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VBA issues order for fire safety danger

Thursday, 13 February 2014

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has issued an emergency order in response to safety concerns for a property in Brunswick.

The VBA issued the order on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 after investigating the three-storey building in Victoria Street, which includes a factory and warehouse. VBA's Acting Director Compliance and Performance Murray Smith said the investigation found several issues with the building.

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Victorian Government announces reforms for Building and Construction

Friday, 10 January 2014

The Victorian Coalition Government has announced 36 red tape cutting reforms to boost productivity and reduce costs for Victorian businesses. 

Of the 36 reforms roof plumbing, building complaints, wall height, builders' defects in commercial buildings, wall setback, testing of geosynthetic products, caravan annex construction and building permit signing reforms have relevance to builders and plumbers.

For more information view the Red tape reduced: Victorian Coalition Government announces 36 red tape reforms media release.

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Building regulation amendments to boundary walls

Friday, 20 December 2013

Amendments have been made to the minimum setback and average height standards for boundary walls not requiring a planning permit.

The average height of a boundary wall allowed without a planning permit will be increased from 3.0 to 3.2 metres under the reform. The maximum height of boundary walls is unchanged at 3.6 metres. Neighbours will be notified of any application to exceed boundary wall average or maximum heights, as per existing requirements.

Find out more about the amendments or read them in full.

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