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December 14, 2018

Reminder for Builders for Wet Season: Erosion and Sediment Control

The wet season has arrived and with that comes a builder’s duty of care to ensure that appropriate erosion and sediment control measures have been put in place at any building and construction site under their management. Erosion and sedimentation can cause water contamination which can pose a threat to…
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November 5, 2018

What are the mandatory inspections of building work?

What are the mandatory inspections required for your building work? Well, it depends on the building work. If you're doing a habitable structure, such as a dwelling or an addition with a habitable component, then there's a minimum of four stages. You're looking at a slab, bond beam, or frame,…
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October 1, 2018

How long does it take to get a building approval?

People often ask us, “How long does it take to get a building approval through?” Well, if all your paperwork is in order and your plans are correct, we can approve it for you virtually there and then. Most cases though there’s some sort of constraint on your property and…
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August 8, 2018

What does a private building certifier do?

We often get asked, "What does a private certifier do?" Well, under the Building Act, we have the ability to issue building approvals and undertake inspections, with the same power as what council used to have. There aren't many councils left that actually issue building approvals anymore. A private certifier…
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February 19, 2018

NCC BCA 2019 Public Comment Draft – What’s Changing?

Recently, the Australian Building Codes Board released a public comment draft of the National Construction Code Building Code of Australia 2019. You are able to submit comments regarding the changes until the close of business Friday the 13th of April 2018. The Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) will also…
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December 7, 2017

What Class of Building is it?

There are ten types of building classifications under the Building Code of Australia. Have you ever wondered what class of building you live, work or play in? Well, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has recently released a document that makes it easy to determine building classification. When it…
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February 8, 2017

What Is the Difference Between a DA and a BA?

Have you ever heard that you need to get a Development Approval (DA) before a Building Approval (BA) can be issued? Do you know what this means?  It is common to hear the acronyms DA and BA in the world of planning and building certification, but how do they differ…
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January 27, 2017

The Building Process

Building is a very exciting venture, but where do you begin? Being a first-time home builder or adding something to your existing property can be confusing and hard to know where to start. This blog will explain the building process and help put you on the right track. Step 1:…