The NSW Planning Portal has been updated to make managing and lodging regulated building designs much easier.
These changes, which started on May 15, 2023, were implemented to simplify document management for staged developments. The major benefit for NSW builders will be a smoother and more seamless experience for their construction projects.
From July 3, 2023, the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 and the Residential Apartment Buildings Act 2020 will be expanded to cover class 3 and 9c buildings. These acts exist to make sure that buildings are safe and meet the required standards for their design and construction.
The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has advised that the new National Construction Code (NCC) 2022 is now available.
The NCC incorporates all three Volumes of Australia’s building and plumbing codes into one convenient document, making it easier than ever before for builders to stay up-to-date with regulations.
As we all know, any NSW builder needs a building licence before they can do any contracted residential building work in NSW.
NSW Fair Trading has just announced that a range of licences will be digitised.
Licences that are now digitally available are:
In November 2021, NSW Fair Trading began audits on the work of registered Design Practitioners and Building Practitioners and their compliance with the Design and Building Practitioners (DBP) Act.
Australia is a country of extremes that can challenge us and impact our everyday lives in so many different ways. Two years ago, we were coming out of one of the worst bushfire seasons in many years, followed by floods and hail storms and then a global pandemic.
2021 has bought about a lot of changes to not only our everyday lives but also to the building industry.
Specifically, to Class 2 buildings like domestic apartment buildings or buildings containing two or more sole-occupancy units where people live above, beside, or below each other. Also including single-storey attached dwellings with a common space below, such as a carpark.
The changes are starting with class 2 buildings. Class 2 buildings are the highest priority right now, but the NSW Government will expand the reforms to other classes of construction in the future.