Home renovation and building essentials
Carrying out building work can be an exciting and satisfying process. However, if you are doing any building or renovating work on your home, it is important to be informed about the building process.
There are laws and regulations you need to be aware of if you are doing domestic building work – for example, those covered by the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995, Building Act 1993 and the Building Regulations 2018.
For instance, if your project will cost more than $10,000 (including parts and labour) and involves structural work or two or more specific trade skills, you need to use a registered building practitioner for the work and enter into a major domestic building contract. If the contract price is more than $16,000, your builder will also need to provide domestic building insurance in most cases.
If your home was built before 1990, it is likely to contain asbestos. There are laws around who can remove and dispose of asbestos. To find out more, visit: asbestos.vic.gov.au
Explore this section to find out all the essential information about the building and renovating process:
- Engaging a builder
- Engaging a plumber
- Appointing a building surveyor
- Ending the employment of a private building surveyor
- Planning and building permits
- Landscaping – including decks, verandahs, walls, fences and paving.
- Plumbing compliance certificates
- Building contracts
- Insurance for building and plumbing works
- Protecting adjoining properties
- Energy efficiency requirements
- At the end of your building project