new building industry regulator (to oversee contractors licensed for fire safety installations inspections), with the formation of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). The QBCC has officially replaced the Building Services Authority (BSA)… (more) Further Advice For further advice,

QLD – Building Approval Documents: Fire Safety Installations: Building Audit

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers alert building owners, occupiers and facility managers that the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is requesting building approval documents during their regular fire safety installationsauditing processes of occupied buildings. Most facility managers are now aware of the requirement to display the Certificate of Classification for a building if their building was

Building Notices: Building Orders: Building Regulations

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

Building Owners: Essential Safety Measures: Building Regulations 2006

VIC – HENDRY Building Surveyors have noticed that for all sorts of reasons building owners find they are unable to comply with the Essential Safety Measures provisions of the Building Regulations 2006. A number of building owners, property managers and occupiers do not appear to be aware of the penalties

Building Permit Exemptions: Building Act 2011: Building Regulations 2012

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that caution will need to be exercised when deciding if a building project may be considered as being exempt from needing a Building Permit, as per the provisions contained under Part 5 of the Building Act 2011 which allows for building permit exemptions. The

Approval Documents: Fire Safety Installations: Building Regulations: QFRS

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers alert building owners, occupiers and facility managers that the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is requesting approval documents during their regular fire safety installations auditing processes of occupied buildings under the building regulations. Facility managers may not be aware of the requirement to display the

Emergency Lighting: Exit Signs: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Regulations and Building Code of Australia under Part E4 emergency lighting, exit signs and warning systems requires the installation (location) of exit signs to be in accordance with AS 2293.1-2005 ‘Emergency escape lighting and exit signs for buildings – System design,

NSW – Due Diligence Audit: Building Audit

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise that many clients have required our building certifiers to provide due diligence audits to establish answers to questions under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPAA), the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EPAR) especially prior to applying for a construction certificate… (more) Building Legislation Table Refer to our

Building Approval Certificate: Building Regulations

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that a Building Approval Certificate under the building regulations can be used in circumstances where an occupancy permit is not applicable, such as for class 1 and 10 buildings, or incidental structures. It provides certainty that a building or incidental structure meets the relevant

Fire Safety Installations: Final Inspection Certificate: Building Regulations

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers advise that when a building certifier issues a Final Inspection Certificate for a building Section 115 of the Building Act 1975 applies to a person who occupies the building. Section 115 Compliance with relevant building regulations, Building Code of Australia and Queensland Development Code provisions for occupation and use

Infringement Notices: Building Notices: Building Regulations

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors and building certifiers provide a wide variety of services for clients who receive Council or Authority building notices, building orders or infringement notices under the building regulations. These building notices/ building orders can be issued by an authority for buildings under construction (with or without a

Maintenance Contractors: Essential Safety Measures: Building Audits

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that performing a building audit on a specialist maintenance contractor performing essential safety measures maintenance can be quite involved and some property managers and facility managers may not be fully equipped to do the assessment. This article should help property/facility managers in their various building audit/Essential Safety Measures Audit of fire safety measure maintenance contractors. Auditing

Occupancy Permit: Doesn’t Confirm Your Building Complies

VIC – HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners and property managers to be aware of the basics behind the issuing of an occupancy permit (certificate of occupancy) for a building: The Building Act 1993, Building Regulations 2006 and the Building Code of Australia all have a hand in determining what

Fire Safety Advisor: High Occupancy Buildings: Building Regulations

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers advise that the building regulations requires building owners, occupiers and managers of high occupancy buildings are required to appoint a fire safety advisor under the Building Fire Safety Regulations 2008 (BFSR). The BFSR requires the occupier of a high occupancy building to appoint a person who

Emergency Order: Building Regulations 2006: Building Act 1993

VIC – HENDRY building surveyors advise that under various sections of the Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2006, the Municipal Building Surveyor has a significant role in the ‘enforcement procedures’ to ensure compliance is achieved or public safety and health are not endangered. A building surveyor can issue an

Building Certificates: Building Act 2011: Building Regulations

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Act 2011 requires a suitably qualified building surveyor to provide certificates of compliance for three distinct scenarios of building work, a Certificate of Design Compliance, a Certificate of Construction Compliance and a Certificate of Building Compliance. A Certificate of Design Compliance

WA – Fire Safety Audit: Building Audit

WA - Hendry building surveyors advise that the objective of fire safety audits is to provide a structured process of auditing the fire safety measures serving a building against nominated audit criteria and benchmarks. Fire safety audits can enable building owners, property managers, services contractors and insurance companies to adequately

Lapsed Building Permits: Building Act 1993: Building Regulations 2006

VIC - Hendry building surveyors advise that a building permit is considered to have lapsed if the building works have not commenced by the statutory commencement date, or have not been completed by the statutory completion date... (more) Building Legislation Table Refer to our Building Legislation Table for further information

Building Order: Building Regulations 2012: Building Act 2011

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advises that a Building Order can be issued by a Permit Authority in respect of building or demolition work (i.e. building order relative to work that is currently under way) or in respect of a building or incidental structure, whether completed or not under the

Building Owners Lease Protection: Building Regulations

AUST - Hendry building surveyors advise building owners and managers that they run a high risk strategy if a tenant's lease does not adequately protect the building owner when the tenant performs building works/"alterations" to their building without the necessary building permit, especially if the Municipal Building Surveyor becomes involved

Budget Accommodation: BFSR: Building Regulations

QLD - Hendry building certifiers advise budget accommodation building owners and managers that there are currently specific occupancy requirements in addition to standard requirements for commercial buildings under Queensland legislation (Building Act 1975) Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR) for fire safety management planning and fire safety generally, before a

Maintenance Contractors: Essential Safety Measures: Building Audit

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that performing a building audit on a specialist maintenance contractor performing essential safety measures maintenance can be quite involved and some property managers and facility managers may not be fully equipped to do the assessment. This article should help property/facility managers in their various building audit/Essential Safety Measures Audit of essential safety measure maintenance contractors. Auditing

Building Commissioning: Building Regulations

AUST - Hendry building surveyors provide a look at the responsibility for overseeing and coordinating whole of building commission from a Building Surveyor's perspective under the building regulations. These are important issues from the point of view of the Building Surveyor as complex projects are always time consuming and can

Form 15: Form 16: Competent Persons: Building Regulations 2006

QLD - Hendry building certifier advise that the Building Regulations 2006 allow for a building certifier to accept certificates known as Form 15 and Form 16 to help in the assessment of a building application and inspection of building work. The building certifier must determine whether a person is a

Enforcement Notices: Building Regulations

SA - HENDRY building surveyors provide a wide variety of services for clients who receive Council, Development Assessment Commission, South Australian Heritage Council or Fire Brigade Enforcement Notices. These building regulations directions can be issued by an authority for buildings under construction, or on an existing building where no building

NSW – Essential Fire Safety Measures Audit: Building Audit

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advises that when performing a building audit known as an Essential Fire Safety Measures Audit that a fire safety schedule must have been issued when granting/issuing a development consent, complying development certificate, construction certificate or a fire safety order. This fire safety schedule is required

Ambulant Facilities: Minimum Width to be Considered

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors are experiencing a number of facilities at final inspection where the ambulant toilet facilities are non-compliant due to the minimum width of 900 - 920mm not being achieved. This seems to be a problem that both design and contractor need to be aware of in

Overview: Building Act 1993: Building Regulations 2006

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors provide some history to the formation of the Building Act 1993 and an insight to the main content features incorporated into the Building Act 1993 at the time of its production with the Building Regulations. INTRODUCTION Victoria's Building Act 1993 provides powers for the regulation

Building Approval Process: Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers provide clients with a building approval for buildings ranging from minor building works through to the construction of a multi-storey building under the Building Regulations. Some building approval development applications for building works, even for small properties, can be complicated and time consuming for a

Conflict of Interest: Council Certifiers: Building Regulations

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise that the Building Professionals Board has issued a bulletin covering conflict of interest provisions for council accredited certifiers. In part the Bulletin states: "Certifiers must not issue Part 4A or complying development certificates if they have a 'conflict of interest', except in certain cases

Building Audit: Due Diligence Audit: Which One?

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors have been commissioned by a number of clients to conduct a specific type of inspection and compile a report on their building(s). The client nominates this service as either a due diligence audit, building audit survey, or BCA Audit (Building Code of Australia) and the fees associated with such a commission. This

SA: Minor Variations Need New Development Permits

SA - HENDRY building surveying advises that a recent court judgement (Paior v City of Marion (No 3)) has unintended consequences in that minor variations will require a new application for approval developments. The government is moving to present legislative changes to Parliament early in the new year.

SA: Minor Variations Need New Development Permits

SA - HENDRY building surveying advises that a recent court judgement (Paior v City of Marion (No 3)) has unintended consequences in that minor variations will require a new application for approval developments. The government is moving to present legislative changes to Parliament early in the new year.

Building Approval: Permit Search: Pre-purchase Appraisal: Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise that a building approval/ Development Permit Search is not always adequate for pre-purchase appraisal. We have noticed an increase in new purchasers that were unaware of incomplete building works that remained outstanding at the time of purchasing their new property. It is important that developers,

Uncertified Building Permit: Building Regulations 2012

WA - HENDRY building surveyors advise that an application for a building permit without a Certificate or Design Compliance is treated as an uncertified building permit application under the Building Act 2011. The application must be processed within the prescribed time, and for the prescribed fee for an uncertified application.

Tenants: Building Permits: Building Regulations

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that occupiers of buildings typically want to change their tenancies by either altering the building or their partitioning layout, without obtaining a building permit under the building regulations. Depending on lease requirements pertinent to building regulations and planning control, occupiers must obtain the owner's/manager's

Balustrade Audit: BCA Audit: Building Audit

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners and managers to consider commissioning a BCA audit of the balustrades of their building(s) in terms of Building Code of Australia (BCA) compliance and risk minimisation strategies. A recent balustrade BCA audit we undertook found 80 non compliances for the numerous balustrades

Auditors Insurance: Essential Safety Measures: Building Audit

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise facility and property managers that when engaging consultants or contractor to perform essential safety measures maintenance, a building audit, inspections or reports, be aware that there is an extremely important distinction to make between the levels of protection afforded by each. In protecting yourself

Farm Buildings: Fire Brigade Requirements

SA - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Country Fire Service has issued a guideline covering typical fire hydrants for farm buildings in South Australia...

Building Surveyors and Corruption

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) Act has just issued a regulation amendment to declare that building certifiers (building surveyors) to be public officers and therefore come under the ACT.

Contractor Auditing: Maintenance Contractor Audit: Building Audit

AUST –  HENDRY building surveyors remind property managers and facility managers that engaging a competent Specialist Maintenance Contractor to test, audit and service all fire safety installations, essential safety measures or fire safety measures contained within a building is essential and a mandatory requirement under most State regulations. Most building

VIC – Building Audit: Building Referees High Rise Award: BCA Audit

VIC – HENDRY building surveyors recently completed an advice letter concerning a building owner’s request for a BCA Audit. The client was not yet at a stage to commission HENDRY to provide a BCA Audit (Building Code of Australia) as the necessary preliminary (essential) documentation was not available. We advised the client to

Lapsed Building Permit: Building Regulations 2012

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise builders and owners to ensure they complete their building worksor demolition work within the time period specified by their Building Permit or Demolition Permit including submission of their Notice of Completion to the Permit Authority. Alternatively an application for an extension to the duration

Building Order: Building Notice: Infringement Notice: Building Audit

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors report that legislative directions cause a building audit to occur when issued under various Building Acts and Building Regulations around Australia take the form of a building notice, building order or an infringement notice. These legislative directions can be issued by an authority for buildings under construction,

Protection of Adjoining Property: EPAA: EPAR: Conveyancing

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that adjoining property protection in New South Wales comes under the Conveyancing Amendment (Law of Support) Act 2000, of which Section 177 was inserted into the Conveyancing Act 1919… (more) Building Regulations Table Refer to our Building Legislation table for further information on construction

Guide To Using AS 1851-2012 In Queensland

QLD – HENDRY building surveyors asks – Do I need to change to the new standard for my routine servicing? All maintenance contracts for sites located in Queensland must by law be tested to AS 1851-2012 by 1st January 2015. It is strongly recommended that building owners and their representatives

Construction Over An Easement: Building Regulations

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that it is important to determine very early in a design phase process what requirements will apply when contemplating a design that includes some part of the construction to be places on or over an easement. Easements are usually an encumbrance mentioned on the

QLD – Fire Safety Audit: Building Audit

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers primary objective in providing fire safety audits is to provide a structured process of auditing the fire safety measures serving a building against nominated audit criteria and benchmarks. Fire safety audits can enable building owners, property managers, service contractors and insurance companies to adequately gauge

Final Occupation Certificate

NSW - Hendry informs that a final occupation certificate must have been issued by a principal certifying authority at the completion of building works for the building to have legal occupation under the Building Regulations. When performing a building audit, a final occupation certificate is a requisite document. The final occupation

Non Deemed to Satisfy External Wall Cladding Systems: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that in recent years, residential and commercial buildings in Australia have seen a dramatic increase in the use of innovative, external wall cladding systems which are not covered within the Building Code of Australia (BCA) deemed-to-satisfy (DtS) provisions and building regulations. When these systems

Disability Access and Building Alterations Buildings

VIC – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that Regulation 116 of the Building Amendment Regulations 2001 came into operation on 1 May 2011 to cover disability access. Regulation 116 of the Building Amendment Regulations 2001 addresses disability access and now requires that any alterations to an existing building, that requires

Building Audit: Due Diligence Audit: BCA Audit: Professional Indemnity Insurance

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise property owners and managers wishing to commission a consultant to perform a BCA Audit, Due Diligence Audit or Building Audit need to ensure that the professional indemnity insurance policy chosen by their consultant provides adequate risk cover in the event of a claim. Since most

Glazing Audits: Glazing Assessments: Building Regulations

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers provide glazing audits/ glazing assessments for clients to establish compliance with AS 1288-2006, AS/NZS 2208 and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for their existing building or portfolio of buildings, especially prior to applying for a development permit… (more) Fire Safety Compliance: Fire Safety Installations Refer to

Safe Design of Structures: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that Safe Work Australia has issued a Code of Practice ‘Safe Design of Structures’. The Code states in part the Code provides practical guidance to persons conducting a business or undertaking who design structures that will be used, or could reasonably be expected to

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan: Disability Access: AS 3745

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that the development of emergency response procedures for inclusion in an emergency plan (AS 3745) is not complete unless consideration is given to the occupants and visitors of a facility who may require assistance (disability access) or are likely to experience difficulty in

Exit Signs: Emergency Lighting: AS 2293.1-2005: Building Audit

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia under Part E4 emergency lighting, exit signs and warning systems requires the installation (location) of exit signs to be in accordance with AS 2293.1-2005 ‘Emergency escape lighting and exit signs for buildings – System design, installation and operation’.

