Residential Developments

Residential developments play a fundamental role in providing safe and comfortable living spaces for individuals and families across Australia. These structures are subject to stringent regulations outlined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) – a comprehensive set of guidelines governing the design, construction, and maintenance of buildings in the country. Compliance with the BCA is crucial to ensure the safety, functionality, and longevity of residential buildings.

The Building Code of Australia classifies residential buildings as structures intended for long-term accommodation. These buildings consist of one or more dwellings, catering to the housing needs of individuals, families, or communal living arrangements. Dwellings within residential buildings are self-contained units, equipped with essential amenities like cooking facilities and bathing/shower fixtures, designed for comfortable and sustained occupancy.

Safety Regulations for Residential Developments

The Building Code of Australia places significant emphasis on safety measures to protect occupants of residential buildings. These regulations encompass various aspects, including:

  • Fire Safety: Residential buildings must be designed and constructed to mitigate fire risks and ensure quick and safe evacuation in case of emergencies. This includes the installation of fire-resistant materials, fire alarms, smoke detectors, and proper fire exits.
  • Structural Integrity: Compliance with the BCA ensures that residential buildings are structurally sound and able to withstand various environmental factors, such as wind, earthquakes, and other forces.
  • Accessibility: Residential buildings must be designed with accessibility in mind, ensuring that people with disabilities can access and navigate the premises without hindrance. This includes features like wheelchair ramps, handrails, and accessible bathrooms.
  • Energy Efficiency: The BCA encourages energy-efficient design and construction practices to reduce environmental impact and lower energy consumption in residential buildings.

Types of Residential Developments

New Dwellings refer to the construction of brand new residential buildings intended for long-term accommodation. These structures can include single-family homes or apartments and are designed to meet modern living standards, incorporating essential amenities and safety features.

Multi Units and Townhouses represent residential building developments consisting of multiple self-contained units or townhouses within the same building or complex. These developments cater to a larger number of residents while maintaining individual living spaces and may share common areas or facilities.

Dual Occupancies involve the creation of two separate dwellings on a single residential property. Typically, these developments consist of two houses or attached units, each with its own entrance and utilities, providing an opportunity for extended families or rental opportunities.

Alterations and Additions to Dwellings encompass modifications made to existing residential structures to enhance functionality, aesthetics, or adapt to changing needs. These may include interior renovations, extensions, or improvements while adhering to relevant building codes and regulations.

Secondary Dwellings, commonly known as Granny Flats, refer to separate self-contained units built on the same property as the primary residence. These smaller living spaces are intended to accommodate relatives, elderly family members, or offer rental opportunities.

This category includes the construction of residential swimming pools and spas, as well as the installation of appropriate fencing to ensure safety compliance. Additionally, it involves the creation of retaining walls to manage the slope of the land and prevent soil erosion.

This diverse category encompasses various residential additions and structures designed to enhance comfort and functionality. It includes the construction of garages, sheds, and carports for vehicle storage, as well as outdoor spaces like cabanas, decks, patios, pergolas, and awnings for leisure and entertainment purposes.

Demolition Work refers to the systematic dismantling or removal of existing residential structures or parts of buildings to prepare the site for new construction or renovation. It involves careful planning and adherence to safety protocols to ensure safe and efficient building removal.

The Process

Buildcert’s Process means you get the best service, every time. We pride ourselves on adding value and exceeding our client’s expectations at every stage of your developments, from start to finish.

Stage 1 – Quote and Initial Review

Submit your project details and our team will review them and send you a quote. Once you receive the quote, simply fill out the Application Forms provided and return them via email to proceed with the acceptance process.

Stage 2 – Approval

Within 3-5 business days of your request, a Request For Information (RFI) will be issued to you. Once you have provided all the necessary RFI items, your Construction Certificate or Complying Development Certificate will be issued, providing you with the green light to proceed with your project.

Stage 3 – Construction and Inspection

Make sure to carefully review your Approval for any conditions. Your Approval documentation will also provide a list of Mandatory Inspections that need to be booked during construction. Once your works are complete, you can schedule a Final Inspection. Upon compliance, an Occupation Certificate will be issued, marking the successful completion of your project.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions from our customers relating to building approvals and building certification. If you can’t find an answer to your question, please call us on 07 3155 5800 and one of our friendly staff will be able to help.

Once your plans have been assessed and approved by the certifier you can begin construction.

Yes, just view our basic site plan with all required information we need to review your design.

If your structure is compliant with council’s planning scheme, the certifier will be able to approve your structure without council approval.

Sometimes it is possible to build your structure on the boundary, however a site specific review would be required to confirm.

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