Practice Notes: Categories A-B

Access

AC-01 Access to buildings for people with a disability UPDATED

This Practice Note provides guidance on the application of disability access requirements under the Building Regulations 2018.

The content below provides guidance on the following matters:

  • Buildings to which the provisions apply
  • Concessions
  • Compliance pathways
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AC-01 Access to buildings for people with a disability SUPERSEDED

Building Permits & other Exemptions

BP-01: When is a Building Permit Required (Updated)

This Practice Note provides guidance on when a building permit is not required for the proposed building work, and:

  • Requirement to obtain a building permit
  • Exemptions from the requirement to obtain a building permit

View superseded version (PDF, 291.77 KB)

View Practice Note

BP-02: Requirements for Amending a Building Permit (Updated)

This Practice Note provides guidance for building surveyors for amending a building permit in compliance with the Building Act 1993 and the Building Regulations 2018, and:

  • Power to amend a building permit
  • When an amendment to a building permit is appropriate
  • Recalculating the cost of the building work when amending a building permit
  • Considerations for planning permits
  • Protection of adjoining property and the public
  • Report and Consent
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BP-03: Building Projects with Multiple Building Permits (Updated)

This Practice Note provides guidance on the requirements for Relevant Building Surveyors (RBS) when multiple surveyors are appointed for different stages on the same building project to ensure compliance with the Building Act 1993 and the Building Regulations 2018, and:

  • Building projects with multiple building permits
  • Working with other building surveyors
  • Certificates of Final Inspection and Occupancy Permits
  • Essential safety measures
View Practice Note

BP-04: Issuing building permits prior to registration of plans of subdivision (Updated)

This Practice Note provides guidance on issuing a building permit for building work on an allotment, prior to the registration of the plan of subdivision, to ensure compliance with the Building Act 1993 and the Building Regulations 2018.

The content below provides guidance for:

  • Issuing a building permit prior to registration of plan of subdivision
  • Difference between certified and registered plan of subdivision
  • Subdivision process
  • Evidence of ownership of an allotment
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BP-05: Building Permit for a Stage of Building Work (Updated)

This Practice Note outlines the requirements in respect to an application for a building permit for a stage of building work in accordance with the Building Act 1993 (the Act) and the Building Regulations 2018 (the Regulations), and:

  • Application for a building permit for a stage of building work
  • Report and consent requirements
  • Calculating and paying the building permit levy
  • Documents lodged with the relevant council
  • Carrying out of building works
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BP-06: Building Permit and Planning Permit Consistency

This Practice Note provides guidance for Relevant Building Surveyors when implementing the requirements of section 24 of the Building Act 1993 (the Act), and:

  • Integration of building and planning permit systems
  • Importance of a planning scheme and planning permit Insert header here
  • Establishing whether a planning permit is required for proposed building work
  • Consistency between a building and planning permit
  • Inconsistency between the Regulations and a planning scheme (regulation 68)
  • When the RBS proposes to amend a building permit
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BP-07: Time limits for building work and lapsed building permits (Updated)

This Practice Note provides guidance on time limits for building work, extensions to building permits and lapsing of building permits to ensure compliance with the Building Act 1993 and the Building Regulations 2018.

The content below provides guidance for:

  • Time limits for building work
  • Extension of building permit
  • Notice of imminent lapse of building permit
  • Lapsed building permits
  • Building permit time limits administration procedures
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BP-08: Building Permits and Community Infrastructure Levies (Updated)

This Practice Note provides guidance for building surveyors on the requirements of section 24(5) of the Building Act 1993 (the Act).

The context below provide guidance for:

  • Understanding development contributions plans
  • Determine if a community infrastructure levy has been paid
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BP-09: Issuing of an Occupancy Permit

This Practice Note provides guidance on the requirements for issuing Occupancy Permits in compliance with the Building Act 1993 (the Act) and the Building Regulations 2018 (the Regulations), and:

  • The occupancy permit process
  • Conditions on occupancy permits
  • Duty of care when issuing an occupancy permit
  • Conducting the final inspection
  • Additional requirements
  • Exemptions
View Practice Note

BP-10: Places of Public Entertainment (Updated)

This Practice Note provides guidance on requirements for occupancy permits for places of public entertainment and prescribed temporary structures.

The content below provides guidance for:

  • Place of public entertainment (POPE)
  • Obtaining an occupancy permit for a POPE
  • Obtaining an occupancy permit for a prescribed temporary structure
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BP-11: Report and Consent (Updated)

This Practice Note provides the requirements for report and consent where building work may affect assets or infrastructure of service authorities, to comply with the Building Act 1993 and the Building Regulations 2018.

