Changes to your obligations under the Building Act - are you ready for 4 July?

Thursday June 30 2016

The Victorian Government has made changes to the VBA's powers and functions under the Building Act 1993. If you are a building practitioner, building surveyor or owner-builder, some of these changes may affect your obligations under the law.

The first set of changes comes into effect on 4 July 2016. They include:

  • the extension of the VBA's inspection powers to owner-built sites
  • new offences for undertaking work without a building permit
  • changes to powers to issue directions, notices and orders
  • a requirement on private building surveyors not to act where there is a conflict of interest
  • provision of a checklist for use by relevant building surveyors lodging building permits to councils

You can find all the information about how these changes relate to you by visiting the dedicated pages of the VBA website. Here you can find out more about:

  • how these changes relate to you as a building practitioner, building surveyor or owner-builder
  • when the changes come into effect
  • what will be different when the changes come into effect, and
  • any specific things that apply during the transition to the new laws.

Further changes will be introduced in stages until July 2017.

Look out for future special editions of VBA Mail advising you of updates to the information on our website.

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