Building Rules assessment involves the technical assessment of a proposal for compliance with the Building Code of Australia and other relevant Australian Standards.
In general, the Building Code covers such issues as:
- Structural adequacy
- Fire safety
- Health and amenity
- Access for people with disabilities
- Energy efficiency
The City of Burnside offers a "one-stop-shop" approach for development applications, providing assessment of your application to the Building Rules (for a fee). By lodging your Development Application with Council for Planning Assessment, Building Assessment and Development Approval, Council may consider the applications concurrently, checking that the plans are consistent for Development Plan Consent, Building Rules Consent and Development Approval. The process allows a streamlined approach to the assessment of your application, ensuring efficiencies in the issuing of your Development Approval. Alternatively you may engage the services of a private certifier to assess your application for compliance to Building Rules.
Additionally, the Building Team, through Council's Building Fire Safety Committee, also undertake inspections in accordance with Council's inspection policy and deal with issues relating to Building Fire Safety, particularly on those buildings where members of the public stay or gather for recreational or social purposes. We also undertake inspections of unsafe buildings and structures to ensure their structural integrity and where necessary issue emergency orders to remove/repair any dangerous structures.
If you require further information on any of the above, please call the City Development & Safety Department on (08) 8366 4200 during business hours.