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Inspection timing

Mandatory inspections must be carried out on all approved building permits. The builder must notify the building certifier (in writing or otherwise) when building work is ready for inspection. Building certifiers are not permitted to design the building or carry out any of the work.

The inspection will ensure that the building work is being carried out in accordance with the building permit and relevant building standards. Building inspections for the construction of a house must be performed at the following stages:
  • footing—inspection of the foundation material and the reinforcing steel before concrete is placed
  • slab—a check on the bearing capacity of the soil, and inspection of the moisture-proof barrier and the reinforcing steel before concrete is placed
  • frame—inspection of the frame including timber sizes, fixing, tie-down and bracing before the cladding or wall linings are fixed
  • final—check on any previous outstanding items and the collection of certificates such as termite protection, wet area membrane installation, glazing, and certification of engineer designed elements such as roof trusses.
The final inspection will cover aspects such as:
  • the control and discharge of stormwater
  • the height of the floor above ground
  • support of any earthworks necessary to protect the building and other property
  • protection against water penetration
  • fire safety issues such as smoke alarms
  • room ventilation
  • toilet door swing
  • vermin proofing
  • sub-floor ventilation
  • termite protection and re-treatment notice
  • stairs, handrails and balustrades
  • swimming pool fencing.

More details on the legislative requirements concerning inspections can be found in Part 8 of the Building Regulation 2006 (PDF, 593KB).

In addition to these building inspections, there are also mandatory plumbing and drainage inspections. Contact your local council for more details on what inspections may be required.

Last updated 24 June 2016    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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