The content below provides guidance on:

  • Report and Consent
  • Who is defined as a reporting authority
  • When is a report and consent required
  • Building permit amendments and report and consent requirements
  • Occupancy permits and report and consent requirements
  • Fees and time limits
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Decisions on applications
  • Appeals
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BP-12: Exemptions from Compliance with Regulations

This Practice Note provides guidance to building surveyors and other practitioners about a building surveyor’s discretion to exempt building work or buildings from complying with the Building Act 1993 (the Act) and the Building Regulations 2018 (the Regulations) in certain circumstances, and:

  • Exemptions from compliance with Regulations
  • General principles
  • The application of new regulations to building work
  • Historic buildings and special buildings
  • Combined allotments
  • Change of use
  • Subdivision of existing buildings
  • Alterations to existing buildings
  • Alterations affecting exits and paths of travel
View Practice Note

BP-13: Specification of builders on a building permit

This Practice Note provides guidance on compliance with sections 24A and 24B of the Building Act 1993 (the Act), relating to the specification of builders on a building permit, and on section 25A of the Act, relating to notification of ending of the engagement of a builder.

The context below provides guidance on:

  • Building permit requirements
  • Section 24A – Further limitations checklist
  • Section 24B – Specification of builder checklist
  • Change of Builder – Notice of ending of engagement of builder and suspension of building permit
View Practice Note

BP-14: Cost of Works

This Practice Note is currently under review

Under Review

BP-15: Certificates of Compliance

This Practice Note provides guidance for a relevant building surveyor (RBS) when accepting and relying on a certificate of compliance under the Building Act 1993 (the Act) and the Building Regulations 2018 (the Regulations), and:

  • Issuing certificates of compliance
  • Reliance on a certificate of compliance
  • When certificates of compliance are not provided
  • Independent reviews
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Building Permits & other Exemptions

BP-01: When is a Building Permit Required UPDATED

This Practice Note provides guidance on when a building permit is not required for the proposed building work, and:

  • Requirement to obtain a building permit
  • Exemptions from the requirement to obtain a building permit

View superseded version (PDF, 291.77 KB)

View Practice Note

BP-02: Requirements for Amending a Building Permit UPDATED

This Practice Note provides guidance for building surveyors for amending a building permit in compliance with the Building Act 1993 and the Building Regulations 2018, and:

  • Power to amend a building permit
  • When an amendment to a building permit is appropriate
  • Recalculating the cost of the building work when amending a building permit
  • Considerations for planning permits
  • Protection of adjoining property and the public
  • Report and Consent
View Practice Note

BP-03: Building Projects with Multiple Building Permits UPDATED

This Practice Note provides guidance on the requirements for Relevant Building Surveyors (RBS) when multiple surveyors are appointed for different stages on the same building project to ensure compliance with the Building Act 1993 and the Building Regulations 2018, and:

  • Building projects with multiple building permits
  • Working with other building surveyors
  • Certificates of Final Inspection and Occupancy Permits
  • Essential safety measures
View Practice Note

BP-04: : Issuing Building Permits Prior to Registration of Plans of Subdivision

This Practice Note provides guidance on issuing a building permit for building work on an allotment, prior to the registration of the plan of subdivision, to ensure compliance with the Building Act 1993 (the Act) and the Building Regulations 2018 (the Regulations), and:

  • Issuing a building permit prior to registration of plan of subdivision
  • Difference between certified and registered plan of subdivision Insert header here
  • Subdivision process
  • Evidence of ownership of an allotment
View Practice Note

BP-05: Building Permit for a Stage of Building Work (Updated)

This Practice Note outlines the requirements in respect to an application for a building permit for a stage of building work in accordance with the Building Act 1993 (the Act) and the Building Regulations 2018 (the Regulations), and:

  • Application for a building permit for a stage of building work
  • Report and consent requirements
  • Calculating and paying the building permit levy
  • Documents lodged with the relevant council
  • Carrying out of building works
View Practice Note

BP-06: Building Permit and Planning Permit Consistency

This Practice Note provides guidance for Relevant Building Surveyors when implementing the requirements of section 24 of the Building Act 1993 (the Act), and:

  • Integration of building and planning permit systems
  • Importance of a planning scheme and planning permit Insert header here
  • Establishing whether a planning permit is required for proposed building work
  • Consistency between a building and planning permit
  • Inconsistency between the Regulations and a planning scheme (regulation 68)
  • When the RBS proposes to amend a building permit
View Practice Note

