A Report and Consent is a variation to the Building Regulations. When an aspect of your building is contrary to Part 5 of the Building Regulations you may apply to the local Council to have your building approved without complying with the relevant clauses of the Building Regulations.
Report and Consent is required where your property is within an area that Council deem to be subject to flooding, special building overlay, not within a sewered area or when you are extending or projecting your building over an easement and or occupying the footpath. As soon as you are building within these areas you need Report and Consent from the relevant Council.
A Part 5 assessment is a review of the architectural drawings carried out by one of our trained technical staff which assesses your building design against the siting provisions of the Building Regulations. The benefit of a Part 5 assessment is that you will be notified of any potential issues which you may have with respect to the location of your building on your allotment prior to the preparation of final documents or even worse, at building permit stage. This prevents unnecessary delays when trying to obtain your building permit.
Illegal building works are building works which have been carried out without first having obtained a Building Permit. In such circumstances where Council has been made aware of the non-compliance, the Council will issue a Building Notice or Building Order to show cause why the works should not be demolished. At which point you will need to engage a Building Surveyor to determine if your illegally built structure is compliant or what works are required to be carried out in order to make the structure compliant.
When property is bought and sold it is necessary for information to be provided from the vendor (seller) to the purchaser. Information is often sourced from Council through the conveyancing services of solicitors dealing with the paperwork involved in buying and selling property.
Certification of a pool barrier is required where a pool or spa safety barrier has been constructed without a building permit, or where evidence is required in order to ensure that an existing safety barrier meets current code requirements. We can inspect barriers and issue a certification letter to Council stating all works have been constructed in accordance with the relevant codes and standards.
If you are over dealing with Building Surveyor’s requests for further information or if you simply don’t have the time to deal with this time consuming process, we can take the pain away from you.
We are offering a new service in the industry where we will act as your agent in making an application for building permit with a Private Building Surveying company or through your Municipal Building Surveyor.
A Performance Solution is an alternative way of complying with the Building Code of Australia (NCC).
The NCC is a performance based code. One demonstrates compliance with the performance requirements by either complying with the prescriptive (deemed to satisfy) provisions of the Building Code, or by the preparation of a performance solution. The Performance Solution may differ in whole or in part from the Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions, but will still meet the Performance Requirements as long as it can be successfully demonstrated how this will be achieved.
The Building Appeals Board (BAB) is an independent statutory body established under the Building Act 1993.
The BAB is empowered to determine any matter relating to the Building Regulations 2018 (the Regulations), the Building Code of Australia 2006 and specified provisions of the Building Act 1993 (the Act).
The BAB hears appeals and disputes in relation to building control matters and can waive, modify or vary the provisions of particular regulations based upon the particular case. Furthermore, the BAB can determine that a particular design or element of a building complies with the Act and the Regulations.
Pre-development advice is where we provide building regulatory advice specifically for designers and developers. We work alongside your design team, including the Relevant Building Surveyor (RBS) to ensure that you have a smooth transition from prestart to construction. In Victoria, an RBS is not permitted to provide design advice. It is therefore critical for major projects to have a design Building Surveyor as well as a certifying building surveyor.