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New standards for building over or near relevant infrastructure and clarification about solar panel installations

From 1 November 2013, building work over or near relevant infrastructure must be assessed against MP 1.4 "Building over or near relevant infrastructure" as part of a building development approval. Consent from the relevant service provider (water or sewerage service provider or the owner of a stormwater drain; eg Council) is no longer required under section 192 of the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008 (WS (S&R) Act) for building work regulated under MP 1.4. In addition, any provisions of a local government planning scheme that attempt to regulate the same matters as those covered under MP 1.4 will no longer have any effect.

Also, amendments to the Building Regulation 2006 have clarified that all installations of roof-mounted solar photovoltaic panels and solar hot water systems (solar collectors) are self-assessable building work.
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Archival Articles

    • 12.07.2013

      Changes to the notifiable work scheme and other plumbing amendments

          The Act has recently been amended to introduce further changes that support the notifiable work scheme. Amendments of the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003 will:
            •  align the Regulation with the changes made to the Act
            •  require a local government to inspect notifiable work if a plumber or drainer (a "licensee") asks for an inspection
            •  allow a local government inspector to give a rectification notice to the responsible person for the work and any licensed contractor involved
            •  make it clear that compliance assessable work is considered "completed" when it is operational.

      • 04.02.2013

        Mandatory energy efficient hot water systems and water savings targets (rainwater tanks) laws repealed

            The mandatory requirements for the installation of rainwater tanks or another water saving system (such as a grey water treatment plant) for new houses and similar requirements for commercial and industrial buildings, have been repealed. Those who choose to voluntarily install a water saving system, or who are located in a local government area that opted-in to water savings requirements, will still need to comply with the requirements in the Queensland Development Code (QDC).

            The mandatory requirements to install energy efficient hot water systems in new houses and existing houses located in a gas reticulated area have also been repealed. Home owners can now install a hot water system that best suits their circumstances.

        • 27.07.2012

          Changes to the pool fencing law

              Previously, pool owners were required to obtain a building approval for pool fencing work except for prescribed minor repairs such as repairing, replacing or adjusting five metres of fencing or more than six fence posts. For a building approval, a building certifier is required to assess and approve the work.

              The Building Amendment Regulation (No.1) 2012 (the amendment regulation) inserted a new section 5 in Schedule 2C (now entitled "Repairs, maintenance and other work") of the Building Regulation 2006 (BR). It provides that, in certain circumstances, building work for a fence forming the whole or part of a pool barrier for an existing non-shared pool for a house or townhouse does not require a building development approval.

          • 10.07.2012

            Proposal to Adopt QDC MP1.4 - Build Over or Near Sewers, Stormwater Drains and Water Mains (Draft)

                Currently, under section 192 of the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008 (WS(S&R) Act) a person must not, without the written consent of a service provider (i.e. local government or water entity), interfere with the service provider's infrastructure.

                The proposed codification of the requirements for building over or near underground services forms a part of an ongoing consolidation process for building standards to help improve the efficiency of the building sector and simplify the building regulatory system.

            • 29.06.2012

              Guidelines for inspection of class 2 to 9 buildings

                  Following industry consultation, BCQ has developed guidelines for the inspection of class 2 to 9 buildings.

                  The Guidelines have been developed and published in response to requests from the building industry. They apply a risk-based approach to the inspection of class 2 to 9 buildings and incorporate practical and effective methodologies to assist building certifiers meet their statutory duties and obligations.

                  The new guidelines are made under section 258 of the BA and will take effect from the 1 August 2012.