Protection of Adjoining Property: Building Regulations

SA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that since building works can adversely affect adjoining properties, SA’s Development Act requires the applicant to consider the protection of adjoining property before building work commences under a building rules certification, both above and below ground level. A number of steps usually have to

BCA Clause D3.6 Signage: Disability Access

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise of new signage requirements for disability access in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) 2013. Under BCA clause D3.6 (a)(ii), in a building required to be accessible, each entry or exit door that is required by E4.5 to be provided with an exit

QLD – Pre-purchase Appraisal: Building Audit

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise that a Development Permit Search is not always adequate for a building audit involving a pre-purchase appraisal. We have noticed an increase in new purchasers that were unaware of incomplete building works that remained outstanding at the time of purchasing their new property after we performed

Tread Nosings in the Building Code of Australia

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the 2014 Building Code of Australia (BCA) has introduced criteria for the slip resistance of treads or tread nosing strips and stair landings. Slip resistance must be shown to comply with AS 4586. The table below specifies the required rating to be achieved.

Building Act 1993: Building Regulations 2006: Building Code of Australia

VIC – HENDRY building surveyors provide in simple language, an explanation of Victoria’s building legislative system. The Building Act 1993 provides powers for the regulation of building and building standards. It is supported by the Building Regulations 2006. The Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2006 are closely interwoven. The

Power Point Presentation Explains NSW Disability Access

NSW – HENDRY disability access consultants provide a Power Point presentation specific to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and NSW building legislation titled ‘Disability Access – A HENDRY Building Surveyor’s Perspective’ and was first presented in associated with FMAA… (more) Referenced Disability Access Standards Refer to our list of

SA – Aged Care Audit: Building Audit

SA – HENDRY building surveyors aged care audits are conducted to the certification instrument set down by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, and gives the Aged Care service provider an understanding of their status prior to being formerly assessed or when applying for a building rules certification... (more)

AS 2047-2014: Building Regulations

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that SAI Global has released a new edition of AS 2047-2014 Windows and external glazed doors in buildings. Designers must be aware that the current building regulations through the Building Code of Australia still references AS 2047-1999 as the applicable standard for design and

Technical Due Diligence Audit: Building Audit

AUST - HENDRY building surveyor were engaged by a major institutional building owner to provide a technical due diligence audit encompassing a building audit. The technical due diligence audit covered regulatory  issues such as the Building Code of Australia (BCA), Essential Safety Measures, Accessibility Audit (DDA), Risk and OH&S. The

Construction Certificates: EPAR: Building Regulations

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise that although the term Construction Certificate has been around for a number of years, to some the term is not fully understood or appreciated. The importance of a Construction Certificate cannot be over stressed. A Construction Certificate, which can only be issued subsequent to

Appeals: Modifications: Building Regulations

ACT – HENDRY building surveyors advise that building regulations legislation contains provisions that allow for an authority to vary particular requirements of the regulations and the Building Code of Australia (BCA). The appeals, departures and/ or modifications process can be a lengthy procedure, and the quality of submission and the

Special Purpose Building: Building Audit

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors performed a building audit on a special purpose building for a client who was in a post construction dispute with the builder. The following is an extract of a very extensive building audit. Building owners and managers can view this building audit as a preclude

Flowchart: Building Act 2011: Building Regulations 2012: Occupancy Permit

WA - HENDRY building surveyors advise that our Occupancy Permit Flowchart describes the process once a Certificate of Construction Compliance is issued for a Class 2-9 Building and the involvement of the Applicant with the Permit Authority under the Building Act 2011 and Building Regulations 2012 in receiving the Occupancy

Disability Access Audits: Building Audit

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers are experts in BCA Disability Access Audits leading to building approvals and building certifications. Our disability access audits are performed by our building certifiers, who are statutory registered across the whole of Australia… (more) Referenced Disability Access Standards Refer to our list of Referenced Disability Access

Fire Systems Functional Interface Test: Building Audit

AUST - Essential Property Services performed a Fire Systems Functional Interface Test (building audit) for an authorities building. The building audit was undertaken by relevantly qualified and experienced staff. The testing is intended to prove and verify a functional interface of the fire systems and fire systems capacity to perform

AS 1428.1-2009: Disability Access: Handrail Terminations

AUST - HENDRY disability access consultants access consultants advise that the 2009 edition of AS 1428.1 provides additional options for the terminations of handrails at stairs and ramps under the Premises Standards (Building Code of Australia). An extension of the handrail at the top and bottom of the stairs and

Building Regulations 2012: Building Act 2011: Work Affecting Other Land

WA - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Act 2011 in Part 6 'Work affecting other Land' contains provisions to safeguard the interests of the adjoining landowner that may be affected by building works by requiring an adjoining landowner consent. Part 6 of the Building Act 2011 provides a

Premises Standards: Principal Pedestrian Entrance: Disability Access

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that there is no definition in the Building Regulations, Standards or the Building Code of Australia of the ‘Principal Pedestrian Entrance’; we need to refer to the Premises Standards Guide. The Guideline on the Application of the Premises Standards however states ‘The principal

ABCC: Handbook for Community Bushfire Refuges

NSW - HENDRY building surveyors advise that NSW Planning & Environment has issued a circular to advise councils, certifiers, industry practitioners and other stakeholders of the release of a non-mandatory Handbook by the Australia Building Codes board for use in the design and construction of community bushfire refuges, and its

Certificate of Classification: The Process

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers provide clients with a Certificate of Classification (form 11) upon the completion of building works stemming from a building approval. We see the need to provide an explanation of the process in obtaining a Certificate of Classification, or an Interim Certificate of Classification as a

Premises Standards: Existing Building Disability Access Audits

AUST - HENDRY disability access consultants advise building owners, managers and tenants of existing buildings have a combined vested interest on how the disability access provisions in the Building Code of Australia apply to their building. We are frequently requested to prepare existing building audits specifically for the disability access provisions in

WA – BCA Audit and a Building Audit

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that since the Building Code of Australia (BCA) does not apply to buildings retrospectively and is being continually revised and improved, building surveyors will advise most buildings in Australia do not comply with the current Building Code of Australia (BCA). A BCA Audit performed by building surveyors

NSW – Construction Certificates: Building Audit

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise building owners and property managers of the need to ensure that the construction certificate is available to the building certifier prior to a due diligence audit or BCA Audit being performed on a building. This article explains the process to apply for and obtain a

Essential Safety Provisions: Building Regulations

SA - Essential Property Services advises that two types of regulatory provisions apply to determine the minimum maintenance and testing of safety installations commonly known as essential safety provisions.  These provisions are under Regulation 76 of the Development Regulations 2008 and the Development Act 1993. These provisions need not apply if

Disability Access: Principal Pedestrian Entrance: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that there is no definition in the Building Regulations, Standards or the Building Code of Australia (BCA) of “Principal Pedestrian Entrance”, we need to refer to the Premises Standards Guide. The Guideline on the Application of the Premises Standards however states” The principal

EPAA: Building Order Notice: Building Notice of Intention: Building Regulations

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers provide a wide variety of services for clients who receive Council or other Consent Authority building Notice of Intention or building order notice under the Building Regulations. These legislative directions can be issued by an authority for buildings under construction with a construction certificate, or on

VIC – Essential Safety Measures Audit: Building Audit: AESMR

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors provide a complete and independent essential safety measures audit and reporting service to suit client’s buildings. An essential safety measures audit enables property managers and building owners to have the assurance that their buildings are safe, and meet their essential safety measures building compliance obligations under Building

Foam Sandwich Panels: Building Audit

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise designers, developers, owners and facility managers that buildings assessed and approved under the Building Code of Australia (BCA) can still contain a risk of being destroyed by fire. A recent building audit (that included fire safety) undertaken highlighted the added risk of buildings that contain

Building Regulations 2012: Occupancy Permit

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that an Occupancy Permit is required to be issued for a Class 2-9 building by the relevant Permit Authority (i.e. local government) prior to the occupation of the building under the Building Act 2011 and Building Regulations 2012. In order to obtain an occupancy

Building Certifiers: Disability Access Consultants

QLD - HENDRY disability access consultants advise that many building owners and property managers will find themselves in the unenviable position of knowing that the disability access provisions of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) will have an immediate and direct impact on any proposed building works in their buildings, but not

Building Work: Building Act 1993: Building Regulations

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Act 1993 contains provisions that allow for new building regulations applicable to building works to be dispensated in certain situations. A series of answers to questions best explains Section 10 Application of new building regulations to building work, under Part 2 –

NSW – Essential Fire Safety Measures Audit: Building Audit

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that when performing a building audit known as an Essential Fire Safety Measures Audit that a fire safety schedule must have been issued when granting/ issuing a development consent, complying development certificate, construction certificate or a fire safety order. This fire safety schedule is

Building Certifiers: Disability Access Consultants

QLD - Hendry advises that many building owners and property managers will find themselves in the unenviable position of knowing that the disability access provisions of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) will have an immediate and direct impact on any proposed building works in their buildings, but not knowing exactly where they stand, or what is needed.

VIC – Building Audit: Certificate of Final Inspection: AESMR

VIC – HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners who request a building audit to be performed ensure that a Certificate of Final Inspection(s) for all previous building works is obtained prior to a building audit or BCA Audit being performed.                                          

Points of Legality: Building Regulations: Building Code of Australia: BCA

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the following points will help the reader of building regulations and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) to comprehend some basic points of legality when reading these statutory documents (Building Legislation) when attempting to obtain a building permit. Building Regulations and BCA Where there is general provision which appears to be in

Relevance of Occupancy Permit: AESMR

VIC - Hendry advises that building owners must understand the implications of an occupancy permit when performing a building audit. A building surveyor has a legal obligation to ensure that no harm to people or damage to property results from their actions. Liability for negligence therefore extends to the issue of acertificate of occupancy permit for building work in accordance with Division

Revolving Doors: AS 1428: AS 1288: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that it is recognised by Building Regulations that revolving doors have inherent hazards whereby the Building Code of Australia 2011 (BCA) does not permit revolving doors to serve as anexit door for evacuation purposes and they are not permitted to be installed in class 9a health care buildings and in resident use areas in class 9c aged

Staged Building Approval: Building Regulation

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise that to expedite the construction of a building an applicant can apply to the building certifier for a building approval for a stage of building work. This type of building approval documentation (full compliance with the building regulations (Building Code of Australia) for a full building approval is lodged with the building certifier. The Building

Special Buildings: Historic Buildings: Building Act: Building Regulations

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.

NSW – BCA Audit: Egress & Fire Safety: Building Audit

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers provide the following part extract of a (BCA Audit – Egress & Fire Safety – Building Audit) Building Code of Australia audit on the egress and fire safety measures of a building. The client required an insight into these two areas because of the life safety issues raised by the tenant under the Building

Occupancy Permit: Building Act 2011: Building Regulations 2012

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that an occupancy permit is required to be issued for a Class 2-9 building under the Building Act 2011 and Building Regulations 2012 by the Permit Authority. The Occupancy Permit Flow Chart below describes the sequences of events under the Building Act 2011 and Building Regulations 2012: Building Legislation Table Refer to our Building Legislation table for further

Accredited Certifier: Construction Certificates: EPAR

NSW – Hendry advises building owners and managers should be aware of the construction certificate process before they apply for and obtain under the Building Regulations a construction certificate through an accredited certifier under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EPAR) and before considering the appointment of consultants and contractors to perform services on their behalf. Construction

Occupancy Permit: Building Act: Building Regulations

VIC – Hendry advises that building surveyors have a legal obligation to ensure that no harm to people or damage to property results from their actions. Liability for negligence therefore extends to the issue of occupancy permits for building work in accordance with Division 1 of Part 5 of the Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2006. Failure

Building Act 1975: Class 1a Buildings

QLD – Hendry advises solicitors, conveyancers and purchasers of the possibility that townhouses may not have the correct final building documentation under the building regulations and the Building Act 1975 for Class 1a buildings. During the course of finalising existing building regulations building approvals for Brisbane City Council, numerous instances have been identified where townhouses have the

Occupation Suitability: Substantially Completed: Building Regulations

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers advise that owners of buildings, tenants and property managers must realise that when a building certifier issues a Certificate of Classification, that the Certificate of Classification is evidence that the building is suitable for occupation under the building regulations. It must be noted under Section 101 of the Building Act 1975 that the issuing

Building Regulations 2006: Regulation 502: Combined Allotments

VIC – Hendry advises that the Building Regulations 2006 in Regulation 502 provides a significant design advantage for a building owner where the ownership of two or more contiguous (adjoining) allotments are in the same name (ownership). Significant cost savings can be made by requesting the building surveyor to invoke Regulation 502 – Combined allotments, thus not invoking full compliance

Occupancy Permit: Building Act 1993: Building Regulations 2006

VIC – Hendry advises that moving into a recently built house or apartment before an occupancy permit is issued is an offence under the Building Act 1993 and building regulations.  Occupants need to ensure they have an occupancy permit in hand issued by their building surveyor, otherwise they risk not only being prosecuted via a building order but

A Certificate of Final Inspection Doesn’t Confirm Your Building Complies

VIC - Hendry advises building owners and property managers to be aware of the basics behind the issuing of a certificate of final inspection for a building in this article. The Building Act 1993, Building Regulations 2006 and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) all combine in determining what goes into

Slips & Falls Audit: Reducing Risk

AUST - Hendry would like to remind owners and facility managers that compliant buildings and good documentation under the Building Code of Australia (BCA) can reduce the risk of injury claims against them. This can be achieved by ensuring that new buildings are compliant and that existing buildings that have inherent

Disability Access: Class 2 Parts of Mixed Use Developments above Ground Level

VIC – Hendry advise that, as of the time of writing, very few Councils in Victoria require applications for town planning permits to be assessed by independent Access Consultants. As a result, there exists the real possibility that, where Access Consultants or Building Surveyors are not consulted before or during the design

Building Alterations and Disability Access to Buildings

VIC - Hendry advises that Regulation 116 of the Building Amendment Regulations 2001 came into operation on 1 May 2011 to cover disability access. Regulation 116 of the Building Amendment Regulations 2001 addresses disability access and now requires that any alterations to an existing building, that requires the issue of a

AS 1851-2012 and your Building

AUST – Hendry advises building owners, property managers, facility managers and facility engineers to be well aware of the safety measures in buildings; such as fire protection systems and equipment that need to be tested, serviced and maintained under the AS 1851 in order to ensure they functioning as designed. AS 1851

BCA Audit: Building Audit: Due Diligence Audit: Which One?

