Building Interim Regulations 2017

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Building Interim Regulations 2017 come into operation on 4 June 2017, replacing the Building Regulations 2006 in substantially the same form. Minor amendments have been made to update references to legislation, planning schemes, government departments, the National Construction Code, and Australian Standards, and to reflect current drafting practice.

Australian Standards
References to Australian Standards in regulations 105, 607, 613, 707, 709 and 710 have been revised to reflect current drafting practice.

National Construction Code

Throughout the regulations, a reference to an 'alternative solution' has been changed to a 'performance solution', to reflect the current language of the NCC.

References to Planning Schemes updated

References to planning schemes have been updated to account for recent planning scheme amendments. 76 planning schemes that have applied the Residential Growth Zone, the General Residential Zone or the Neighbourhood Residential Zone are referenced. Where a planning scheme applies a schedule to the Mixed Use Zone or Township Zone, those zones are also specified.

Other changes

Transitional provisions provide for continuity between the operation of the Building Regulations 2006 and the Building Interim Regulations 2017.

References to legislation have been updated in regulations 105, 305, 801, 1003 and 1805, and in Form 8 in Schedule 2 to the Regulations. Notes to items 1 and 4 in Schedule 8 have also been updated.

There are also minor editorial changes that do not affect the operation of the regulations.

The government is now undertaking public consultation on the Building Regulations 2017 (the proposed Regulations). The Regulatory Impact Statement provides the basis for consultation about the preferred regulatory options, the proposed Regulations and other topics in the RIS.

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