The Building Act 1975 promotes acceptable standards of health, safety, sustainability and amenity in the built environment.
The Act stipulates minimum, acceptable, cost effective standards for the design and construction of all new building work (including new buildings and alterations to existing buildings) and the change of use of existing buildings. It also contains provisions relating to building demolition.
The Act deals with the following specific issues:
- structural safety
- fire protection
- access to and egress from buildings
- health and amenity (e.g. light, ventilation and toilet facilities)
- swimming pools and fencing
- special requirements for buildings in certain areas (e.g. bushfire prone areas)
- energy efficiency and sustainable development.
Information on the Planning and Environment Court can be found on the Queensland Courts website.
The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:
Publications available include:
- news flashes
- building newsletters