AUST -  HENDRY building surveyors suggest potential clients seeking a building audit, BCA audit or Due Diligence audit/report should understand the terms applicable and the scope of works. The term building audit also includes “due diligence audit/report”. A request by a client for these types of audits should be carefully considered and

Guide to Standards: Dangerous Goods: Building Regulations

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that SAI Global has updated the 'Guide to Standards - Dangerous Goods' who say "This document provides information on Standards and other industry specific information that may be of interest to anyone working with different types of dangerous goods, including manufacturers, importers, suppliers and

Referral Authority Negotiation: Building Regulations

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers advise that the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 contains two schedules listing referral agencies for building regulations compliance, Schedule 7 Referral agencies and their Jurisdictions and schedule 8 Special fire services and referral jurisdiction of Queensland Fire and Rescue Service for them. Building Regulations representations to

Interim Occupation Certificate: Building Regulations

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise that the legal occupation of the whole building is given by the Final Occupation Certificate under the building regulations, while the occupation of a part of a building can be given by an Interim Occupation Certificate. Whichever is the case, it is important to

New Slip Resistance for Stairs: Building Regulations

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that in May 2014 all States and Territories will adopt the Building Code of Australia 2014 building regulations which introduces deemed to satisfy provisions for slip-resistance to trend and nosings to stair ways for all buildings other than houses and outbuildings under BCA Vol

Existing Buildings: Disability Access Requirements

VIC – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that existing buildings that are not undergoing any building works or change of use are not required to be upgraded to comply with the Building Code of Australia BCAI disability access requirements. However, the existing building could still be the subject of a

Disability Access: AS 1428.1 – 2009

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise the amendments to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the introduction of AS 1428.1-2009, that supersedes the previous AS 1428.1-2001 (disability access code) edition, has resulted in some significant changes to the disability access and toilet facilities provisions for people with disabilities. Some

Implied Easement: Subdivision Act 1988: Building Regulations

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that Section 12 of the Subdivision Act 1988 imposes implied easement rights over units on a particular plan of subdivision which the Building Regulations and Building Code of Australia must allow for. To invoke this right, the subdivision plan must invoke the Subdivision Act

Removal Approval: Demolition Approval: Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers provide clients with either a demolition approval or a removal approval under the Building Regulations, generally before a building approval application for building works is lodged. Demolition Approval : Regulatory Control System The Building Act 1975 covers extensively building regulations development applications for a demolition approval

Refrigerated Chambers: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Regulations and Building Code of Australia (BCA) under Part G1, Clause G1.2 ‘Refrigerated chambers, strong rooms and vaults’ sets out safety criteria for the safe operation of refrigerated chambers (cool room/freezers). These provisions are ignored by building owners and building managers

Disability Access: Aged Care

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that one of the major changes to impact on the Built Environment in recent times has been the improvements to the commonality of the disability access provisions for buildings in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the Disability (Access to Premises –

Disability Access: Handrail Terminations

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that the 2009 edition of AS 1428.1 provides additional options for the terminations of handrails at stairs and ramps under the Premises Standards (Building Code of Australia). An extension of the handrail at the top and bottom of the stairs and ramps is

Building Subdivision: Building Regulations 2006: Building Act 1993

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors provide this article for clients who require a background knowledge for the subdivision of a building or land under the building regulation. A building subdivision is based on three main pieces of legislation, the Planning and Environment Act 1987, the Subdivision Act 1988 and Subdivision (Procedures) Regulations 2000.

Interim Fire Safety Certificate: Building Regulations

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advises that under Building Regulations an interim fire safety certificate is a certificate issued by the owner of a building to the effect that each essential fire safety measure specified in the current fire safety schedule for the part of the building to which the certificate relates has: been assessed

Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations: Building Regulations

VIC – HENDRY building surveyors remind building owners that on 1 January 2010, the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 (PHWR) came into effect.  Included in the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 were important changes concerning the regulation of cooling towers and warm water systems for the control of

Premises Standards: Unisex Toilet: Disability Access

AUST - Hendry advises that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) allows a unisex facility required for people with a disability to be counted once for each sex under Clause F2.2(c ) for the calculation of the required number of sanitary facilities to be provided when seeking a building permit. This therefore means

Building Fire Safety Upgrade Report

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise that recent changes to legislation will affect commercial property owners of buildings more than 500m2 in area. Changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations – Exempt and Complying Development, need to be seriously considered by the building owner. Planning Circular A Planning Circular

Essential Safety Measures Audit

AUST - Hendry advises that an essential safety measures audit must be undertaken by an auditor experienced in various types of essential safety measures audits covering all classes and types of buildings. An essential safety measures audit should only be undertaken by the auditor when they are conversant with the following:

Principal Pedestrian Entrance: Premises Standards: Disability Access

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that there is no definition in the Building Regulations, Standards or the Building Code of Australia of the 'Principal Pedestrian Entrance'; we need to refer to the Premises Standards Guide. The Guideline on the Application of the Premises Standards however states ‘The principal

Machinery Guarding Audit

AUST - Hendry advises that the Work Health & Safety Regulations are designed to protect people at work against the risks to health and safety and have specific sections dealing with injury arising from plant and systems of work associated with plant. A machinery guarding audit meets the Regulations’ expectations. The

Refrigerated Chambers

AUST - Hendry advise that the Building Code of Australia under Part G1, Clause G1.2 Refrigerated chambers, strong rooms and vaults sets out safety criteria for the safe operation of refrigerated chambers (cool room/freezers). These provisions are ignored by building owners and building managers frequently who are caught out when applying

Building Regulations: BCA: Format and Numbering

AUST - Hendry advise that the following terminology relevant to the formatting and numbering used in various Building Regulations and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) will help those people in their understanding on how to communicate verbally and in written communications relative to the Building Regulations and the BCA (Building

Permit Authority: Certified Building Permit Application: Building Regulations

WA - Hendry advises the building permit process under the building regulations in the Building Act 2011 is designed to offer a more streamlined approvals process for a certified building permit application. This will be achieved under Section 23 of the Building Act 2011, which requires a Permit Authority to issue a

Fire Safety Schedule: EPAR: Building Regulations

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that a fire safety schedule  (under EPAR and building regulations) must be issued when granting/ issuing a development consent, complying development certificate, construction certificate or a fire safety order. A fire safety schedule must deal with the whole building, not merely the part of

Premises Standards: Existing Building Disability Access Audits

AUST - HENDRY disability access consultants advise building owners, managers and tenants of existing buildings have a combined vested interest on how the disability access provisions in the Building Code of Australia apply to their building. We are frequently requested to prepare existing building audits specifically for the disability access provisions in

Changes to Certification: Building Regulations

NSW – Hendry reminds clients of a very good information sheet issued by the Building Professionals Board covering changes to the Environment Planning and Assessment Act 2012 and Building Professionals Act 2005. Major changes include: Council can recover investigative costs Transferring records to a new principal certifying authority Persons can issue

WHS: OHS: Harmonisation

AUST - Hendry advises that with work health and safety legislation in force across a number of jurisdictions, it is important that businesses operating across state and territory borders take stock of the changing regulatory environment. Businesses also need to be mindful that the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws

Glazing Audits: Building Audit

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors provide glazing audits/ glass audits for clients to establish compliance with local standards or nominated by the client for their existing building or portfolio of buildings, especially prior to applying for a building approval. Occupational Health and Safety Legislation and Case Law highlight the necessity of

Building Audit: Final Fire Safety Certificate

NSW - Hendry announces that to perform a building audit on a building a final fire safety certificate must be obtained. This certificate must be  issued upon completion of the building works, changes of use or changes of occupancy by the owner of the building specifying that the essential fire safety measures

Fire Safety Installations: Final Inspection Certificate: Building Regulations

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers advise that when a building certifier issues a Final Inspection Certificate for a building Section 115 of the Building Act 1975 applies to a person who occupies the building. Section 115 Compliance with relevant building regulations, Building Code of Australia and Queensland Development Code provisions for occupation and use

Protection of Adjoining Property

VIC - Building owners, builders, developers or architects may have dealt with what is known as protection works or protection of adjoining property under the building regulations. The Building Regulations 2006 and Building Act 1993 legislate the protection of the adjoining property owner’s building or property during certain proposed building

Chemical Storage Audits

AUST - Hendry advises that the Safety requirements under work health and safety (WHS) laws are broadly consistent with the previous legislation, but some changes may be needed in workplace systems and training, to meet obligations under the new laws. These new laws are based on the Globally Harmonized System of

EPAA: EPAR: Building Regulations

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that some clients do not fully understand the various roles and responsibilities between certifying authority, consent authority, accredited certifiers and principal certifying authority with the Building Code of Australia, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPAA) and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation

Infringement Notices: Building Notices: Building Regulations

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors and building certifiers provide a wide variety of services for clients who receive Council or Authority building notices, building orders or infringement notices under the building regulations. These building notices/ building orders can be issued by an authority for buildings under construction (with or without a

NSW – BCA Audit: Pre-Sale Building Audit

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers were engaged by a building owner to prepare a BCA Audit (not a comprehensive BCA Audit/ building audit) on a large office/factory premises. The purpose of an abridged BCA Audit was for the building owner to provide to potential purchasers of the premises a ‘BCA Audit’ listing

Fire Safety Advisor: High Occupancy Buildings: Building Regulations

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers advise that the building regulations requires building owners, occupiers and managers of high occupancy buildings are required to appoint a fire safety advisor under the Building Fire Safety Regulations 2008 (BFSR). The BFSR requires the occupier of a high occupancy building to appoint a person who

QLD: Fire Safety Installations Audit: Building Audit

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers provide a complete and independent fire safety installation audit and reporting service to suit client’s buildings. A fire safety installation audit enables property managers and building owners to have the assurance that their buildings are safe, and meet their fire safety installation audit obligations under

Revolving Doors: AS 1428: AS 1288: Building Audit

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that it is recognised by the Building Regulations that revolving doors have inherent hazards whereby the Building Code of Australia does not permit revolving doors to serve as an exit door for evacuation purposes and they are not permitted to be installed in class

Technical Due Diligence Audit: Building Audit

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors were engaged by a major institutional building owner to provide a technical due diligence audit encompassing a building audit. The technical due diligence audit covered regulatory issues such as the Building Code of Australia (BCA), Essential Safety Measures, Accessibility Audit (DDA), Risk and OH&S. The

Form 15: Form 16: Competent Persons: Building Regulations 2006

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers advise that the Building Regulations 2006 allow for a building certifier to accept certificates known as Form 15 and Form 16 to help in the assessment of a building application and inspection of building work. The building certifier must determine whether a person is a competent

Pre-Lease Occupancy Audit: Building Audit

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors were engaged by a prospective tenant to provide a building audit/ pre-lease occupancy audit encompassing regulatory issues such as the Building Code of Australia, Essential Safety Measures, Accessibility Audit (DDA), Risk and OH&S. The following is a part extract of the building audit; these parts

Costing Assessment: Due Diligence Audit: Building Audit

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the following is a part extract of a building audit and costing assessment performed for a client’s existing public building. The client required an assessment of the condition of the building along with costings to address specific issues and nominated maintenance requirements. This

Overview: Building Act 1993: Building Regulations 2006

VIC – HENDRY building surveyors provide some history to the formation of the Building Act 1993 and an insight to the main content features incorporated into the Building Act 1993 at the time of its proclamation with the Building Regulations. INTRODUCTION Victoria's Building Act 1993 provides powers for the regulation

Building Regulations 2006: Alpine Building Standards

VIC – HENDRY building surveyors advise that commercial building owners and managers of older buildings in alpine resorts alpine building standards require that the installation of hard wired smoke detection which is mandatory for most classes of buildings under the Building Regulations 2006 found in alpine resorts or holiday destinations

Special Purpose Building: Building Audit

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors performed a building audit on a special purpose building for a client who was in a post construction dispute with the builder. The following is an extract of a very extensive building audit. Building owners and managers can view this building audit as a preclude

Subdivision Act 1988: Implied Easement: Building Regulations

VIC – HENDRY building surveyors advise that Section 12 of the Subdivision Act 1988 imposes implied easement rights over units on a particular plan of subdivision which the Building Regulations and Building Code of Australia (BCA) must allow for.  To invoke this right, the subdivision plan must invoke the Subdivision

QLD – Fire Safety Installations Audit: Building Audit

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers provide a complete and independent fire safety installation audit and reporting service on fire safety installations to suit clients’ buildings. A fire safety installation audit enables property managers and building owners to have the assurance that their buildings are safe and meet their fire safety installation audit obligations

ABCB: Understanding the Disability Access Provisions

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise clients of ‘Module 5 – Understanding the Disability Access Provisions’ in the ABCB’s Resource Kit. Module 5 provides the reader with 132 slides containing valuable information for designers, managers and building owners seeking building approvals.  

Fire Systems Functional Interface Test: Building Audit

AUST - Essential Property Services performed a Fire Systems Functional Interface Test (building audit) for an authorities building. The building audit was undertaken by relevantly qualified and experienced staff. The testing is intended to prove and verify a functional interface of the fire systems and fire systems capacity to perform

Certifying Authority: Accredited Certifier: Building Regulations

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise it is important for building owners and managers to know the accreditation status of the Accredited Certifier (building certifier) they are using for fit outs/ alterations and to understand the regulatory framework for building certification (Certifying Authority) in NSW, within which the Accredited Certifier

Sound Requirements: Residential Construction: Building Regulations

SA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the South Australian Government has introduced a specification - Minister’s Specification SA 78B – 'Construction Requirements for the Control of External Sound' which came into effect on 1 March 2013. This must be used in conjunction with the Building Code of Australia. This

Disability Access Consultants: Building Certifiers

QLD - HENDRY disability access consultants advise that many building owners and property managers will find themselves in the unenviable position of knowing that the disability access provisions of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) will have an immediate and direct impact on any proposed building works in their buildings, but not

SSIS & EWIS Training: AS 3745-2010: Building Regulations

TAS - Emergency Plan advises that Sound Systems and Intercom Systems (SSIS) for emergency purposes, Emergency Warning and Intercommunication Systems (EWIS) and Occupant Warning Systems (OWS) may be provided under building permit requirements to aid the occupants of a building in an emergency. The emergency response procedures will specify the use

Lapsed Building Permit: Building Regulations 2012

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise builders and owners to ensure they complete their building worksor demolition work within the time period specified by their Building Permit or Demolition Permit including submission of their Notice of Completion to the Permit Authority. Alternatively an application for an extension to the duration

Building Owners: Insurance Companies: BCA Audit: Building Audit

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that a building owner can have a false sense of security after an Insurance assessor has visited a building and provided a report/ building audit for the renewal of a building’s insurance policy.  We have viewed ‘mini reports’ (purported to pass as a BCA audit)

Non Deemed to Satisfy External Wall Cladding Systems: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that in recent years, residential and commercial buildings in Australia have seen a dramatic increase in the use of innovative, external wall cladding systems which are not covered within the Building Code of Australia (BCA) deemed-to-satisfy (DtS) provisions and building regulations. When these systems

Self Assessable Development: Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise that the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 under Section 236 Self assessable development does not require a development permit for self assessable development. Although the owner is required to comply with applicable codes like, structural adequacy, size, volume and boundary set backs. Owners should be

