Buildings need to meet Building Code of Australia (BCA) Standards at the time of approval, and be maintained to these Standards. Building owners and occupiers are responsible for ensuring the compliance of their building with applicable building standards.
With constant updates to Acts, Regulations, and BCA Standards, it is important that the safety and compliance of a building is periodically checked. If a building is found to not meet present Standards, consideration should be given to becoming compliant.
CPI Stays Up To Date
Building regulations cover everything from the use of materials to fire exits, access for people with disabilities, the provision of toilet facilities, and more. They can sometimes seem complex and difficult to interpret and be sure the building is compliant.
The team at CPI keeps up to date with all the latest compliance requirements, whether they are federal, state, or local government legislation.
New Tenants or Change Of Use
When new tenants occupy a building or the use of the building changes, a new Occupancy Permit is often required. This may necessitate upgrades to the building to current standards. Failure to do so can attract substantial penalties under the new Building Act 2011.
Getting The Right Advice Matters
Keeping a building compliant gives your potential lessees or purchasers peace of mind and maintains the property owner’s reputation for quality property management. A compliant property brings benefit from improved leaseability and increased price per square metre.
Matters of compliance may differ from one type of building to another. It is therefore important to get the right advice.
CPI can carry out a compliance audit before improvements start. The audit will identify the minimum requirements for achieving Standards Compliance. We can then recommend cost-effective improvements for becoming compliant, or for higher return for the building owner.
On completion of the audit, the client will receive a quotation which will include the costs involved in implementing the minimum or enhanced recommendations resulting from the audit.