Building publications

Building regulations and how they affect you

This information booklet (pdf, 1MB) assists residents, businesses and visitors to better understand the relevant building laws, and highlight some of the responsibilities and obligations of property owners, in particular the maintenance requirements for:

  • safety barriers to swimming pools and spas
  • parapets, verandahs and balconies over public and private areas
  • single skin brick walls with basket ball rings
  • fire safety equipment and exits in all buildings

The information booklet also explains the law specific to the following:

  • fire protection requirements for accommodation buildings such as boarding houses, hostels, backpackers and motels
  • smoke alarms requirements in residential buildings
  • energy and water requirements
  • siting requirements for dwellings, outbuildings and fences

Guidelines and good practice for public safety and amenity at construction sites

This guidelines handbook (1.2MB) highlights some of the responsibilities and obligations of property owners when undertaking building work in the municipality, specific to the following:

  • minimising the risk of injury to the public
  • preventing stormwater pollution from building sites
  • controlling nuisance around building sites
  • protecting Council’s assets
  • improving the construction quality of buildings
  • providing guidance in complying with the relevant local laws and regulations

Sustainable property development is an important part of managing the changing face of our municipality but it is vital that these construction works prioritise public safety.

This publication provides property owners with information regarding the responsibilities and obligations that come with construction and development in our City.

Construction and development works can have far-reaching impacts on adjoining properties, passers by, traffic, neighbouring residents and businesses but also on the environment as a whole. Issues like construction noise, stormwater pollution, sediment control and dust from demolition sites can be inconvenient or dangerous to the neighbourhood and our environment.

We also want to help property developers avoid the risk of injury at work sites and avoid unsafe work practices – following these guidelines can help avoid tragic accidents and costly delays to projects.

Please take time to read this handbook prior to commencing building work in order to ensure compliance with the relevant requirements.

Last updated: Monday, 18 September 2017, 12:18 AM