Safe Design of Structures: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that Safe Work Australia has issued a Code of Practice ‘Safe Design of Structures'. The Code states in part the Code provides practical guidance to persons conducting a business or undertaking who design structures that will be used, or could reasonably be expected to

Title Boundary: Essential Safety Measures: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that construction of a building to the title boundary of an allotment under a building approval provides for the efficient use of a property but also provides the building owner with long term essential safety measures maintenance problems. Construction techniques exist that allow fire rating

Mandatory Inspections: Final Inspection Certification: Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise that when issuing the building approval for building works under the building regulations, the building certifier will nominate the mandatory inspections to be performed leading to the issue of the Final Inspection Certificate. A record of these mandatory inspections is necessary to help the

Due Diligence Audits: Building Regulations

ACT – HENDRY building surveyors have provided many clients with due diligence audits to establish answers to questions under the Building Act 2004, Building Regulations 2010, Planning and Development Act 2007, Planning and Development Regulations 2008, Fire Brigade Act 1957 and the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Some due diligence audits questions to

NSW: Building Appeals Process: Building Regulations

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that in New South Wales, building legislation contains provisions that allow for an authority, namely the Land and Environment Court, to vary particular requirements of the building regulations and the Building Code of Australia (BCA)  in the case of existing building upgrades under the

WA – BCA Audit: Building Audit

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that since the Building Code of Australia (BCA) does not apply to buildings retrospectively and is being continually revised and improved, building surveyors will advise most buildings in Australia do not comply with the current Building Code of Australia (BCA). A BCA Audit performed by building surveyors

Building Permit: Planning Approval: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise designers, property developers and builders to be sure building permit/ approval documents remain consistent with development permits/ planning permits. Building surveyors checking documents for a building approval are required to ensure the building permit documentation complies with the planning permit, in particular the endorsed

EPAA: Smoke Alarms: Moveable Dwellings: Building Regulations

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that the NSW Department of Planning's Building Regulation Advisory Note BS 11 001 advises practitioners and the community of the requirement to provide smoke alarms to all moveable dwellings. The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPAA) requires smoke alarms to all residential buildings (dating from 2006) to

TAS – Building Audit: Due Diligence Audits

TAS – HENDRY building surveyors have provided many clients with due diligence audits to establish answers to questions under the Building Act 2000, Building Regulations 2004, Fire Services Act 1979, General Fire Regulations 2010, and the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Some due diligence audits questions to building surveyors are; What parts

The Process: Final Inspection Certificate: Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers provide clients with a Final Inspection Certificate upon the completion of building works stemming from a building approval. We see the need to provide an explanation of the process as a number of stakeholders are confused or lack adequate knowledge to appreciate what is required

NSW – Construction Certificates: Building Audit

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise building owners and property managers of the need to ensure that the construction certificate is available to the building certifier prior to a due diligence audit or BCA Audit being performed on a building. This article explains the process to apply for and obtain a

Protection of Adjoining Property: Building Regulations

NT - HENDRY building surveyors advise that building legislation requires an applicant to consider the protection of adjoining property before building work commences. A number of steps usually have to be considered to comply with the protection of adjoining property legislation. Under Part 9 'Protection of Adjoining Property' of the

NT – Dangerous Goods Audit: Building Audit

NT – HENDRY building surveyors liaise with specialists when necessary, to produce dangerous goods audits that assist in the design layout, storage layout and special requirements of dangerous goods regulations and the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Dangerous goods audits list substances or articles that may be corrosive, flammable, explosive, spontaneously

NT – Due Diligence Audit: Building Audit

NT - HENDRY building surveyors have provided many clients with due diligence audits to establish answers to questions under Building Acts, Building Regulations and the Building Code of Australia. Some due diligence audits questions to building surveyors are… (more) Building Legislation Table Refer to our Building Legislation table for further information

Essential Safety Provisions: Building Regulations

SA - Essential Property Services advises that two types of regulatory provisions apply to determine the minimum maintenance and testing of safety installations commonly known as essential safety provisions.  These provisions are under Regulation 76 of the Development Regulations 2008 and the Development Act 1993. These provisions need not apply if

Principal Pedestrian Entrance: Disability Access: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that there is no definition in the Building Regulations, Standards or the Building Code of Australia (BCA) of “Principal Pedestrian Entrance", we need to refer to the Premises Standards Guide. The Guideline on the Application of the Premises Standards however states” The principal

Building Surveyors: Disability Access Audits

SA - HENDRY building surveyors are experts in BCA Disability Access Audits leading to building rules certification. Our disability access audits are performed by our building surveyors, who are statutory registered building surveyors in South Australia… (more) Referenced Disability Access Standards Refer to our list of Referenced Disability Access Standards for

Building Infringement Notices: Building Regulations

ACT – HENDRY building surveyors provide a wide variety of services for clients under the building regulations who receive ACT Fire Brigade Service, Council, or Chief Officer of an Emergency Service building infringement notices and Stop Notices and Further Notices under ‘Part 4 Stop and Demolition Notices’ under the Building

Certificate of Classification: Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise building owners and managers of restrictions under the building regulations system contained in the Building Act 1975 relating to compliance with the certificate of classification for new buildings and works associated with alterations stemming from a building approval. Where a certificate of classification under

Building Alterations: Access to Building

VIC – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that Regulation 116 of the Building Amendment Regulations 2011 came into operation on the 1 May 2011 to cover disability access. Regulation 116 of the Building Amendment Regulations 2011 addresses disability access and now requires that any alterations to an existing building, that

VIC – Building Audit: Certificate of Final Inspection: AESMR

VIC – HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners who request a building audit to be performed ensure that a Certificate of Final Inspection(s) for all previous building works is obtained prior to a building audit or BCA Audit being performed. The Building Act 1993, Building Regulations 2006 and the Building

Building Compliance: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners and managers need to be aware that a majority of buildings do not comply with the current  Building Code of Australia (BCA) or  building regulations. Each year various aspects of the BCA are enhanced or amended according to industry and community consultation

ACT – Building Audit: Due Diligence Audits

ACT – HENDRY building surveyors have provided many clients with due diligence audits to establish answers to questions under the Building Act 2004, Building Regulations 2010, Planning and Development Act 2007, Planning and Development Regulations 2008, Fire Brigade Act 1957 and the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Some due diligence audits questions to

Essential Safety Measures: Glossary of Definitions

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia references many Essential Safety Measures as Safety Measures in Part I1 Equipment and Safety Installations. The following table lists all the Safety Measures and BCA Clause References in Part I, with a glossary/ definition of each Safety Measure

Building Notice: Building Order: Building Act 1993: Building Regulations 2006

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that a number of prospective clients approach us with problems associated with a Building Notice or Building Order issued under the Building Act 1993 for offences against the Building Regulations 2006, especially when no building permit has been issued. Clients whose buildings have undergone alternations

Disability Access: BCA Clause D3.6 Signage

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise of new signage requirements for disability access in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) 2013. Under BCA clause D3.6 (a)(ii), in a building required to be accessible, each entry or exit door that is required by E4.5 to be provided with an exit sign,

Major Changes: Disability Access: BCA: AS 1428.1-2009

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise the amendments to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the introduction of AS 1428.1-2009, that supersedes the previous AS 1428.1-2001 (disability access code) edition, has resulted in some significant changes to the disability access and toilet facilities provisions for people with disabilities

VIC – Building Audit: Relevance of Occupancy Permit: AESMR

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that building owners must understand the implications of an occupancy permit when performing a building audit. A building surveyor has a legal obligation to ensure that no harm to people or damage to property results from their actions. Liability for negligence therefore extends to the issue of a

Disability Access: Existing Buildings

VIC – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that existing buildings that are not undergoing any building works or change of use are not required to be upgraded to comply with the Building Code of Australia BCAI disability access requirements. However, the existing building could still be the subject of a

Building Services Authority: Building Work: Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers have had many questions and confusion from building owners, property managers and facility managers with regard to their responsibilities and requirements for registration with the Building Services Authority.  The question to be answered is: Are you directly supervising or carrying out building works on your

Essential Safety Measures: Preventative Maintenance: Building Regulations

AUST– HENDRY building surveyors advise clients of an excellent White Paper on preventative maintenance concerning essential safety measures under the building regulations titled, ‘Maintenance of Fire Equipment: What The Results Show’, it analysis over 1 million maintenance records, provides results and a clear picture of the amount of maintenance done… (more)

QLD – Due Diligence Audits: Building Audit

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers have provided many clients with due diligence audits to establish answers to questions under the Building Act 1997, Sustainable Planning Act 2009, Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009, Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 and the Building Code of Australia (BCA), especially prior to applying for a building approval.

Building Regulations: AS 1851-2005: As Built Drawing

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners, practitioners and managers that a building which has been issued with an Occupancy Permit, Schedule/ Determination or Certificate of Final Inspection that requires maintenance of essential safety measures to AS 1851-2005 needs specific attention. The essential safety measures required to be maintained

Points of Legality: Building Regulations: Building Code of Australia: BCA

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the following points will help the reader of building regulations and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) to comprehend some basic points of legality when reading these statutory documents (Building Legislation) when attempting to obtain a building permit. Building Regulations and BCA Where there

Machinery Guarding Audit: Workplace Using Machinery

AUST – Work Place Safety Assessors advise that the Work Health and Safety Regulations are designed to protect people at work against the risks to health and safety and have specific sections dealing with injury arising from plant and systems of work associated with plant. A machinery guarding audit meets

NSW – BCA Audit: Egress & Fire Safety: Building Audit

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers provide the following part extract of a (BCA Audit - Egress & Fire Safety - Building Audit) Building Code of Australia audit on the egress and fire safety measures of a building. The client required an insight into these two areas because of the life

ACT – BCA Audit: Building Audit

ACT – HENDRY building surveyors advise that since the Building Code of Australia does not apply to buildings retrospectively and is being continually revised and improved, building surveyors will advise most buildings in ACT do not comply with the current Building Code of Australia (BCA). A building surveyor’s BCA Audit

Draft BCA 2014: Changes Ready to Read

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has recently released the draft of the Building Code of Australia 2014 and has been made available for public comment prior to its issue… (more)

BCA Audit: Building Audit

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that since the Building Code of Australia (BCA) does not apply to buildings retrospectively and is being continually revised and improved, building surveyors will advise most buildings in Australia do not comply with the current Building Code of Australia. A BCA Audit performed by building surveyors will

ACT – Aged Care Audit: Building Audit

ACT - HENDRY building surveyors aged care audits are conducted to the certification instrument set down by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, and gives the Aged Care service provider an understanding of their status prior to being formerly assessed or applying for a building approval certificate. Aged care audits

South Australian Building Regulations

SA - HENDRY building surveyors advise that a building owner, occupier or owners agent for a building inherits obligations under various statutory legislation to ensure building works and alterations under a building rules certification including occupation of a building and the inspection, testing and maintenance of nominated essential safety provisions are

Disability Access: BCA: AS 1428.1-2009: Major Changes

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise the amendments to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the introduction of AS 1428.1-2009, that supersedes the previous AS 1428.1-2001 (disability access code) edition, has resulted in some significant changes to the disability access and toilet facilities provisions for people with disabilities. Some

NSW – Essential Fire Safety Measures Audit: Building Audit

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers provide a complete and independent essential fire safety measures audit (building audit) and reporting service to suit client’s buildings. An essential fire safety measures audit enables property managers and building owners to have the assurance that their buildings are safe, especially prior to applying for a

BCA Audits: Building Regulations

ACT – HENDRY building surveyors advise that since the Building Code of Australia does not apply to buildings retrospectively and is being continually revised and improved, building surveyors will advise most buildings in ACT do not comply with the current Building Code of Australia. A building surveyor’s BCA Audit performed

Stage of Building Work: Building Permit: Building Regulations

VIC – HENDRY building surveyors advise that to expedite the construction of a building, an applicant can apply to the building surveyor for a building permit for a stage of building work under the Building Act 1993. This type of building permit in the Building Regulations allows the builder to commence building

Due Diligence Audits: Building Surveyors

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors provide due diligence audits to establish answers to questions under Building Acts, Building Regulations and the Building Code of Australia, especially prior to applying for a building permit. Some due diligence audits questions to building surveyors are… (more)

ACT – Building Audit: Fire Safety Audit

ACT – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the objective of a fire safety audit is to provide a structured process of auditing the fire safety measures serving a building against nominated audit criteria and benchmarks. A fire safety audit can enable building owners, property managers, services contractors and insurance companies

QLD – Building Approval Documents: Fire Safety Installations: Building Audit

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers alert building owners, occupiers and facility managers that the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is requesting building approval documents during their regular fire safety installations auditing processes of occupied buildings. Most facility managers are now aware of the requirement to display the Certificate of Classification

Building Act 1975: Certificate of Classification: Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise building owners and managers of restrictions under the building regulations system contained in the Building Act 1975 relating to compliance with the certificate of classification for new buildings and works associated with alterations. Where a certificate of classification under the Building Act 1975 has

Slips & Falls Audit: BCA Building Audit: Reducing Risk

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors remind owners and facility managers that compliant buildings and good documentation under the Building Code of Australia (BCA) can reduce the risk of injury claims against them. This can be achieved by ensuring that new buildings are compliant and that existing buildings that have inherent

Protection of Adjoining Property: Building Surveyors

ACT - HENDRY building surveyors advise that Australian Capital Territory legislation requires the applicant to consider the protection of adjoining property before building work commences. A number of steps usually have to be considered to comply with the protection of adjoining property legislation. When making an application for the proposed building work,

Handrail Terminations: Disability Access

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that the 2009 edition of AS 1428.1 provides additional options for the terminations of handrails at stairs and ramps under the Premises Standards (Building Code of Australia). An extension of the handrail at the top and bottom of the stairs and ramps is

BCA Audit: Building Audit: Due Diligence Audit: Do I Need?

