All residential building work involving a new home or a renovation to a new home requires a building approval. A building approval must be obtained before any building work can start. Getting building approval normally involves plans and details being given to council, or a private building survey. The information provided generally includes a detailed plan of how the home will be built, the technical details of the construction (including all the materials to be used), and which Building Code of Australia requirements (BCA) will need to be met.
The introduction of new development reforms to create more affordable housing and investment opportunities across NSW has renewed interest in secondary dwellings, commonly known as granny flats. You will require building approval for your secondary dwelling project where there are two ways to gain this approval. You can lodge a full Development Application (DA) with your local council which is a process that can generally take a number of months. A Construction Certificate (CC) can then be issued by Council or a Private Certifier before construction can commence.
The NSW Government has committed to delivering more diverse housing to meet the needs of a growing and changing population. It is also committed to promoting more ‘missing middle’ development, such as low-rise dual occupancies, manor houses and terraces as complying development in 2018. A number of council’s were given an extension at the time this was introduced as they were opposed to some content and raised concerns.
On 5 June 2020, the federal government announced an extraordinary scheme to stimulate the economy by giving people $25,000 to renovate their homes or build a new house. These grants are available for renovation works that cost between $150,000 and $750,000 and for new homes valued at less than $750,000. Renovations must improve the ‘liveability’ of the home, meaning that external non-essentials such as: swimming pools, tennis courts, outdoor spas and saunas, and detached sheds or garages do not meet the criteria.
The federal government has today announced it will be offering Australians $25,000 grants to build a new home or undertake substantial home renovation projects in an effort to boost the economy and to assist the housing sector. The $688 million HomeBuilder package will be available to owner occupiers who enter a contract to start building or substantially renovating their property between 4 June and 31 December 2020.
At Buildcert, our highest priority is the health and wellbeing of our people, our clients and our communities. Given the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its declaration by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a global health pandemic, Buildcert has implemented safeguards that meet the official Australian Government COVID-19 guidelines to ensure we are minimising any risk during the COVID-19 outbreak.
We are excited to announce that due to continued growth, Buildcert’s Newcastle team are moving to our newly refurbished building in Wickham. We will close our Beresfield office on Friday, 6th December at 5:00pm and will re-open at our new Wickham office on Monday, 9th December at 8:30am. Please update your records with our new office address: 104 Hannell Street, Wickham, NSW 2293
There is little understanding of the statutory role and responsibilities of Accredited Certifiers. This document addresses the major myths surrounding certification in NSW. Myth 1 – Accredited Certifiers supervise building work and act as a clerk of works. Accredited Certifiers do not check that tiles are laid square or that paint is applied properly or that doors swing without creaking or rubbing.
The 2019 edition of the National Construction Code (which incorporates the Building Code of Australia and Plumbing Code of Australia) commenced 1 May 2019, signifying the NCC 2019 is given legal effect by relevant legislation in each State and Territory. Applications for a Construction Certificate or Complying Development Certificate lodged with the certifying authority on or after 1 May 2019 will need to be assessed against NCC 2019.
The Association of Accredited Certifiers (AAC) has welcomed the release of the Engineers’ Report into the Opal Tower construction issues. The report vindicates accredited certifiers, finding no accredited certifiers are at fault regarding the issues with Opal Tower. “While it was not within the scope of our review to look closely at the certifications that took place on the Opal Tower, we found no evidence that the building certifiers had been deficient in regards to statutory expectations.”