BP-07: Time Limits for Building Work and Lapsed Building Permits

This Practice Note provides guidance on time limits for building work, extensions to building permits and lapsing of building permits to ensure compliance with the Building Act 1993 (the Act) and the Building Regulations 2018 (the Regulations), and

  • Time limits for building work
  • Extension of building permit
  • Notice of imminent lapse of building permit
  • Lapsed building permits
  • Building permit time limits administration procedures
View Practice Note

BP-08: Building Permits and Community Infrastructure Levies

This Practice Note provides guidance for building surveyors on the requirements of section 24(5) of the Building Act 1993 (the Act), and:

  • Understanding development contributions plans
  • How to determine if a community infrastructure levy is payable
  • How to determine if a community infrastructure levy has been paid
View Practice Note

BP-09: Issuing of an Occupancy Permit

This Practice Note provides guidance on the requirements for issuing Occupancy Permits in compliance with the Building Act 1993 (the Act) and the Building Regulations 2018 (the Regulations), and:

  • The occupancy permit process
  • Conditions on occupancy permits
  • Duty of care when issuing an occupancy permit
  • Conducting the final inspection
  • Additional requirements
  • Exemptions
View Practice Note

BP-10: Places of Public Entertainment

This Practice Note specifies the requirements for places of public entertainment, and provides guidance on:

  • Place of public entertainment (POPE)
  • Obtaining an occupancy permit for a POPE
  • Obtaining an occupancy permit for a prescribed temporary structure
View Practice Note

BP-11: Report and Consent

This Practice Note specifies the requirements for report and consent where building work may affect assets or infrastructure of service authorities, to comply with the Building Act 1993 (the Act) and the Building Regulations 2018 (the Regulations), and provides guidance on:

  • Who is a reporting authority?
  • When is report and consent required?
  • Building permit amendments and report and consent requirements
  • Non-compliant building work
  • Occupancy permits and report and consent requirements
  • Fees and time limits
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Decisions on applications
  • Appeals
View Practice Note

BP-12: Exemptions from Compliance with Regulations

This Practice Note provides guidance to building surveyors and other practitioners about a building surveyor’s discretion to exempt building work or buildings from complying with the Building Act 1993 (the Act) and the Building Regulations 2018 (the Regulations) in certain circumstances, and:

  • Exemptions from compliance with Regulations
  • General principles
  • The application of new regulations to building work
  • Historic buildings and special buildings
  • Combined allotments
  • Change of use
  • Subdivision of existing buildings
  • Alterations to existing buildings
  • Alterations affecting exits and paths of travel
View Practice Note

BP-13: Specification of builders on a building permit

This Practice Note provides guidance on compliance with sections 24A and 24B of the Building Act 1993 (the Act), relating to the specification of builders on a building permit, and on section 25A of the Act, relating to notification of ending of the engagement of a builder.

The context below provides guidance on:

  • Building permit requirements
  • Section 24A – Further limitations checklist
  • Section 24B – Specification of builder checklist
  • Change of Builder – Notice of ending of engagement of builder and suspension of building permit
View Practice Note

BP-14: Cost of Works

This Practice Note is currently under review

Under Review

BP-15: Certificates of Compliance

This Practice Note provides guidance for a relevant building surveyor (RBS) when accepting and relying on a certificate of compliance under the Building Act 1993 (the Act) and the Building Regulations 2018 (the Regulations), and:

  • Issuing certificates of compliance
  • Reliance on a certificate of compliance
  • When certificates of compliance are not provided
  • Independent reviews
View Practice Note

BP-16: Building permit & Cladding rectification levy (New)

This Practice Note provides guidance on building permit and cladding rectification levy, payable by the applicant before their building permit is issued.

The content below provides guidance on:

  • Levy calculation
  • Applications for levy reimbursement
  • Levy reassessment
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Building in Bushfire Prone Areas

BF-01: Emergency Accommodation Buildings – Part 11A

This Practice Note provides guidance on Part 11A of the Regulations that sets out the requirements for emergency accommodation buildings, and:

The context below provides guidance for:

  • What are emergency accommodation buildings
  • Notification to be given to the relevant councils
  • Construction requirements
  • Exemptions from certain requirements
  • Offences
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Building Performance Solutions

PS-01: Documentation and Assessment

This Practice Note provides guidance on documenting and assessing performance solutions.  

The context below provides guidance on:

  • Documenting determination of performance solution
  • RBS relying on certificate of compliance
  • Certificate of Final Inspection and Occupancy Permits
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Building Surveyor Responsibilities (currently under Review)

This document is currently under review