Building Regulations

Building Regulations r1205 - AS1851:2012 Adoption in Victoria

On April 26, 2016, the Minister for Planning, in Victoria introduced a new Regulation 1205A of the Building Regulations (Vic) 2006 to permit the adoption and application of AS1851:2012 without first amending an occupancy permit or maintenance determination.

The new regulation came about through a lot of work by the team at Firewize and the Fire Protection Association.

Expiry: Building Regulation (Vic) 2006

In Victoria The Building Regulations (Vic) 2006 (the Regulations) will end on 6 June 2016 to meet the requirements under section 5 of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994. Regulations are evaluated every 10 years to check if they are still relevant or should be changed. This is known as ‘sun-setting’.

The regulations are being evaluated by two Government departments, together with relevant industry stakeholders;

VAGO Report - Compliance with Building Permits

The Victorian Auditor-Generals Office (VAGO) has tabled their report into the Compliance with Building Permits conducted in the second half of 2011.

Each year, the Victorian Auditor-General presents to Parliament an annual plan, which describes the proposed work program for the coming year.

Maintaining Essential Safety Measures in an Empty Building!

Recently I received an email from a customer who instructed us to stop maintaining the essential safety measures in his building.

The customer was under the wrong impression that because the building was not occupied that it did not need to be maintained.

The reality is that Part 12 of the Building Regulations 2006 (Vic) do not distinguish between empty and occupied buildings and structures.

Can I enclose an existing fire panel behind a door?

This week seems to be full of questions which have needed a bit of research in order for me to respond... Here is the hot question today...

Hi Russ,

I have an existing building with a fire panel, connected to the fire brigade and an emergency warning & Intercommunication system (EWIS) located in the foyer on the ground floor. The panels are hidden behind a set of labelled bi-fold doors.

We would like to enclose this space for use as a small office and keep the fire panels in the same location.

What codes and standards apply and can this be achieved?

Thanks.