Building regulation and certification are important parts of the planning system in New South Wales.
The planning system supports sustainable development and seeks to ensure that buildings are safe and that they meet the performance expectations of the community both at the time of their construction and throughout their effective lives.
The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 specifies the types of approvals that are required to undertake building work in NSW, and the matters that must be satisfied as part of those approvals. This includes that building work complies with the relevant requirements of the Building Code of Australia, which forms a part of the National Construction Code.
As part of the NSW Government fire safety package in response to the fire safety risks posed by external wall cladding, the Department of Planning and Environment has now released a draft regulation that proposes owners of buildings with combustible external wall cladding will be required to register the building with state and local government.
The NSW Government is implementing a package of reforms to strengthen NSW’s building regulation and certification system.
The Department of Planning and Environment is responsible for the regulatory framework for building approvals in NSW. As part of this role, the Department:
The Department also works closely with other agencies that have a role in the building regulation and certification system. This includes:
Local Governments also play an important role in the building regulation and certification system. In particular, councils may be the consent authority for building works and have certain compliance and enforcement powers under the EP&A Act.
The Department operates a Building Code Advisory Service to provide general information and advice on the Building Code of Australia and related matters. This service operates between 9.30am and 11.30am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The contact number is (02) 9274 6529.
Page last updated: 06/03/2018