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors have been commissioned by a number of clients to conduct a specific type of inspection and compile a report on their building(s). The client nominates this service as either a due diligence audit, building audit survey, or Building Code of Australia (BCA) audit (BCA Audit) and the

Historic Buildings and Special Buildings: Building Act 1993

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,

ACT – Fire Safety Audits: Building Surveyors

ACT - HENDRY building surveyors provide fire safety audits to ensure there is a structured process of auditing the essential services serving a building against nominated audit criteria and benchmarks. Fire safety audits can enable building owners, property managers, service contractors and insurance companies to adequately gauge the efficacy and

Pool Safety Laws: Queensland Development Code: Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers remind building owners, facility managers and body corporations that pool safety laws are in force under the Queensland Development Code (building regulations). A pool safety certificate must be issued by a licensed pool safety inspector when selling, buying or leasing a property with a pool

Building Audits: Maintenance Contractors: Essential Safety Measures

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that performing a building audit on a specialist maintenance contractor performing essential safety measures maintenance can be quite involved and some property managers and facility managers may not be fully equipped to do the assessment. This article should help property/facility managers in their various

Essential Safety Provisions Audit

SA - HENDRY building surveyors provide a complete and independent essential safety provisions audit and reporting service to suit clients' buildings. An essential safety provisions audit enables property managers and building owners to have the assurance that their buildings are safe, and meet their essential safety provisions obligations under the Development

Glazing Audits: Glazing Assessments

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors provide glazing audits/ glazing assessments for clients to establish compliance with local standards or nominated by the client for their existing building or portfolio of buildings. Occupational Health and Safety Legislation and Case Law highlight the necessity of building owners, property managers, facility managers and tenants

Illegal Building Documentation: Building Regulations

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that BRANZ has issued Advisory Note 2013-1 titled 'Illegal Fabricated Fire Test Report and Fire Test Certificate' informing clients that illegal and fabricated reports under the building regulations, purporting to have been issued by BRANZ in the name of Fire Retardant Technologies Pty Ltd

Machinery Guarding Audits: Work Place Safety Assessors

AUST – Work Place Safety Assessors advise that inadequate machinery guarding is identified as the highest cause of accidents in the workplace. Industries such as manufacturing, mining, utility services, and telecommunications, as well as workplaces and remote sites where machinery is used, are at risk and should have machinery guarding

Building Surveyors: Building Regulations 2006: Regulation 502: Combined Allotments

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Regulations 2006 in Regulation 502 provides a significant design advantage for a building owner where the ownership of two or more contiguous (adjoining) allotments are in the same name (ownership). Significant cost savings can be made by requesting the building surveyor

Staged Building Approval: Building Certifier: Building Regulation

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers advise that to expedite the construction of a building an applicant can apply to the building certifier for a building approval for a stage of building work. This type of building approval documentation (full compliance with the building regulations (Building Code of Australia) for a

Domestic Building Consumer Protection

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Victorian Government's Department of Treasury & Finance has issued a wide ranging package of reforms to provide better protection to consumers for domestic building works with a quicker and cheaper resolution of disputes... (more)

EPAA: Building Notice of Intention: Building Order Notice: Building Regulations

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers provide a wide variety of services for clients who receive Council or other Consent Authority building Notice of Intention or building order notice under the Building Regulations. These legislative directions can be issued by an authority for buildings under construction, or on an existing building where

QLD – Glazing Audits: Glazing Assessments: Building Audit

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers provide glazing audits / glazing assessments for clients to establish compliance with AS 1288 - 2006, AS/NZS 2208 and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for their existing building or portfolio of buildings... (more)

Fire Safety Audits: Building Regulations

AUST –HENDRY building surveyors advise that the objective of fire safety audits is to provide a structured process of auditing the fire safety measures serving a building against nominated audit criteria and benchmarks. Fire safety audits can enable building owners, property managers, services contractors and insurance companies to adequately gauge the

Building Audit: BCA Audit: Due Diligence Audits – Which One?

AUST -  HENDRY building surveyors suggest potential clients seeking a building audit, BCA audit or Due Diligence audit/report should understand the terms applicable and the scope of works. The term building audit also includes “due diligence audit/report”. A request by a client for these types of audits should be carefully considered and

EPAA: Compliance Certificate: Building Regulations

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advises that under the Environment Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPAA), Part 4A Certificates, allows for an application for a Compliance Certificate confirming that specified and approved building works or aspects of a development are acceptable, or to obtain a classification of a building under the

Victorian Building Authority: Establishment

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that new legislation to establish the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) to oversee the regulation of the building industry will come into effect on 1 July 2013. The two new Legislative Bills can be viewed in Part 1 and Part 2.

Class 1a Buildings: Building Act 1975: Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise solicitors, conveyancers and purchasers of the possibility that townhouses may not have the correct final building documentation under the building regulations and the Building Act 1975 for Class 1a buildings. During the course of finalising existing building approvals for Brisbane City Council, numerous instances

Occupancy Permit: Building Act 1993: Building Regulations 2006

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that building surveyors have a legal obligation to ensure that no harm to people or damage to property results from their actions. Liability for negligence therefore extends to the issue of occupancy permits for building work in accordance with Division 1 of Part 5 of

QLD – Building Audit: Due Diligence Audits: Building Certifiers

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers have provided many clients with due diligence audits to establish answers to questions under the Building Act 1997, Sustainable Planning Act 2009, Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009, Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 and the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Some due diligence audit questions to building certifiers include... (more)

Building Act 1993: Disability Discrimination Act: Disability Access

VIC - HENDRY disability access consultants advise that the purpose of this article is to provide regulatory advice on disability access, and Disability Discrimination Act implications and requirements of the Building Act 1993, the Building Regulations 2006, Building Code of Australia and the recent introduction of the Building Amendment Regulations 2011 that may

Balustrade Audit: Building Code of Australia: Building Audit

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners and managers to consider commissioning a BCA audit of the balustrades of their building(s) in terms of Building Code of Australia (BCA) compliance and risk minimisation strategies. A recent balustrade BCA audit we undertook found 80 non compliances for the numerous balustrades at an

Building Appeals: Departures: Building Surveyors: Building Certifiers

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors/ building certifiers advise that most State and Territory building legislation contain provisions, building appeals, building modifications or departures, that allow for an authority or building surveyor to vary particular requirements of the regulations and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in the case of existing

NSW Building Legislation: EPAA: EPAR

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise that a building owner, occupier or owner's agent for a building inherits obligations under various statutory NSW Building Legislation (including EPAA and EPAR) to ensure building works, alteration, occupation of a building and the inspection, testing and maintenance of nominated essential fire safety measures are complied with as required... (more)

Occupancy Permit: Building Act 2011: Building Regulations 2012

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that an occupancy permit is required to be issued for a Class 2-9 building under the Building Act 2011 and Building Regulations 2012 by the Permit Authority. The following Occupancy Permit Flow Chart describes the sequences of events under the Building Act 2011 and

Occupation Suitability: Substantially Completed: Building Regulations

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers advise that owners of buildings, tenants and property managers must realise that when a building certifier issues a Certificate of Classification, that the Certificate of Classification is evidence that the building is suitable for occupation. It must be noted under Section 101 of the Building Act 1975 that

NSW – Dangerous Goods Audits: Building Certifiers

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers in consort with specialists if necessary, can produce dangerous goods audits that assist in the design layout, storage layout and special requirements of dangerous goods regulations and Building Code of Australia (BCA). Dangerous goods audits list substances or articles that may be corrosive, flammable, explosive,

Aged Care: Disability Access

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that one of the major changes to impact on the Built Environment in recent times has been the improvements to the commonality of the disability access provisions for buildings in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the Disability (Access to Premises –

Maintenance Contractor Audit: Contractor Auditing: Building Audit

AUST –  HENDRY building surveyors issue a reminder to property managers and real estate agents that engaging a competent Specialist Maintenance Contractor to test, audit and service all fire safety installations, essential safety measures or fire safety measures contained within a building is essential and a mandatory requirement under most State regulations.

Building Audit: Due Diligence Audits: Building Surveyors

TAS – HENDRY building surveyors have provided many clients with due diligence audits to establish answers to questions under the Building Act 2000, Building Regulations 2004, Fire Services Act 1979, General Fire Regulations 2010, and the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Some due diligence audits questions to building surveyors are;

Staged Building Work: Building Act 2011: Building Regulations 2012

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that to expedite the construction of a building an applicant can apply to the building surveyor for a building permit for a staged building work under the Building Act 2011. This type of staged building work building permit allows the builder to commence building

Flood Hazard Areas: Building Regulations: BCA

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Commission has issued Practice Note 2013-65 'Flood Hazard Areas and Building Regulations' to provide building practitioners with clarification of the new provisions in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) 2013 Volumes One and Two that relate to the construction of buildings in

Glazing Audits: Building Surveyors

ACT - HENDRY building surveyors provide glazing audits / glazing assessments for clients to establish compliance with AS 1288 – 2006, AS/NZS 2208 and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for their existing building or portfolio of buildings. Occupational Health and Safety Legislation and Case Law highlight the necessity of

Enforcement Notice: Building Act 1975: Building Regulations

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers advise that a 'show cause notice' provides the means by which the local authority can require the building owner to show cause as to why buildings undergoing building works or an existing building should not be subject to an Enforcement Notice to provide a level

ACT – Building Subdivision Audits: Building Surveyors

ACT - HENDRY building surveyors conduct building subdivision audits that provide building owners with a wealth of information that can affect their decision making process relative to a cost effective building subdivision. Building regulations can impact on a building's subdivision viability, this makes building subdivision audits by building surveyors vital to

Subdivision Act 1988: Implied Easement: Building Regulations

VIC – HENDRY building surveyors advise that Section 12 of the Subdivision Act 1988 imposes implied easement rights over units on a particular plan of subdivision which the Building Regulations and Building Code of Australia (BCA) must allow for.  To invoke this right, the subdivision plan must invoke the Subdivision

Essential Safety Measures: Auditors Insurance: Building Audit

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise facility and property managers that when engaging consultants or contractors to perform essential safety measures maintenance, a building audit, inspections or reports, be aware that there is an extremely important distinction to make between the levels of protection afforded by each. To protect yourself

Unisex Toilet: Premises Standards: Disability Access

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) allows a unisex facility required for people with a disability to be counted once for each sex under Clause F2.2(c ) for the calculation of the required number of sanitary facilities to be provided. This therefore means

Building Act 2011: Building Regulations 2012: Building Permit Documentation

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Act 2011 and Building Regulations 2012 by specific reference to referring authorities, Building Code of Australia (BCA) and Australian Standards, stipulates certain documents to be provided to a building surveyor upon certified application or uncertified applications for a building permit. Clients

Building Subdivision Audits: Building Surveyors

ACT - HENDRY building surveyors advise that their building subdivision audits provide building owners with a wealth of information that can affect their decision making process relative to a cost effective building subdivision. Building regulations can impact on a building's subdivision viability, this makes building subdivision audits by building surveyors vital to

Demolition Approval: Removal Approval: Building Regulations

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers provide clients with either a demolition approval or a removal approval under the Building Regulations, generally before a building approval application for building works is lodged. Demolition Approval : Regulatory Control System The Building Act 1975 covers extensively building development applications for a demolition approval or

QLD – Fire Safety Installations Audit: Building Certifiers

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers provide a complete and independent fire safety installation audit and reporting service on fire safety installations to suit clients' buildings. A fire safety installation audit enables property managers and building owners to have the assurance that their buildings are safe and meet their fire safety installation audit obligations

Building Subdivision Process: Building Regulations 2006: Building Act 1993

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors provide this article for those clients who require a background knowledge for the subdivision of a building or land. A building subdivision is based on three main pieces of legislation, the Planning and Environment Act 1987, the Subdivision Act 1988 and Subdivision (Procedures) Regulations 2000. A building subdivision

VIC – Building Referees High Rise Award: Building Audit: BCA Audit

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors recently completed an advice letter concerning a building owner’s request for a BCA Audit. The client was not yet at a stage to commission HENDRY to provide a BCA Audit (Building Code of Australia) as the necessary preliminary (essential) documentation was not available. We advised the client to

Building Notice: Building Order: Infringement Notice: Building Audit

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors report that legislative directions cause a building audit to occur when issued under various Building Acts and Building Regulations around Australia take the form of a building notice, building order or an infringement notice. These legislative directions can be issued by an authority for buildings under construction,

BCA: Building Audit: Refrigerated Chambers

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) under Part G1, Clause G1.2 'Refrigerated chambers, strong rooms and vaults' sets out safety criteria for the safe operation of refrigerated chambers (cool room/freezers). These provisions are ignored by building owners and building managers frequently. Building Compliance

Fire Safety Audits & Upgrades: Building Surveyors

TAS - HENDRY building surveyors provide fire safety audits in a structured process of auditing the fire safety measures serving a building against nominated audit criteria and benchmarks. Fire safety audits can enable building owners, property managers, services contractors and insurance companies to adequately gauge the efficacy and suitability of essential

Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations: Building Regulations

VIC – HENDRY building surveyors remind building owners that on 1 January 2010, the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 (PHWR) came into effect.  Included in the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 were important changes concerning the regulation of cooling towers and warm water systems for the control of

NSW – Final Occupation Certificate: Building Audit

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise that a final occupation certificate must have been issued by a principal certifying authority at the completion of building works for the building to have legal occupation under the Building Regulations. When performing a building audit, a final occupation certificate is a requisite document. The final

QLD – Disability Access Audits: Building Certifiers

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers are experts in BCA Disability Access Audits leading to building approvals and building certifications. Our disability access audits are performed by our building certifiers, who are statutory registered across the whole of Australia... (more)

Fire Safety Advisor: Fire Safety Installations: Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers provide qualified Fire Safety Advisor services (fire safety installations) for high occupancy buildings (buildings with more than 30 occupiers or buildings above 25 metres in effective height). The Building Fire Safety Regulations 2008 (BFSR) requires the appointment of a Fire Safety Advisor for these types

Emergency Lighting: Exit Signs: AS 2293.1-2005

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) under Part E4 emergency lighting, exit signs and warning systems requires the installation (location) of exit signs to be in accordance with AS 2293.1-2005 'Emergency escape lighting and exit signs for buildings – System design, installation and

Notice of Completion: Building Act 2011: Building Regulations 2012

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Act 2011 requires builders of all classes of buildings (houses, shops, factories, hospitals etc) to provide a notice of completion of the building works within seven days of completing the building works. Under the Building Act 2011 the notice of completion

Building Permit Applications: Permit Authorities: Building Act 2011

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Act 2011 requires Permit Authorities (Local Government) to play a pivotal role for the construction sector in relation to compliance, enforcement and the granting of a demolition permit, building permit and an occupancy permit. Permit Authorities will ensure that all statutory requirements for

ACT – Building Surveyors: Due Diligence Audits

ACT - HENDRY building surveyors have provided many clients with due diligence audits to establish answers to questions under the Building Act 2004, Building Regulations 2010, Planning and Development Act 2007, Planning and Development Regulations 2008, Fire Brigade Act 1957 and the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Some due diligence audits questions to

Protection of Adjoining Property: Dilapidation Audit

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that adjoining property legislation requires an owner to consider protection of adjoining property, part of the compliance process is to have a dilapidation audit prepared to safeguard the interests of the owner and adjoining owner… (more)

QLD – Building Audit: Pre-purchase appraisal

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise that a Development Permit Search is not always adequate for a building audit involving a pre-purchase appraisal. Our Brisbane office has noticed an increase in new purchasers that were unaware of incomplete building works that remained outstanding at the time of purchasing their new property after

EPAA: Final Occupation Certificate: Building Regulations

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise that a final occupation certificate must be issued by a principal certifying authority, whether it is the consent authority or an accredited certifier (building surveyor) at the completion of the building works for the building to have legal occupation under the Building Regulations. The final occupation certificate commonly

