Learn more about enforcements
Building owners or owners corporations may receive one or more of the following documents if the use of cladding is considered a risk:
- Building Notice
- Building Order – Minor Works
- Building Order
- Emergency Order
A Building Notice starts the conversation between building owners and the Municipal Building Surveyor about what issues need to be addressed to make their building safer.
Representations from owners will be considered by the Municipal Building Surveyor before deciding whether to issue a Building Order or Building Order – Minor Work.
Possible scenarios for fixing the cladding on a building include:
- Complete replacement of combustible cladding with a suitable product.
- Partial replacement of combustible cladding around specific high-risk areas, such as balconies and exits.
- Other approved measures to prevent the spread of fire and ensure safe exit from the building. These may include actions such as installing or upgrading sprinkler systems and removing ignition sources.
Building Order – Minor Work
A Building Order – Minor Work may be issued by the Municipal Building Surveyor requiring works of a minor nature to be completed to reduce the risk of a fire. Examples include:
- Replacing standard doors with fire rated doors
- Upgrading a standard smoke alarm with an integrated alarm system for the entire building
- Establishing an alternative means of exiting the building
- Making additional fire extinguishers available throughout the building
- Ensuring essential safety measures such as fire hydrants and smoke alarms are tested and maintained.
A Building Order may be issued by the Municipal Building Surveyor after they have considered representations raised by the owner in response to the Building Notice.
The Building Order sets out the building work that needs to be completed and the date the works must be completed by. Once completed, the Municipal Building Surveyor will inspect the building works to assess compliance.
If the Municipal Building Surveyor is satisfied, the Building Order will be cancelled.
An Emergency Order requires things to be done quickly, with the aim of improving a building’s safety. Examples of actions in an Emergency Order include:
- Installing additional smoke alarms or clearing emergency exits
- Installing smoke seals on front doors of apartments
- Installing alarm signalling equipment to ensure fire indicator panels are linked to the fire brigade
- Turning off items that use electricity near combustible cladding
- Removing potential ignition sources from areas with combustible cladding.
- In extreme circumstances, emergency orders may require residents to evacuate the building.
For a handy fact sheet, see Building notices and orders (PDF, 511.3 KB)