Practice Note Categories P-Z

Protection Work

PW 01| Building above or below certain public facilities (Updated 20 April 23)

This Practice Note provides guidance on buildings above or below certain public facilities for compliance with the Building Act 1993 (the Act) and the Building Regulations 2018 (the Regulations), and:

  • Report and consent requirements
  • Other projection related regulations
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Superseded documents

These are Superseded Practice notes relating to PW 01 Building above or below certain public facilities

PW 02 | Protection Work Process (Issued 28 June 21)

This Practice Note provides guidance to building practitioners about the protection work process under Part 7 of the Building Act 1993 (the Act) and Division 1 of Part 7 of the Building Regulations 2018 (the Regulations), and:

  • Protection work - introduction
  • Distinction between protection work and building work
  • Entry on adjoining property
  • Responsibilities of the RBS in relation to protection work
  • Protection work notices
  • Independence of the RBS
  • Notice of determination under section 87 of the Act - Form 9
  • Requiring protection work after work has commenced
  • Other administrative responsibilities of the RBS
  • Dispute resolution relating to protection work
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PW 03 | Protection of the Public (Issued 28 June 21)

This Practice Note provides guidance to building practitioners on public protection requirements under the Building Act 1993 (the Act) and the Building Regulations 2018 (the Regulations), and:

  • Protection of the public
  • When are precautions required?
  • Relevant building surveyor’s responsibilities
  • What documentation should be provided to the RBS
  • Report and consent of council
  • Precautions where the building work is in an existing building
  • When do precautions need to be inspected
  • Administrative requirements for RBS
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Safety

PN 07 | Residential Fire Safety Systems (Updated 6 December 2023)

The purpose of this Practice Note is to provide guidance on the requirements for residential fire safety systems referenced in the Victoria Appendix (clause Vic H103.1) to the Building Code of Australia

The content below provides guidance on:

PART A – Residential Local Fire Alarm Systems

  • General requirements
  • Local fire indicator panel
  • Signal Isolation Interface Units
  • Wiring
  • System Testing
  • Maintenance
  • Training for Building Occupants

PART B: Connection of Residential Sprinkler system to a fire station or other approved monitoring service

  • System design
  • Connection to monitoring service
  • Indication at the fire indicator panel
  • Certificate of Acceptance
Current Practice Note

Superseded documents

These are Superseded Practice notes relating to PN-07 Residential Fire Safety Systems

PN 08 | Emergency Communication System (Issued June 18)

This Practice Note defines the requirements for emergency communication systems which may be used in Class 3 residential care buildings instead of a sound system and intercom system for emergency purposes (SSIS) complying with E4.9 of the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

The requirements of Vic H103.1 of the BCA must still be met. The system must also be designed to operate in conjunction with an alarm panel installed.

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Note - The Practice Note reference number changed from FS-01 to FS-02

FS-01: Service penetrations of fire rated and smoke-proof walls (Superseded Dec 22)

The purpose of this Practice Note is to provide guidance on the selection and installation of service penetrations through fire-rated and smoke-proof walls, floors and ceilings which must resist the spread of fire within a building.

Superseded Dec 22

FS 02 | Service penetrations of fire rated and smoke-proof walls (Updated 30 March 23)

The purpose of this Practice Note is to provide guidance on the selection and installation of service penetrations through fire-rated and smoke-proof walls, floors and ceilings which must resist the spread of fire within a building.

The content below provides guidance on:

  • Service penetrations through fire-rated and smoke-proof walls, floors and ceilings
  • Regulatory requirements for building service penetrations
  • Service penetration installation checklist
  • Common types of service penetration products
Current Practice Note

Superseded documents

These are Superseded Practice notes relating to FS 02 Service penetrations of fire rated and smoke-proof walls

Siting

SI 02 | Building Envelopes (Issued December 2021)

This Practice Note explains the correlation of Regulation 71 and siting requirements of Part 5 of the Building Regulations 2018.

The context below provides guidance on:

  • Approved building envelope and Part 5 of the Regulations
  • What is an ‘approved building envelope’
  • Existing building envelopes
  • Assessing a building permit application where there is an approved building envelope
  • Adjoining allotments not part of the same agreement or plan of subdivision
  • What if the application complies with the Regulations but not the approved building envelope?
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PN-47 | Siting of single dwellings, associated buildings and fences

This Practice Note is currently under review.

Under review

Stormwater Drainage

SD 01 | Stormwater drainage systems (Updated 24 April 23)

This Practice Note provides guidance on complying with the stormwater drainage requirements under the Building Act 1993 and the Building Regulations 2018, and :

  • General requirements
  • Design compliance
  • Other related matters
Current Practice Note

Superseded documents

These are Superseded Practice notes relating to SD 01 Stormwater drainage systems

Swimming Pools

SP 01 | Swimming pool standards and safety requirements (Updated 27 April 23)

The purpose of this Practice Note is to provide guidance on swimming pool standards and safety requirements which must be adhered to ensure public safety, and:

  • Building standards
  • Swimming pool barrier requirements
  • Building permit requirements
  • Inspection of building works and testing requirements
Current Practice Note

Superseded documents

These are Superseded Practice notes relating to SP 01 Swimming pool standards and safety requirements

SP 02 | Swimming pool barriers and other requirements (Updated 26 Sep 2023)

The purpose of this Practice Note is to provide guidance and technical advice on the design and construction of swimming pool safety barriers and additional NCC compliance requirements for swimming pools, and:

  • Swimming pool barriers
  • Barrier design considerations
  • Outdoor swimming pools
  • Energy efficiency
  • Plumbing work
  • Electrical considerations
Current Practice Note

Superseded documents

These are Superseded Practice notes relating to SP 02 | Swimming pool barriers and other requirements

Swimming Pool Checklist 1 (for pools and spas installed before 8 April 1991)

Swimming Pool Checklist 2 (for pools and spas installed between 8 April 1991 and 30 April 2010)

Swimming Pool Checklist 3 (for pools and spas installed from 1 May 2010)

Swimming Pool Requirements: Council and Practitioner Guide

This guide is for municipal councils and practitioners to clarify their responsibilities under the building legislation in relation to swimming pool and spa safety. It is not a substitute for the relevant legislation.

Amendments to the Building Act 1993 which commenced on 1 December 2019 have introduced requirements for councils to establish and maintain a register of swimming pools and spas in their municipality and be the gatekeeper for compliance of safety barriers. Following amendments introduced by the Building Amendment (Swimming Pool and Spa) Regulations 2019, the Building Regulations 2018 now includes Part 9A which consolidates swimming pool and spa safety requirements (swimming pools built before 8 April 1991, maintenance and operation of barriers, registration, inspection and certification requirements).

Last updated January 2021

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