Changes to Certification and Regulation

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise that a very good information sheet has been issued by the Building Professionals Board covering recent changes to the Environment Planning and Assessment Act 2012 and Building Professionals Act 2005. Major changes include: Council can recover investigative costs Transferring records to a new principal

Building Audit: Fire Safety Installations Audit

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers provide a complete and independent fire safety installations audit and reporting service to suit client’s buildings. A fire safety installation audit enables property managers and building owners to have the assurance that their buildings are safe, and meet their fire safety installation audit obligations under

Building Permit Process: Building Act 2011: Building Regulations 2012

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Act 2011 allows for a builder or developers to engage private registered building surveyors to certify that the technical provisions of the building regulations and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) are complied with (certificate of design compliance) with the documentation lodged

NSW – Aged Care Audits: Building Certifiers

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers' aged care audits are conducted to the certification instrument set down by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, and gives the Aged Care service provider an understanding of their status prior to being formerly assessed... (more)

National Construction Industry Conference 2013

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), together with Master Plumbers Australia and the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors, will jointly deliver the pre-eminent National Construction Industry Conference of 2013. The conference will offer both Building and Plumbing industry attendees a world class built

Appeals/Modifications: Building Surveyors: Building Regulations

SA - HENDRY building surveyors advise that legislation contains provisions that allow for an authority to vary particular requirements of the regulations and the Building Code of Australia (BCA). The appeals, departures and/ or modifications process can be a lengthy procedure, and the quality of submission and the expert advice

Principal Pedestrian Entrance: Disability Access: Premises Standards

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that there is no definition in the Building Regulations, Standards or the Building Code of Australia (BCA) of “Principal Pedestrian Entrance; we need to refer to the Premises Standards Guide. The Guideline on the Application of the Premises Standards however states 'The principal

BFSR: QFRS: Approval Documents: Fire Safety Installations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers alert building owners, occupiers and facility managers that the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is requesting approval documents during their regular fire safety installations auditing processes of occupied buildings. Most facility managers are now aware of the requirement to display the Certificate of Classification

EPAR: Final Fire Safety Certificate: Building Regulations

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise that under Building Regulations, a final fire safety certificate is issued upon completion of the building works or changes of use by the owner of the building specifying that the essential fire safety measures have been properly implemented and are capable of performing to a standard not

Enforcement Notices: Building Surveyors: Building Regulations

SA - HENDRY building surveyors provide a wide variety of services for clients who receive Council, Development Assessment Commission, South Australian Heritage Council or Fire Brigade Enforcement Notices. These legislative directions can be issues by an authority for buildings under construction, or on an existing building where no building work

Refrigerated Chambers: BCA: Building Audit

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) under Part G1, Clause G1.2 Refrigerated chambers, strong rooms and vaults sets out safety criteria for the safe operation of refrigerated chambers (cool room/freezers). These provisions are ignored by building owners and building managers frequently. Building Compliance

Building Certifiers: Due Diligence Audits

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers have provided due diligence audits to many clients to establish answers to questions under the Building Act 1997, Sustainable Planning Act 2009, Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009, Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 and the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Some due diligence audit questions to building certifiers

QLD – BFSR: Building Audit: BSA Licensing Contracts

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise that the Building Services Authority mandates the requirements for all maintenance companies/individuals inspecting or providing a building audit for annual fire safety installations (fire doors, paths of travel, fire rated walls) inspections under the building regulations (BFSR) are to be performed by licensed persons...

Building Regulations: Occupiers Cause 100% Building Compliance

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that Occupiers of buildings (mostly tenants) typically want to change their tenancies by either altering the building or their partitioning layout. Depending on lease requirements pertinent to building regulation and planning control, occupiers must obtain the owner’s/ manager’s approval before applying for approvals, commencing

Machinery Guarding Audit: Workplace Using Machinery

AUST – Work Place Safety Assessors advise that the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (Work Health & Safety) are designed to protect people at work against the risks to health and safety and have specific sections dealing with injury arising from plant and systems of work associated with plant. A

Building Commissioning: Building Surveyors

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors provide a look at the responsibility for overseeing and co-ordinating whole of building commissioning from a Building Surveyor’s perspective.  These are important issues from the point of view of the Building Surveyor as complex projects are always time consuming and can be difficult to sign

Building Permit Application Processing Timeframes: Building Act 2011

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Act 2011 allows building permit applications for Class 1 and 10 buildings and structures to be submitted to the Permit Authority in two different ways; being a certified building permit application, or an uncertified building permit application. The Building Act 2011

A Beginner’s Overview: Building Act 1993

VIC - This Hendry article provides some history to the formation of the Building Act 1993 and a beginner's insight to the main content features incorporated into the Building Act 1993 at the time of its proclamation. Introduction The Building Act 1993 provides powers for the regulation of building and building

Essential Safety Measures Audit

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that an essential safety measures audit must be undertaken by an auditor experienced in various types of essential safety measures audits covering all classes and types of buildings. An essential safety measures audit should only be undertaken by the auditor when they are conversant

Building Certifier: Building Approval: Building Regulations

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers advise that the issuing of a building approval under the Building Regulations by the building certifier can encompass a whole host of statutory requirements required to be adhered to by the owner, reporting authorities, applicant, building practitioners, and council before the building approval can be issued, i.e.

Interim Fire Safety Certificate: Building Regulations

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advises that under Building Regulations an interim fire safety certificate is a certificate issued by the owner of a building to the effect that each essential fire safety measure specified in the current fire safety schedule for the part of the building to which the certificate relates has: been assessed

Essential Safety Measures: Building Regulations 2006: Building Owners

VIC - HENDRY Building Surveyors advise that for all sorts of reasons building owners find that they are unable to comply with the essential safety measures provisions of the Building Regulations 2006. A number of building owners, property managers and occupiers do not appear to be aware of the penalties

Permit Authority: Certified Building Permit Application: Building Act 2011

WA - HENDRY building surveyors advises the building permit process introduced by the Building Act 2011 on 1 January 2012 is designed to offer a more streamlined approvals process for certified building permit application. This will be achieved under Section 23 of the Building Act 2011, which requires a Permit Authority to issue

Competent Persons: Form 15: Form 16: Building Regulations 2006

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers advise that the Building Regulations 2006 allow for a building certifier to accept certificates known as Form 15 and Form 16 to help in the assessment of a building application and inspection of building work. The building certifier must determine whether a person is a competent

Building Audit: Building Condition Audit

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors completed a building audit, (building condition audit) on an existing 2 story public building for the building owner. The building owners were gravely concerned with the condition of the ground storey floor boards and sub-floor structure. This part extract of our building condition audit provides

Emergency Order: Building Act 1993: Building Regulations

VIC – HENDRY building surveyors advise that under various sections of the Building Act 1993, the Municipal Building Surveyor has a significant role in the ‘enforcement procedures’ to ensure compliance is achieved or public safety and health are not endangered. A building surveyor can issue an emergency order under the

Fire Safety Advisor: High Occupancy Buildings: Building Regulations

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers advise that building owners, occupiers and managers of high occupancy buildings are required to appoint a fire safety advisor in accordance with Building Fire Safety Regulations 2008 (BFSR). The BFSR requires the occupier of a high occupancy building to appoint a person who holds a current

Essential Fire Safety Measures Audit: Building Certifiers

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers provide a complete and independent essential fire safety measures audit and reporting service to suit clients' buildings. An essential fire safety measures audit enables property managers and building owners to have the assurance that their buildings are safe... (more)

Occupation Certificate: BASIX: Building Regulations: EPAR: Building Certifiers

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that the Building Professional Board states that if a development is subject to BASIX (under the building regulations) and a relevant BASIX certificate requires a certifying authority to monitor fulfilment of any of the commitments listed in the certificate, then, under clause 154B of

Councils Building Notices: Building Orders

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners that some local councils are undertaking a multi-tiered inspection process on existing buildings resulting in the issuing of a building notice. In adopting this approach they are able to detect illegal building works, change of occupancy or use, poorly maintained essential safety measures and dangerous buildings.

Final Inspection Certificate: Fire Safety Installations: Building Regulations

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers advises that when a building certifier issues a Final Inspection Certificate for a building Section 115 of the Building Act 1975 applies to a person who occupies the building. Section 115 Compliance with relevant Building Code of Australia and Queensland Development Code provisions for occupation and use of building,

Building Certifier: Accredited Certifier: Private Certifier

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise that property owners throughout New South Wales who are considering new building works, alterations to existing buildings or the sub-division of land will most likely require certificates under Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A). An accredited certifier/ private certifier/ building certifier can

Certificate of Occupancy: Occupancy Permit: Building Act 1993

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors provide in this article provides the basics behind the issuing of an occupancy permit (certificate of occupancy) for a building: The Building Act 1993, Building Regulations 2006 and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) all have a hand in determining what goes into an occupancy permit issued by

Energy Efficiency Compliance Audit: Building Act 2011: Building Regulations 2012

WA – HENDRY building surveyors provide an energy efficiency compliance audit service for commercial buildings, based on the deemed to satisfy provisions of the Building Code of Australia stemming from the Building Act 2011 and Building Regulations 2012. The energy efficiency requirements allow commercial and public buildings to achieve minimum

Approval Documents: QFRS: Fire Safety Installations: BFSR

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers alert building owners, occupiers and facility managers that the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is requesting approval documents during their regular fire safety installations auditing processes of occupied buildings. Most facility managers are now aware of the requirement to display the Certificate of Classification for

Building Permit Exemptions: Building Act 2011

WA – HENDRY building surveyors report that caution will need to be exercised when deciding if a building project may be considered as being exempt from needing a Building Permit, as per the provisions contained under Part 5 of the Building Act 2011 which allows for building permit exemptions. This

Building Act 2011: Certificates

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Act 2011 requires a suitably qualified building surveyor to provide certificates of compliance for three distinct scenarios of building work, a Certificate of Design Compliance, a Certificate of Construction Compliance and a Certificate of Building Compliance. A Certificate of Design Compliance

Premises Standards: Building Regulations

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that under the Building Regulations building owners and managers need to know that the Disability (Access to Premises - Buildings) Standards 2010 known as the Premises Standards made under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA), applied from 1 May 2011. They applied to every new building

Referral Authority Negotiation: Referral Agencies: Building Regulations

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers advise that the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 contains two schedules listing referral agencies, Schedule 7 Referral agencies and their Jurisdictions and Schedule 8 Special fire services and referral jurisdiction of Queensland Fire and Rescue Service for them. Representations to referral agencies must be handled professionally and

Construction Certificates: Accredited Certifier: EPAR: Building Regulations

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise building owners and managers of the need to know how to apply for and obtain under the Building Regulations for a construction certificate through an accredited certifier under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EPAR) before considering the appointment of consultants and contractors to perform services on their behalf.

Fire Safety Engineering: Alternative Solutions: Building Surveyors

ACT - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the deemed to satisfy requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) can often impose unnecessary building costs as a result of conservative provisions. The BCA is however, is a performance-based code and its performance requirements can be used in order to achieve

Building Approval Process: Building Certifier: Building Regulations

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers provide clients with a building approval for buildings ranging from minor works through to the construction of a multi-storey building under the Building Regulations. Some building approval development applications for building works, even for small properties, can be complicated and time consuming for a building

Interim Occupation Certificate: EPAR: EPAA: Building Regulations

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that the legal occupation of the whole building is given by the Final Occupation Certificate, while the occupation of a part of a building can be given by an Interim Occupation Certificate. Whichever is the case, it is important to be reminded there are

Confined Space Audits: Work Place Safety Assessors

AUST - Work Place Safety Assessors conduct Confined Space Audits for companies across industries such as Oil and Gas, Mining, Construction, Heavy Industrial and Utilities. Where working in confined space is required, Work Place Safety Assessors can assist employers, managers and workplace supervisors in the auditing (confined space), interpretation and

Fire Appliance: Safety Installations: Building Regulations: BCA

ACT - HENDRY building surveyors advise that under Building Regulations, fire appliances and safety installations must be maintained in accordance with the Emergencies Act 2004, Emergencies Regulations 2004 and the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Current Situation The Emergencies Act 2004 and Emergencies Regulation 2004 contain provisions for a person/ the owner

Tenants Lease: Building Works: Building Regulations

AUST -  HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners and managers that they run a high risk strategy if a tenant’s lease does not adequately protect the building owner when the tenant performs building works / "alterations” to their building, especially if the Municipal Building Surveyor becomes involved and enforces the Building Regulations with

EP&A Amendment Bill 2012: Building Certifiers

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill 2012 has passed though the NSW Parliament. It introduces changes to reduce bureaucratic red tape, tighten controls on accredited certifiers and make it easier to publish planning information… (more)

Authority Negotiation: QFRS: Building Regulations

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers advise that under Queensland Building Regulations in the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 contains two schedules listing referral agencies, Schedule 7 Referral agencies and their Jurisdictions and Schedule 8 Special fire services and referral jurisdiction of Queensland Fire and Rescue Service for them. Representations to referral agencies must

Building Act 1993: Building Regulations 2006: Protection of Adjoining Property

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that if you are a building owner, builder, developer or architect you may have already dealt with what is known as protection works or protection of adjoining property. The Building Regulations 2006 and Building Act 1993  adopt for the protection of the adjoining owner's building

FRNSW Alternative Solutions Process: EPAR

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that the Fire & Rescue NSW is changing to a ‘one-queue’ approach rather than working in dedicated work-type teams to deal with the assessment of alternative solutions. The queue will primarily be prioritised based on risk-to-life, legislative requirements and receipt date of request.

