Building Information: Building to the Approved Plans

Published on Thursday, 31 August 2023 at 8:39:20 AM

Industry Bulletin 154, recently released by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, emphasises the significance of adhering to approved plans while undertaking building projects. The bulletin stresses three key points for builders to consider:

  • Completing building work in accordance with the plans and specifications referenced on the relevant certificate of design compliance (the approved plans).
  • Properly consulting prior to proceeding with work which differs from the approved plans (changes).
  • Consulting with the appropriate building professional when it appears the approval varies from the requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

According to Section 29 of the Building Act 2011, it is the responsibility of the builder named on the building permit to ensure that the building or incidental structure is completed in accordance with the approved plans, relevant building and Australian standards.

Changes from the approved plans include, but are not limited to, not conforming with the approved construction methods, not conforming with the engineer’s endorsed, and/or manufacturer’ details, building product substitution or deviations from development approval conditions.

It is vital for builders to understand the importance of adhering to approved plans and consulting with relevant authorities and professionals before making any modifications. This ensures compliance with regulations, safety standards, and industry best practices, leading to successful and problem-free building projects.

The Shire of Denmark Principal Building Surveyor Ryan Harding, is available to answer questions and offer assistance at 9848 0300 or

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