Maintenance

Exemptions from development and building approval may apply to certain maintenance of buildings or structures provided they comply with relevant provisions of Regulations. Examples include certain:

  • replacing of rotted timber window frames to maintain appearance and weatherproofing;
  • replacing of broken roof tiles to prevent water damage; and
  • repairing of a building's plant and equipment.

Exemptions from development approval

The development does not need development approval if it complies with relevant provisions of the Planning and Development Regulation 2008, Schedule 1. The following is a summary of the provisions and is correct as of the date the web page was last updated - scroll to the bottom of the web page to find this - however the Regulation's Schedule may been updated since then. In summary, the development is exempt provided that the maintenance:

  • makes no change to the kind of material for the part of the building or structure to which the maintenance relates;
  • complies with relevant general exemption criteria.

Changing the external appearance, material or finish of a building or structure may be subject to other laws, including heritage laws and energy efficiency provisions of building laws.

Also see definitions.

Exemptions from building approval

The maintenance does not need building approval if it complies with relevant provisions of the Building (General) Regulation 2008, Schedule 1. The following is a summary of the provisions and is correct as of the date the web page was last updated - scroll to the bottom of the web page to find this - however the Regulation's Schedule may been updated since then. In summary, the maintenance is exempt provided that:

  • the maintenance work is not building work as defined in the Building Act 2004; or
  • the work is covered by a building approval exemption, including the handling of not more than 10m2 of bonded asbestos if incidental to work undertaken by a person who is an asbestos removalist.

There are no specific BA exemptions for maintenance, but many kinds of maintenance do not amount to being building work as defined under the Building Act 2004. For example, cosmetic work - such as painting - might not constitute building work. Certain maintenance work might constitute building work, but be covered by BA exemptions, such as certain internal and external alterations.

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