What is the relevant regulation relating to building compliance in NSW?

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 specifies the types of approvals that are required to undertake building work in NSW, and the matters that must be satisfied as part of those approvals.

Which level of government regulates building regulations?

State and territory governments regulate building and construction activities.

When were building regulations certificates first issued?

Completion certificates were introduced for building regulations applications in the late-1980s and 1990s. Even then however, solicitors generally did not consider building regulations approvals in property searches during conveyancing, particularly if alterations were more than 12 months old.

When did building regulations become a requirement?

The first set of national building standards were introduced in the Building Regulations 1965. These were a set of prescriptive standards that had to be followed. The Building Act 1984 brought fundamental changes to the building regulations regime.

Do old buildings have to comply with new building regulations?

The regulations apply to new construction work, and do not require that existing buildings are brought up to standard. However, where new work is being carried out to existing buildings, such as alterations, extensions, loft conversions, window replacement, insulation and so on the regulations do apply.

How long can building regulations be enforced?

This has a life span of 12 months from the date of completion of the building work subject to some defences regarding the work if it has been in accordance with a full plans application approved or not rejected by the local authority.

Which government department is responsible for building regulations?

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Building regulations. Planning permission. Planning policy.

Who regulates the building industry in NSW?

David Chandler OAM was appointed NSW Building Commissioner in 2019 after an impressive forty-year career in the Australian construction industry.

Who administers the Building Act?

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.

What are the 3 levels of government in Australia responsible for?

Almost everywhere you live in Australia you will have three elected governments – Federal, State (or Territory) and Local. Each of these levels of government has its own powers, responsibilities and services and each of them is elected by the people they provide government for.

Are building regulations enforceable after 10 years?

Despite the fact that there is no time limit on the local authority’s right to apply for an injunction, it is generally accepted that if 10 years or more have passed since the work was carried out then there is no serious risk of action fro breach of building regulations being taken.