2016 Changes to the Building Act 1993
Every year we find adjustment changes to varies matters now under the control via Victorian Building Authority for Building Act and associated entities such as Plumbing, Architectural, Owners Builders and more.
As the VBA web site states “Changes have been made to the VBA’s powers and functions under the Building Act 1993. Some of these changes may affect your rights and duties under the law.”
This section of the VBA website holds information about:
- how these changes relate to you as a building practitioner, building surveyor or owner-builder
- when the changes come into effect
- what will be different when the changes come into effect, and
- any specific things that apply during the transition to the new laws.
The link will take you to main site whereby you may web surf to area of most interest to you. Follow the Changes to Building Act 1993.
Owner Builders –
Owner Builders will now need to better realise the issues of “being the owner builder” as the rules are the same for all and the playing field will be inspected regularly.
This will make being an owner builder more of a chore, cost will rise significantly and especially for those real small projects such as a verandah and deck. The current status is one rule for all so all building and small project documentation and requirements now the same totally as a new dwelling.
One good change is the need to get VBA consent has risen to $16,000. This amount to me remains to low for both owner builder consent requirement plus also for need to get Home Owners Warranty Insurance. Both should be more around $25,000 so the small “addon” building ie:class 10b, is not over burdened by cost and regulation.
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