Building Industry News

Awards for Housing to Enable Seniors to Live Independently

Master Builders and the Department of Health and Ageing are calling for entries in the 2013 National Lifestyle Housing for Seniors Awards, recognising innovative design and construction helping older Australians stay in their homes for longer.

Master Builders Australia welcomes the Coalition's policy announcement today on boosting productivity and reducing regulation as part of a critically important policy debate for the Federal Election.

Master Builders and the Department of Health and Ageing are calling for entries in the 2013 National Lifestyle Housing for Seniors Awards, recognising innovative design and construction helping older Australians stay in their homes for longer.

Short Term Residential Accommodation

Well known Planning Lawyer Mr Michael Mantei offers his latest Case Note summarising the a recent decision in the Court of Appeal in relation to short term residential accommodation. This note is made available here for those that may be interested.

NSW Planning Reforms - Update

The NSW Government has done a 'back flip' on Complying Development. The 'One Complying Development Policy' program that the Building Industry has operated successfully under for the last few years has been thrown out the window as a result of pressure from Local Government.

Swimming Pool Inspections - Extra 12 months to obtain a Certificate of Compliance

The provisions that require a swimming pool to have a certificate of compliance before it can be sold or leased have been extended an extra 12 months. These requirements will now commence on 29 April 2015.

Consistency of a Construction Certificate with the Development Consent

A recent investigation by the Building Professionals Board has highlighted the importance of the consistency of a Construction Certificate with the development consent.

New Fire Safety Requirements when Development affects an Existing Building

Amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 came into effect on 18 July 2014 in relation to complying development for commercial and industrial buildings built before 1 January 1993.

The Status of a Construction Certificate Issued When Works Have Already Started

An interesting article by Lovegrove, Smith & Cotton relating to the status of a Construction Certificate issued when works have already started.

Don't have the patience for a slow build? Here are 3 ways to get into your new home faster!

This article was published in last Saturday's Daily Telegraph Home Magazine. In the article, one of our Director's Craig Hardy talks about Complying Development.

Tips for Getting An Interim Occupation Certificate

OUR TOP TIPS FOR GETTING YOUR DEVELOPMENT READY FOR AN INTERIM OCCUPATION CERTIFICATE WHEN YOU BOOK A FINAL INSPECTION

Tips for Getting An Interim Occupation Certificate

The NSW Premier and the Minister for Local Government recently announced 19 new Councils. The intention is to create stronger more efficient councils that will work harder for its residents and delivery better services and infrastructure.

Camden Council Driveway Crossing Application

Our clients are reminded of Camden Council's requirements in relation to Roads Act Approval.