Victoria Building Regulations

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors advise that a building owner, occupier or owner’s agent for a building inherits obligations under various statutory Victoria Building Legislation (including the Building Act 1993) to ensure building works (under a building permit), alteration, occupation of a building and the inspection, testing and maintenance of nominated essential safety measures are complied with as required… (more) Fire Safety Compliance: Essential Safety… Read more

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 – Building Standards. Building owners and designers should consider the following… Read more

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. Building Act 1993 part extract of Section 28 follows: 28 Historic… Read more

Occupancy Permit: Building Act: Building Regulations

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 the Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2006. Failure to attend to these matters prior to the issue… Read more

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 to invoke Regulation 502 – Combined allotments, thus not invoking full compliance with all the provisions of the Building Code of… Read more

Occupancy Permit: Building Act 1993: Building Regulations 2006

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 being prosecuted via a building order but also their safety. An ”occupancy permit is a document that signifies a building… Read more

Certificate of Final Inspection: Buildint Act 1993: Building Regulations 2006

VIC - HENDRY building surveyors provide 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 the certificate of final inspection issued by the building surveyor. What is a certificate of final inspection? A… Read more