OHS Harmonisation: Work Place Safety Assessors

AUST – Work Place Safety Assessors advise that with new health and safety legislation now in force across a number of jurisdictions, it is important that businesses operating across state and territory borders take stock of the changing regulatory environment. Despite intentions for all jurisdictions to be up and running

OHS Harmonisation: Work Place Safety Assessors

AUST – Work Place Safety Assessors advise that with new health and safety legislation now in force across a number of jurisdictions, it is important that businesses operating across state and territory borders take stock of the changing regulatory environment. Despite intentions for all jurisdictions to be up and running

Budget Accommodation: Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR): Building Act 1975

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers advise budget accommodation building owners and managers that there are currently specific occupancy requirements in addition to standard requirements for commercial buildings under Queensland legislation (Building Act 1975) Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR) for fire safety management planning and fire safety generally. SUMMARY DEFINITION OF A BUDGET ACCOMMODATION

NSW – Building Audit: Final Fire Safety Certificate

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise that to perform a building audit on a building a final fire safety certificate must be obtained. This certificate must be  issued upon completion of the building works or changes of use by the owner of the building specifying that the essential fire safety measures have been

Pool Safety Laws: Queensland Development Code

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers remind owners, facility managers and body corporations that pool safety laws are enforced under the Queensland Development Code. A pool safety certificate must be issued by a licensed pool safety inspector when selling, buying or leasing a property with a pool under the Queensland Development Code.  These certificates are

OHS Harmonisation: Work Place Safety Assessors

AUST – Work Place Safety Assessors advise that with new health and safety legislation now in force across a number of jurisdictions, it is important that businesses operating across state and territory borders take stock of the changing regulatory environment. Despite intentions for all jurisdictions to be up and running by

Dangerous Goods Storage and Handling: Chemical Storage Audits

AUST – Work Place Safety Assessors advise that the Safety requirements under the new work health and safety (WHS) laws are broadly consistent with the previous legislation, but some changes may be needed in workplace systems and training, to meet obligations under the new laws. These new laws are based

Disability Access Audits

AUST - HENDRY Disability Access Consultants are experts in BCA Disability Access Audits leading to building approvals and building certifications. Our disability access audits are performed by our building certifiers, who are statutory registered across the whole of Australia to issue permits/approvals for all disability access code provisions contained in

Entertainment Venue: Places of Public Entertainment: Building Regulations

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers need to remind clients that NSW legislation was amended with the inclusion of the terminology “Entertainment Venue” to replace the previous “Place of Public Entertainment” (PoPE) terminology and the related PoPE licensing system under the building regulations. The intention of these (entertainment venue) amendments is

QLD – Building Audit: Fire Safety Installations Audit

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers provide a complete and independent fire safety installation audit and reporting service to suit client's buildings. A fire safety installation audit enables property managers and building owners to have the assurance that their buildings are safe, and meet their fire safety installation audit obligations under

New Penalties: Building Act 2011: Building Regulations 2012

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that new penalties apply for breaches of the Building Act 2011 and Building Regulations 2012, there will be substantial penalties for buildings that are built, occupied or used without the appropriate permits in place. The following penalties may be imposed: (a) For a first

Building Appeals Process: Building Regulations

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that in New South Wales, building legislation contains provisions that allow for an authority, namely the Land and Environment Court, to vary particular requirements of the building regulations and the Building Code of Australia (BCA)  in the case of existing building upgrades under the

Queensland Building Legislation: Building Act 1975: Building Regulation 2006

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise that a building owner, occupier or owner’s agent for a building inherits obligations under the Queensland Building Legislation (Building Act 1975,  Building Regulations 2006, QDC MP6.1 and Building Code of Australia - BCA) to ensure building works, alterations, occupation of a building and the

Tenants: Building Regulations: Building Permit

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that Occupiers of buildings typically want to change their tenancies by either altering the building or their partitioning layout, without obtaining a building permit under the building regulations. Depending on lease requirements pertinent to building regulations and planning control, occupiers must obtain the owner's/

NSW – BCA Audit: Pre-Sale Building Audit

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers were engaged by a building owner to prepare a BCA Audit (not a comprehensive BCA Audit) on a large office/factory premises. The purpose of an abridged BCA Audit was for the building owner to provide to potential purchasers of the premises a ‘BCA Audit’ listing major criteria

Due Diligence Audits: Building Act 2011: Building Regulations 2012

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that many clients have required our building surveyors to provide due diligence audits to establish answers to questions under the Building Act 2011, Building Regulations 2012 and the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Some due diligence audits questions to building surveyors are... (more)

Building Approval: Documentation Required: Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advises that the Building Act 1975 and Building Regulations 2006 by specific reference to referring authorities, Building Code of Australia (BCA) and Australian Standards, stipulates certain documents to be provided to a building certifier upon application for a building approval. Clients must be aware that the

SA – Disability Access Audits: Building Surveyors

SA - HENDRY building surveyors are experts in BCA Disability Access Audits leading to Building Rules Certification. Our disability access audits are performed by our building surveyors, who are statutory registered in South Australia to issue Building Rules Certification for all disability access code provisions contained in the Premises Standards

Fire & Rescue NSW: Building Regulations Charges

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise clients that the Fire & Rescue NSW has set charges for providing building regulations and Building Code of Australia (BCA) services such as an initial fire safety report, final fire safety report, attendance at meetings and general consultancy... (more)

Disability Access Implications for Building Owners and Tenants

AUST - HENDRY disability access consultants advise that recent moves to improve the commonality of the disability access provisions for buildings in the Building Code of Australia  (BCA) and the Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010 have substantially harmonised the BCA with the Disability Discrimination Act. As a result,

Alpine Building Standards: Building Regulations 2006

VIC – HENDRY building surveyors advise that commercial building owners and managers of older buildings in alpine resorts alpine building standards require that the installation of hard wired smoke detection which is mandatory for most classes of buildings under the Building Regulations 2006 found in alpine resorts or holiday destinations

Protection of Adjoining Property: Development Act 1993

SA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that since building work can adversely affect adjoining properties, SA’s Development Act requires the applicant to consider the protection of adjoining property before building work commences both above and below ground level. A number of steps usually have to be considered… (more)

Permit Search: Pre-purchase Appraisal: Building Regulations: Building Approval

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise that a building approval/ Development Permit Search is not always adequate for pre-purchase appraisal. We have noticed an increase in new purchasers that were unaware of incomplete building works that remained outstanding at the time of purchasing their new property. It is important that developers,

EPAR Exemptions: Fire Safety Provisions: Building Regulations

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise building owners and managers intending to alter their building should be aware of possible exemptions for compliance under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EPAR).  If any Category 3 fire safety provisions (essential fire safety measures) is considered to be unreasonable or unnecessary

Building Audit: Essential Safety Measures Audit

AUST - Essential Property Services advises that an essential safety measures audit must be undertaken by an auditor experienced in various types of essential safety measures audits covering all classes and types of buildings. An essential safety measures audit should only be undertaken by the auditor when they are conversant

Building Act 1993: Overview: Building Regulations 2006

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors provide some history to the formation of the Building Act 1993 and a beginner's insight to the main content features incorporated into the Building Act 1993 at the time of its proclamation with the Building Regulations. INTRODUCTION The Building Act 1993 provides powers for the

Disability Access: Aged Care Facility: Building Regulations

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that one of the major changes to impact on the Built Environment in recent times has been the improvements to the commonality of the disability access provisions for buildings in the building regulations, Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the Disability (Access to Premises

Title Boundaries: Essential Safety Measures Problems

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that construction of a building to the title boundary of an allotment under a building approval provides for the efficient use of a property but also provides the building owner with long term essential safety measures maintenance problems. Construction techniques exist that allow fire rating

Building Audit: Costing Assessment

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors  advise that the following is a part extract of a building audit and costing assessment performed for a client’s existing public building. The client required an assessment of the condition of the building along with costings to address specific issues and nominated maintenance requirements. This building

Final Inspection Certification: Mandatory Inspections: Building Regulations

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers advise that when issuing the building approval for building works under the building regulations, the building certifier will nominate the mandatory inspections to be performed leading to the issue of the Final Inspection Certificate. A record of these mandatory inspections is necessary to help the

Building Regulations: Building Code of Australia (BCA): Basic Concepts

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that Australia’s Building Regulations are principally a set of administrative provisions that call up the technical requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) by reference. The BCA cannot be read in isolation as it is the Building Regulations which amongst other things are

Building Audit: Pre-Lease Occupancy Audit

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors were engaged by a future tenant to provide a building audit/pre – lease occupancy audit encompassing regulatory issues such as the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Essential Safety Measures, Accessibility Audit (DDA), Risk and OH&S. The following is a part extract of the building audit, these parts

Building Audit or 100% Building Regulations Compliance

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners to ensure a building audit is performed prior to tenants commencing design plans to change their tenancy areas under the Building Regulations. Occupiers of buildings (mostly tenants) typically want to change their tenancies by either altering the building or their partitioning layout. Depending on

Self Assessable Development: Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise that the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 under Section 236 Self assessable development does not require a development permit for self assessable development. Although the owner is required to comply with applicable codes like, structural adequacy, size, volume and boundary set backs.  Owners should be

Planning Permit: Building Permit: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise designers, property developers and builders to be sure building permit/ construction certificate/ building approval documents remain consistent with planning permits/ approvals. Building surveyors checking documents for a building permit/ approval are required to ensure the building permit documentation complies with the planning permit/ development

Technical Due Diligence Audit: Building Audit

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors were engaged by a major institutional building owner to provide a technical due diligence audit encompassing a building audit. The technical due diligence audit covered regulatory issues such as the Building Code of Australia (BCA), Essential Safety Measures, Accessibility Audit (DDA), Risk and OH&S. The

Building Work: Building Act 1975: Building Regulations 2006

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers highlight the statutory responsibility of persons involved in minor fit outs in a building under the Building Regulations. Owners, occupiers, developers and builders are all accounted for in the extensive framework of Queensland building legislation such as the Building Act 1975, Building Regulations 2006 and

Building Act 1993: Occupancy Permit: Building Regulations

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that moving into a recently built house or apartment before an occupancy permit is issued is an offence under the Building Act 1993 and building regulations.  Occupants need to ensure they have an occupancy permit in hand issued by their building surveyor, otherwise they risk not only

Planning Permit: Building Permit

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise designers, property developers and builders to be sure building permit/construction certificate/building approval documents remain consistent with planning permits/approvals. Building surveyors checking documents for a building permit/ approval are required to ensure the building permit documentation complies with the planning permit/development approval in particular the

Building Disputes Resolution: Building Act 2011: Building Regulations 2011

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that along with the new Building Act 2011 and Building Regulations 2011 the new Building Services (Complaints Resolution and Administration) Act 2011 allows the Building Commission to replace the Building Disputes Tribunal with a modern widened dispute resolution process. In general a complaint under

Tenants Illegal Building Works: Building Regulations

AUST -  HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners and managers that they run a high risk strategy under the Building Regulations and Building Code of Australia if a tenant’s lease does not adequately protect the building owner when the tenant performs building works or alterations to their building, especially if the Municipal Building Surveyor

Building Audit: Fire Systems Functional Interface Test

AUST - Essential Property Services recently performed a Fire Systems Functional Interface Test (building audit) for an authorities building. The building audit was undertaken by relevantly qualified and experienced technicians. The testing is intended to prove and verify a functional interface of the fire systems and fire systems capacity to perform

The Process: Certificate of Classification

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers provide clients with a Certificate of Classification (form 11) upon the completion of building works stemming from a building approval. We see the need to provide an explanation of the process in obtaining a Certificate of Classification, or an Interim Certificate of Classification as a

Building Condition Audit: Building Audit

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors recently completed a building audit, (building condition audit) on an existing 2 story public building for the building owner. The building owners were gravely concerned with the condition of the ground storey floor boards and sub-floor structure. This part extract of our building condition audit provides

BCA Audit: Fire Safety Audit

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors were engaged by a major institutional owner of various buildings to update a BCA Audit (Building Code of Australia) and Fire Safety Audit previously performed by the Hendry Group a number of years earlier on two buildings. The BCA Audit and Fire Safety Audit revolve around

TAS – Building Audit: Due Diligence Audits: Building Surveyors

TAS - HENDRY building surveyors have provided many clients with due diligence audits to establish answers to questions under the Building Act 2000, Building Regulations 2004, Fire Services Act 1979, General Fire Regulations 2010, and the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Some due diligence audits questions to building surveyors are; What parts

Special Purpose Building: Building Audit

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors recently performed a building audit on a special purpose building for a client who was in a post construction dispute with the builder.  The following is an extract of a very extensive building audit.  Building owners and managers can view this building audit as a preclude

Occupancy Permit: Building Act 1993: Building Regulations 2006

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors provide in this article provides the basics behind the issuing of an occupancy permit (certificate of occupancy) for a building: The Building Act 1993, Building Regulations 2006 and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) all have a hand in determining what goes into an occupancy permit issued by

QFSR Auditing: Building Act 1975: BFSR: Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise owners, occupiers and facility managers of the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS), under the Building Act 1975 and the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (Building Regulations), are requesting approval documents during their regular fire safety auditing processes of occupied buildings. Most managers are

Building Services Authority (BSA): Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers have had many questions and confusion from building owners, property managers and facility managers with regard to their responsibilities and requirements for registration with the Building Services Authority.  The question to be answered is: Are you directly supervising or carrying out building work on your

Budget Accommodation: BFSR: Building Regulations: Building Act 1975

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise budget accommodation building owners and managers that there are currently specific occupancy requirements in addition to standard requirements for commercial buildings under Queensland building legislation (Building Act 1975) Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR) for fire safety management planning and fire safety generally. SUMMARY

BCA Audit, Building Owners and Insurance Companies

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that a building owner can have a false sense of security after an Insurance assessor has visited a building and provided a report / building audit for the renewal of a building’s insurance policy.  We have viewed ‘mini reports’ (purported to pass as a BCA

Building Act 1993: Building Regulations 2006 & BCA

VIC – HENDRY building surveyors provide the following brief overview of Victoria’s building control legislation and how it may affect you. Building control legislation consists of the Building Act 1993, Building Regulations 2006, and the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Legislation The Building Act 1993 provides powers for the regulation

Certificate of Classification: Building Act 1975: Building Regulations

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise building owners and managers of restrictions under the building regulations system contained in the Building Act 1975 relating to compliance with the certificate of classification for new buildings and works associated with alterations. Where a certificate of classification under the Building Act 1975 has

Illegal Occupation: Building Regulations: Building Permits

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that building owners and managers should be aware that at the completion of any significant alteration or refurbishment work under the building regulations and Building Code of Australia requiring a building permit or building approval, still requires final sign off as part of the approval process, that is Certificate of Occupancy / Certificate of

EPAA: EPAR: Building Regulations

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that some clients do not fully understand the various roles and responsibilities between certifying authority, consent authority, accredited certifiers and principal certifying authority with the Building Code of Australia, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPAA) and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation

BCA Building Audit: Foam Sandwich Panels

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise designers, developers, owners and facility managers that buildings assessed and approved under the Building Code of Australia (BCA) can still contain a risk of being destroyed by fire. A recent building audit (that included fire safety) undertaken highlighted the added risk of buildings that contain

NSW – Accredited Certifier: Construction Certificates: EPAR

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise building owners and property managers of the need to ensure that the construction certificate is available to the building surveyor prior to a due diligence audit or BCA Audit being performed on a building. This article explains the process to apply for and obtain a

Fire & Rescue NSW: Alternative Solutions: Building Regulations

NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that fire safety engineering & alternative solutions under the building regulations and Building Code of Australia can require Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) specific approval. The FRNSW alternative solutions process involves a number of stages which require separate applications for assessment. These stages can

BCA Audits: Building Surveyors: Building Audit

ACT - HENDRY building surveyors advise that since the Building Code of Australia does not apply to buildings retrospectively and is being continually revised and improved, building surveyors will advise most buildings in ACT do not comply with the current Building Code of Australia (BCA). A building surveyor's BCA Audit

Premises Standards: BCA 2012: Disability Access

AUST – HENDRY disability access consultants advise that the 2012 edition of the Building Code of Australia was adopted by the Commonwealth, States and Territories on the 1 May 2012. It has now been a whole year since the Access Code was incorporated into the BCA 2011 as part of

