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Don't move in without an occupancy permit

Friday, 14 March 2014

The Victorian Building Authority warns home and apartment owners they cannot move into a new home or apartment without an occupancy permit.

Victorian building regulations require an occupancy permit for all new homes, units and apartments.

VBA Chief Executive Officer Prue Digby said that an occupancy permit is important as it says that your home or residence is safe to enter.

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Unpaid building permit levies - VBA acts

Friday, 7 March 2014

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has launched legal proceedings against a building surveyor who owes more than $38,000 in unpaid building permit levies.

The building surveyor failed to pass on to the VBA the levies from building permits he issued in 2013. Under the Building Act 1993 (the Act), each month building surveyors must provide the VBA with a report of the building permits they have issued, and forward the levy payments for the permits.

The VBA's Compliance and Performance Acting Director, Murray Smith, said the building surveyor has been referred to the Building Practitioners Board for an inquiry into his conduct as a result of not complying with the Act and Building Regulations 2006 (the Regulations).

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Revision to Walkways, Ladders and Platforms Standard

Friday, 7 March 2014

AS 1657 has been revised and the new 2013 version will be referenced in the National Construction Code (NCC) on 1 May 2014

This revision is more reflective of the changes within the industry and seeks to align current Work Health Safety (WHS) regulations and the NCC.

The new edition:

  • Covers single stile ladders;
  • Addresses access to roofs;
  • Removes references to the regulatory authority;
  • Covers a broader scope of testing products and more complete test methods;
  • Introduced the testing of a wider range of products for use when proof of performance is required.

The Standard is available on the SAI global web site:

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Charges laid for illegal building and plumbing work

Friday, 28 February 2014

A cabinet maker has been fined after the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) prosecuted him for carrying out building and plumbing work without being a registered builder or a registered or licensed plumber.

The man from Melbourne's northern suburbs was hired to build a pergola and deck at a property in Kilmore in April 2012. He provided a verbal quote of more than $16,000 for the work and material, which included installing roofing, gutters and a downpipe.

After investigating the matter, the VBA charged the man with carrying out work unregistered and without a building permit. Furthermore, he did not provide a written contract and did not have the required.  The man was also charged with carrying out plumbing work, including installing roofing, gutters and downpipes, without being a licensed plumber. He appeared in the Broadmeadows Magistrate's Court on 5 February 2014, where he was fined $2000 and ordered to pay costs of more than $170.

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