Overview - New Building Legislation 2017
From 1 January 2017 Tasmania has new laws regulating:
- building and plumbing work;
- licensing of people in the building industry; and
- residential building contracts.
The new Building Act takes a risk-based approach to building approvals so low risk building, plumbing and demolition work, and some medium risk work, can be done without seeking a building permit from the Council.
If you are planning to do some building work, read the Fact Sheet - Consumer Guide - Low Risk Building and Plumbing Work (pdf, 166.6 KB) to find out what you can do without getting a Council permit.
The new laws are:
- Building Act 2016
- Occupational Licensing Amendment Act 2016
- Residential Building Work Contracts and Dispute Resolution Act 2016
The new Regulations are:
- Building Regulations 2016 (pdf, 610.3 KB) (includes plumbing regulations)
- Occupational Licensing (Building Services Work) Regulations 2016 (pdf, 358.5 KB) (regulating licensing of building practitioners. It is to be made under the Occupational Licensing Act 2005)
- Residential Building Work Contracts and Dispute Resolution Regulations 2016 (It is to be made under the Residential Building Work Contracts and Dispute Resolution Act 2016)
- Guide to the Building Act 2016 (pdf, 837.6 KB) (developed for Permit Authorities, Builders and Building Surveyors to help you in working with the new legislation)
Information has been sent to all practitioners and is available at Building Legislation 2016 Resources.
Do you have a question about the new legislation? First, look at our Frequently Asked Questions to see if we have already provided an answer.