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Building Act 1975 – 11 November 2015

Building Regulation 2006 – 28 October 2016

Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 – 1 July 2016

Summary

Building assessment work and self-assessable building work must be carried out following certain laws and documents. Building assessment work can be carried out by the local government as building certifier upon application or by a private certifier as building certifier upon application and agreement. Self-assessable works are prescribed under Schedule 1 to the Building Regulation 2006.

  • Sections 21, 30, 45, 48, 49, 51, 53, 138, 141; Regulation 4, Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations 2006

A person may apply to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) for a licence and endorsement to be a building certifier.

  • Sections 151, 155, 156, 160, 163

There is a code of conduct for building certifiers called the Code of Conduct for Building Certifiers.

  • Section 129

A person may make a complaint to the QBCC about a building certifier.

  • Section 190

A building certifier may apply to QBCC for a licence to be a pool safety inspector.

  • Sections 246BG, 246BH, 246BI, 246DG

A code of conduct applies to pool safety inspectors called the ‘Code of conduct for pool safety inspectors’.

  • Section 246AZ; Regulation 16C of the Building Regulation 2006

A person may make a complaint to the QBCC about a pool safety inspector.

  • Sections 246CK

Before construction of a pool starts and up until certification, a person who will be the owner of the pool or the builder must display a warning sign.

  • Sections 231A, 231B, 233, Regulation 14 of the Building Regulation 2006

The owner of a pool must ensure the pool complies with the pool safety standard and all barriers for the pool are kept in good condition. One prescribed standard is the display of a resuscitation sign.

  • Sections 231A, 231B, 231D, 232; Regulations 13A, 63 of the Building Regulation 2006

An owner of land may enter their neighbour’s land to carry out agreed fencing work in relation to a pool barrier but only upon giving at least 14 days notice to the other owner.

  • Sections 245X, 245XG

The occupier of a building must give general evacuation instructions to each person working in the building at least once a year and to new workers within 2 days of starting to work in the building.

  • Regulation 35 of the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008

A practice evacuation of a building is to take place at least once a year.

  • Regulations 43, 44 of the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008
Reason for law

To regulate building development, including swimming pools. (Long title to Act)

To ensure persons can evacuate buildings safely and quickly if a fire or hazardous materials emergency happens. (Regulation 4 of the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008)

Relevant links

Laws for building houses and pools [Queensland Government]

Building [Department of Housing and Public Works]

Building forms

Queensland Development Code

National Construction Code [Australian Building Codes Board]

Queensland building work enforcement guidelines

Certificates of classification guideline

Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC)

Online Licence Search

Code of Conduct for Building Certifiers

Pool safety [Department of Housing and Public Works]

Find a licensed swimming pool safety inspector

Code of conduct for swimming pool safety inspectors

Continuing professional development for pool safety inspectors

Search for a property’s pool safety certificate

Pool safety forms

Building and Development Dispute Resolution committees

Brisbane City Council:
Building searches
Building plans
Flood Awareness Maps

(See your local government website for applicable searches and flood maps)

Pool Safety Inspections [Kidsafe Queensland]

Building Designers Association of Queensland

Master Builders Queensland

Australian Institute of Building (AIB)

Australian Earthquake Engineering Society

Earth Building Association of Australia (EBAA)

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