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The Zone newsletter
The Planning and Land Authority has a newsletter The Zone which aims to keep people in the planning and building industry up to date on all aspects of the planning system, from changes to the Territory Plan and planning legislation to information on development assessment and construction regulations.
Consumer information and warnings
- Swann Communications Pty Ltd - Wireless Door Chime with 2 Receivers recall
- Warning on plastic bodied fan heater and recalled heaters
- WW and Big W heaters - Recall Notice
- Danger from Cannon Fitzroy & Canterbury inbuilt space heaters
- Recall notice for Radiant Heaters - Sitro Group Australia is undertaking a voluntary recall of selected Gasmate Alfresco Radiant Heaters and Maxiheat Radiant Panel Heaters.
- Recall notice for DTTW string lights - Down To The Woods (DTTW) Pty Ltd are recalling Silver and Copper String Lights.
- Asbestos removal program - Find out if your property was part of the 'Mr Fluffy' removal program.
- Signage on building sites - From 1 July 2012 all building sites, where work requires a BA and is being carried out (or supervised) by a licensed builder, must display a sign with information about the work being done.
- Changes to DA exempt single dwelling rules - On 29 May 2012 additional requirements came into effect for DA exempt development of single dwellings on old residential land and single dwelling demolition across Canberra. The new criteria does not apply to DA exempt development of single dwellings in new estates. For more information see the exemption information about single dwellings and demolition.
- Installation of solar PV systems - This fact sheet outlines for home owners the process for ensuring solar PV systems are correctly installed and inspected, and what the home owner can do if something goes wrong.
- Enhanced energy efficiency requirements - From 1 May 2010, all new houses must be built to a six-star energy efficiency rating (or equivalent) and all apartments must have an average rating of six-stars (or equivalent).
- Insulation warning - Homeowners should ensure that anyone who installs loose-fill or batt-type insulation in their home is fully aware that the fire safety of recessed lights is not jeopardised.
- Domestic solar panels - installation information
- Clothes dryer warning - One of the Planning and Land Authority's roles is to inspect possible causes of fires when the fire might be caused by an electrical fault. Some fires have been caused by the misuse of clothes dryers.
- Hot water heater requirements - The ACT Government has restricted the type of water heaters that can be installed in detached houses and townhouses that have not been occupied or sold as a place of residence.