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Free National Construction Code (NCC) goes online

On 30 May 2014, the Australian Building Ministers' Forum agreed to make the 2015 National Construction Code (NCC) and future editions freely available online, significantly contributing to reducing the burden of building regulation.

The decision to eliminate costs associated with buying the code will make it more accessible to both small business and the building and plumbing industries.

In Tasmania the Building Act 2000 requires all building and plumbing work to be undertaken to a standard set by the National Construction Code.

The National Construction Code creates the:

  • Building Code of Australia (BCA), Volume One and Two; and
  • Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA) as Volume Three

In addition, electrical and gas-fitting work must be performed in accordance with minimum standards. This regulation is in place to ensure the integrity of our built environment and the amenity of that environment.

Performing work in Tasmania

To carry out building or plumbing work a permit from the Local Council Permit Authority is usually required.
There are some exemptions from getting a permit and these are listed in the regulations:

For building work which is a minor alteration or addition and the work is likely to be less than $5000 a Building Surveyor can certify the work without the need for a building permit.

You may wish to check with your Local Council before you have building or plumbing work carried out.

Local Government Association of Tasmania (Council contacts)

Building Practitioners

In Tasmania the key people involved in each step of the process of building or renovating are required to be accredited:

  • Builders, including construction managers, demolishers and builders specialising in fire protection;
  • Architects and other Building Designers including designers specialising in building services;
  • Building Surveyors; and
  • Engineers.

Standards that apply

Homeowners and Building Owners generally do not have to know what is in the codes, but they must ensure that if they are building or renovating a home or building in Tasmania that they use an accredited building practitioner and licensed tradespeople to do each part of the process.

Resolving issues with a building practitioner

Firstly, talk to the person doing the work and explain your concerns. If that doesn't resolve the issue there is a dispute and complaint process that may assist.

In Tasmania, Building Practitioners have a legal right to security of payment. Timelines apply to payment and you must follow them.

Trade licensing

Electricians, Plumbers and Gas-fitters are not accredited but are licensed under the Occupational Licensing Act. Information on this licensing can be found on the Licensing and Accreditation section.

Additional technical information