Posts Tagged ‘building permit’

Does a building permit mean you get what you paid for under your building contract?

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

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Building inspections are for minimum compliance only, not quality

One of the key misunderstandings by consumers for building works by builders might just be the role of the building surveyor with respect to quality of the built product. Now, depending upon which state you are in, even the name of this person, both in the legislation and in common use, may be different. For example,  in New South Wales traditionally the role was known as a Building Inspector whereas the legislation now refers to Accredited Certifiers and Principal Certifying Authorities.

With respect to the issue of quality we would like to start with a submission to the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC) into Housing Regulations in Victoria by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and Archicentre Limited. Their submission stated that:

“… the public perceived that council inspections by building surveyors should be and were comprehensive enough to pick up poor workmanship and defective construction.”

VCEC’s reporting of there being an apparent misunderstanding about the role of inspections because some consumers interpret inspections as a way of ensuring the quality of building work was hi-lighted in a further submission by Consumer Affairs Victoria who made the point that:

“Consumers may falsely believe that inspections by building surveyors against the minimum standards of the Building Act 1993 are also an inspection of work specified in the contract. Improved consumer awareness of processes under the Building Act 1993 may assist in reducing disputes.”

So let’s have a look at the role and function of the Building Surveyor under both processes in more detail -

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Do I need a building permit to install a magnetic latch to an exit door?

Friday, June 4th, 2010