Building Approval Inspections
The Decision Notice also identifies the Stages at which inspections are to be carried out during the building process. Under the Building Regulation 2006, certain inspections are mandatory for Class 1a buildings (detached houses, one or a group of two or more attached dwellings each being a building separated by a fire resisting wall, including a row house, terrace house, town house or villa unit) and Class 10 buildings and structures - a non habitable building or structure being Class 10 non habitable building being a private garage, carport, shed or the like or Class 10b - a structure being a fence, mast antenna, retaining wall or free-standing wall, swimming pool or the like.
The mandatory inspections are:
If the work is the construction of a single detached class 1a building, the stages also include:
- After excavation of foundation material and before the footings for the building are laid; and
- If the building is to have a slab-after the placement of formwork and steel for the slab but before the concrete for the slab is poured; and
- To the extent the bracing for the frame of the building consists of cladding or lining-after the cladding or lining has been fixed to the frame; and
- To the extent the bracing for the frame of the building does not consist of cladding or lining-before the cladding or lining is fixed to the frame; and
- If reinforced masonry construction is used for the frame of the building-before the wall cavities are filled; and
- At the completion of all aspects of the work.
If the work is an alteration to a single detached class 1a building, the stages also include each stage mentioned in subsection (3) that is relevant to the alteration.
If the work is the construction of, or an alteration to a class 10 building or structure, other than a swimming pool, the stages also include at the completion of the building or structure or the alteration.
If the work is the construction of, or an alteration to a swimming pool, the stages also include at the completion of the pool and its fencing and before the pool is filled with water to a depth of 300mm or more.
In the case of all other types of building work, the inspection Stages will be decided by Burnett Country Certifiers and will be included in the Decision Notice. The entity responsible for the inspection will also be identified (usually the Building Certifier). In certain cases the Building Certifier may deem another person competent to carry out inspections. The process of determining the competence of another person is a statutory process.
For all inspections there is a mandatory compliance inspection certificate - Form 16 - that the Building Certifier must complete after each inspection. If a notice of Non Compliance is issued a letter or Form 61 may be used. A building contractor or owner builder must receive a copy of the inspection certificate as soon as possible after the inspection is carried out. The owner and local authority must receive a copy of the certificates within 5 days of completion of the building work. Upon completion of the building work the Building Certifier must issue a Form 11 Certificate of Classification for Major Construction Work, Form 17 for Swimming Pools and Form 21 for Basic Residential and Farm Work such as dwellings, domestic outbuildings and farm sheds. The final certificate is to be forwarded to the contractor/owner builder, owner and local authority within 5 days of its issue.
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