Owner Builder – New Building Act Changes from 4th July 2016
New Building Act Changes from 4th July 2016
New changes will come into effect for all building in Victoria from July 4th 2016. Whilst here has been a range of information leaking into the industry like all government act’s these come into effect regardless of consequence once released.
If planning to prepare yourself for a project particularly if an “owner builder” then ensure you read these new changes.
There’s good and bad and quite a few items to digest but two standouts are:
Consent level raised from $12,000 to $16,000 when you need to get VBA consent to be an owner builder of your project. This will allow a reasonable small project to be considered prior to VBA approval being required.
Owner Builders are on notice their projects will have the same scrutiny and inspections as any builder. So preparation, site conditions and have the correct compliant trades never been more important.
Higher level of Permit review with significant requirements on Surveyors to ensure they have all the correct documentation to enable them issue and administer a building permit.
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Building Act changes that may affect you
The Victorian Government has made changes to the VBA’s powers and functions under the Building Act 1993. Some of these changes may affect your obligations under the law.
You can find all the information about how these changes relate to your work as a building practitioner generally, owner builder or a building surveyor specifically, by visiting the dedicated pages of the VBA website.
The first set of changes comes into effect on 4 July 2016. They include:
Further changes will be introduced in stages until July 2017.