Forced Building Compliance: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners and managers need to be aware that a majority of buildings do not comply with the current  Building Code of Australia (BCA) or  building regulations. Each year various aspects of the BCA are enhanced or amended according to industry and community consultation

VIC – BCA Audit: Building Audit: Certificate of Final Inspection

VIC – HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners who request a building audit to be performed ensure that a Certificate of Final Inspection(s) for all previous building works is obtained prior to a building audit or BCA Audit being performed. The Building Act 1993, Building Regulations 2006 and the Building

Building Act 1993 – Accreditation of Building Products: Building Regulations

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Act 1993 Part 2 – Building Standards in Section 15 ‘Effect of accreditation’ for the accreditation of building products under the Building Code of Australia provides that the relevant building surveyor cannot refuse to approve building work on the grounds that any

NSW – Essential Fire Safety Measures Audit: Building Audit

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise that when performing a building audit known as an Essential Fire Safety Measures Audit that a fire safety schedule must have been issued when granting/ issuing a development consent, complying development certificate, construction certificate or a fire safety order. This fire safety schedule is

Exit Way Finding: Evacuation: Building Regulations

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advises that building owners, occupiers and certifiers who are either considering increasing an occupancy level under the Building Regulations in a building beyond normal allowable limits (pursuant to an approval situation), or who need to justify increasing exit travel distances, should consider (as part of a

VIC – Building Audit and Relevance of Occupancy Permit

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that building owners must understand the implications of an occupancy permit when performing a building audit. A building surveyor has a legal obligation to ensure that no harm to people or damage to property results from their actions. Liability for negligence therefore extends to the issue of occupancy

Building Act 1993: Building Notice: Building Order: Building Regulations 2006

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that a number of prospective clients approach us with problems associated with a Building Notice or Building Order issued under the Building Act 1993 for offences against the Building Regulations 2006. Clients whose buildings have undergone alternations without first obtaining the necessary building permit are

Building Disputes Resolution: Building Act 2011: Building Regulations 2012

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that along with the new Building Act 2011 and Building Regulations 2012 the new Building Services (Complaints Resolution and Administration) Act 2011 allows the Building Commission to replace the Building Disputes Tribunal with a modern widened dispute resolution process. In general a complaint under

Exit Signs: Emergency Lighting: AS 2293.1-2005: BCA

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) under Part E4 emergency lighting, exit signs and warning systems requires the installation (location) of exit signs to be in accordance with AS 2293.1-2005 Emergency escape lighting and exit signs for buildings – System design, installation and

Building Regulations: Building Code of Australia: Points of Legality

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the following points will help the reader of building regulations and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) to comprehend some basic points of legality when reading these statutory documents (Building Legislation). Building Regulations and BCA Where there is general provision which appears to be

ACT Building Legislation: Building Surveyors

ACT - HENDRY building surveyors advise that a building owner, occupier or owner's agent for a building inherits obligations under various statutory legislation to ensure building works, alterations, occupation of a building and the inspection, testing and maintenance of nominated fire appliance/ safety installations are complied with as required. The following

Building Act 1993: Building Regulations: Building Work

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Act 1993 contains provisions that allow for new building regulations applicable to building works to be dispensated in certain situations. A series of answers to questions best explains Section 10 Application of new building regulations to building work, under Part 2 –

Building Regulations 2012: Building Act 2011

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the draft Building Regulations 2012 to accompany the Building Act 2011 were released late November 2011. The Building Commission has sought feedback on the content of the draft Building Regulations 2012 from industry to assist in the finalisation of the regulations. The draft

QLD – QFRS: Approval Documents: Fire Safety Installations: BFSR

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers alert building owners, occupiers and facility managers that the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is requesting approval documents during their regular fire safety installations auditing processes of occupied buildings. Most facility managers are now aware of the requirement to display the Certificate of Classification for

Building Act 2011: Building Regulations 2012

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Act 2011 will come into operation in Western Australia on 2 April 2012. The Building Act 2011 sets out the process for building standards and ensuring these standards are met through a system of certifying compliance, granting building, demolition and occupancy

Building Commission – Building Regulations – Victoria’s Building Permit System

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that reforms further strengthen building permit system (Building Regulations) in Victoria.  The Building Commissioner, Tony Arnel, welcomed the findings of a Victorian Auditor-General's Office review of Victoria's building permit system, which examined the roles of the Building Commission and local government. “Victoria’s building control system is

QLD – Due Diligence Audits: Building Certifiers

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers have provided many clients with due diligence audits to establish answers to questions under the Building Act 1997, Sustainable Planning Act 2009, Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009, Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 and the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Some due diligence audits questions to building certifiers are:

Glazing Audits: Glazing Assessments

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors provide glazing audits/ glazing assessments for clients to establish compliance with local standards or nominated by the client for their existing building or portfolio of buildings. Occupational Health and Safety Legislation and Case Law highlight the necessity of building owners, property managers, facility managers and tenants

Essential Safety Provisions

SA - Essential Property Services advises that two types of regulatory provisions apply to determine the minimum maintenance and testing of safety installations commonly known as essential safety provisions.  These provisions are Regulation 76 of the Development Regulations 2008 and the Development Act 1993. Current Situation Development Regulations 2008 Part 12

WA Building Act 2011 Implementation

WA - HENDRY building surveyors advise the new Building Act 2011 that reforms the way building permits are managed in Western Australia will come into effect on 1 January 2012, following a series of consultations held around the State to engage with the building industry and local governments.

FMA Australia: HENDRY Disability Access Seminars

Disability Access - a HENDRY Building Surveyor's Perspective AUST - HENDRY disability access consultants have developed short and sharp seminar sessions to enable you to gain a practical insight on how the Disability Access provisions will impact on your existing building, especially if proposed alterations were to occur. Learn the circumstances under

Changes to Building Regulations for Bushfire Construction

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Amendment (Bushfire Construction) Regulations 2011 came into effect on 8 September 2011. These ongoing Regulations replace the interim Regulations made in March 2010 and implement permanent bushfire construction requirements across Victoria. The Building Commission will be conducting free seminars throughout October and November

Legislation Requirements For Adopting a New AS 1851

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise while the draft of the new Australian Standard AS 1851 Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment is currently open for public comment, building owners and managers need to be aware that the issue of the new version of AS 1851 does not automatically mean that

Building Act 2011 and Transitional Provisions

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the transitional provisions contained under Part 16 of the Building Act 2011 will allow for applications that have not been decided upon by the Local Government, and for approved building or demolition licences, to be considered at and after commencement day as follows:

Queensland Development Code – End of Trip Facilities

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers advise that according to a recent Building newsflash from Growth Management Queensland (via the Queensland Development Code), requirements for mandatory end-of-trip facilities (a component of the Queensland Government's Cleaner, Greener Buildings Initiative) have commenced on 26 November 2010. New building requirements have been prepared following extensive consultation with

Building Commissioning and the Building Surveyor

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors provide a look at the responsibility for overseeing and co-ordinating whole of building commissioning from a Building Surveyor’s perspective.  These are important issues from the point of view of the Building Surveyor as complex projects are always time consuming and can be difficult to sign off when design changes

NSW – BCA Audit: Egress & Fire Safety

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers provide the following part extract of a (BCA Audit - Egress & Fire Safety) Building Code of Australia audit on the egress and fire safety measures of a building. The client required an insight into these two areas because of the life safety issues raised by

Building Surveyor And A Building Licence

WA - HENDRY building surveyors advise that in November 2008 changes to the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1960 (the Act) and Building Regulations 1989 (the Regulations) became enforceable in connection with dealing with buildings that have been erected without a Building Licence on behalf of a local government (a Building Surveyor).

Ban Continues on Inefficient AC under Queensland Development Code

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers advise that installation of inefficient air conditioners in class I and 2 buildings was banned under the Queensland Development Code (QDC) Mandatory Part (MP) 4.1 Sustainable Buildings from September 2009. Inefficient air conditioners are defined as single phase or three-phase vapour-compression models with an energy efficiency rating

Development Permit Search – Pre-purchase appraisal

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers advise that a Development Permit Search is not always adequate for pre-purchase appraisal. Our Brisbane office has noticed an increase in new purchasers that were unaware of incomplete building works that remained outstanding at the time of purchasing their new property. It is important that developers, owners

Building Appeals and the State Administrative Tribunal

WA – HENDRY building surveyors advise that Western Australia’s building legislation contains provisions that allow for an authority (State Administrative Tribunal) to vary particular requirements of the regulations and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in the case of existing building upgrades. The building appeals, and modifications process can be a lengthy

Building Regulations 2006: Regulation 502 Combined Allotments And The Building Surveyor

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Regulations 2006 in regulation 502 provides a significant design advantage for a building owner where the ownership of two or more contiguous (adjourning) allotments are in the same name (ownership). Significant cost savings can be made by requesting the building surveyor to invoke regulation

Smoke Alarms And The Building Regulation 1989

WA - HENDRY building surveyors advise that property managers need to be advised that the amended Building Regulations 1989, under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1960 for Smoke alarms, require all homes leased, subject to sale or hire, to provide mains powered smoke alarms, which came into effect on the 1st

Occupiers Cause the Building Regulations to Apply 100%

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise that Occupiers of buildings (mostly tenants) typically want to change their tenancies by either altering the building or their partitioning layout. Depending on lease requirements pertinent to building regulation and planning control, occupiers must obtain the owner's/ manager's approval before applying for approvals, commencing work or

What are Construction Certificates under EPAR?

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise that although the term Construction Certificate has been around for a number of years, to some the term is not fully understood or appreciated. The importance of a Construction Certificate cannot be over stressed. A Construction Certificate, which can only be issued subsequent to an approved

Building Work under the Building Act 1975 and the Building Regulations 2006

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers highlight the statutory responsibility of persons involved in minor fitouts in a building.  Owners, occupiers, developers and builders are all accounted for in the extensive framework of Queensland building legislation such as the Building Act 1975, Building Regulations 2006 and the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.  Even

Interim Occupation Certificates under EPAR and EPAA

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise that the legal occupation of the whole building is given by the Final Occupation Certificate, while the occupation of a part of a building can be given by an Interim Occupation Certificate. Whichever is the case, it is important to be reminded and understand that there

The EPAA and Smoke Alarms for Moveable Dwellings

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise that the NSW Department of Planning have recently issued Building Regulation Advisory Note BS 11 001 to advise practitioners and the community of the new requirement to provide smoke alarms to all moveable dwellings. On the February 25, 2011, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979

Building Act 1993 and Occupancy Permit

VIC - Hendry advise that moving into a recently built house or apartment before an occupancy permit is issued is an offence under the Building Act 1993.  Occupants need to ensure they have an occupancy permit in hand issued by their building surveyor, otherwise they risk not only being prosecuted but

QFRS Auditing Under the Building Act 1975 and Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008

QLD - Hendry advise that owners, occupiers and facility managers need to know that the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS), under the Building Act 1975 and the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008, are requesting approval documents during their regular fire safety auditing processes of occupied buildings. Most managers are now

Disability Access (DDA) – Premises Standards webcast

AUST - Hendry advise that the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), in partnership with the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is presenting a webcast on the Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards (Premises Standards) under the Disability Discrimination Act. The webcast, which is based on the 2010 awareness seminars delivered

Accredited Certifier and Certifying Authorities

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise it is important for building owners and managers to know the accreditation status of the Accredited Certifier they are using for fit outs/ alterations and to understand the regulatory framework for private certification (Certifying Authority) in NSW, within which the Accredited Certifier must work. The Building

Certificate of Classification Compliance under the Building Act 1975

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers advise building owners and managers of changes to the Building Act 1975 enforceable from 1 May 2008 relating to compliance with restrictions placed on certificate of classification for new buildings and works associated with alterations. Where a certificate of classification under the Building Act 1975 has been

The New South Wales Building Appeals Process

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise that in NSW, building legislation contains provisions that allows for an authority, namely the Land and Environment Court, to vary particular requirements of the regulations and the Building Code of Australia (BCA)  in the case of existing building upgrades under the building appeals process. The Land

Building Services Authority (BSA) and Building Work

QLD - HENDRY building certifiers has had many questions and confusion from site supervisors and facility managers with regard to their responsibilities and requirements for registration with the Building Services Authority.  Are you directly supervising or carrying out building work on your site with a value more than $3300? If the answer

Places of Public Entertainment now Entertainment Venue

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers reminds clients that, effective from the 26 October 2009, NSW legislation was amended with the inclusion of the terminology “Entertainment Venue” to replace the previous “Place of Public Entertainment” (PoPE) terminology and the related PoPE licensing system. The intention of these (entertainment venue) amendments is to facilitate the

Subdivision Act 1988: Implied Easement: Building Regulations

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that Section 12 of the Subdivision Act 1988 imposes an implied easement rights over units on a particular plan of subdivision which the Building Regulations must allow for.  To invoke this right, the subdivision plan must invoke the Subdivision Act 1988 provision.  An implied easement is

Exemption from EPAR for Fire Safety Provisions

NSW - HENDRY building certifiers advise building owners and managers intending to alter their building should be aware of possible exemptions for compliance under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EPAR).  If any Category 3 fire safety provisions (essential fire safety installation) is considered to be unreasonable or unnecessary in the

Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations: Building Regulations

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that on 1 January 2010, the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 (PHWR) came into effect.  Included in the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009  are important changes concerning the regulation of cooling towers and warm water systems for the control of Legionella.  The Public Health and

Building Permit to be the same as the Planning Permit.

AUST - HENDRY building surveyors advise designers, property developers and builders to be sure building permit/license/approval documents remain consistent with planning permits/approvals. Building surveyors checking documents for a building permit/ approval are required to ensure the building permit documentation complies with the planning permit, in particular the endorsed plans issued by the

Fire Safety Upgrade of Existing Buildings Under the Building Regulations 1989

WA - HENDRY building surveyors advise that clients need to know about regulatory compliance of existing buildings.  Clients are continually asking "When does an existing building have to comply with the Building Regulations 1989?  This article describes the process of compliance for existing buildings. Building control legislation in Western Australia is currently

Building Licence Through to the Certificate of Classification

WA - HENDRY building surveyors advise that there are many myths and misunderstandings that arise from the "possession" of the Certificates of Classification document by architects, property owners, property managers and tenants under the Building Regulations 1989. This article endeavours to state the facts from the issuing of a building licence to

Building Surveyor Issuing a Building License and a Provisional Approval

WA - HENDRY building surveyors advise it is important for building owners and managers to know how to apply to a building surveyor for a building licence or Provisional Approval under the Building Regulations before considering the appointment of consultants and contractors to perform services on their behalf.  The following article will

Change of Use by a Building Surveyor Under the Building Regulation 1989

WA - Hendry advise building owners, developers and managers who are intending to change the use of a building, or part of a building, from one Class to another will need to observe the requirements of the Building Regulations 1989 and the Building Surveyor. A typical example of this is where