Codes and standards


The ACT has a range of codes and standards that apply to:

Codes and standards are updated from time to time. Your project will need to comply with the codes and standards in force when you obtain approval, or when the work is carried out (if an approval is not required).

Some of the main codes and standards are outlined below.

Building code

The ACT building code is made under the Building Act 2004. It outlines minimum standards for the safety, heath, amenity and sustainability of new building work, including work on existing buildings.

The building code includes:

If the building code applies to your project, it must be designed and constructed to meet all relevant requirements in the code. The code includes more than compliance options to meet these requirements, including prescriptive and performance-based standards.

Territory Plan

The Territory Plan is the main statutory planning document in the ACT. It is made under the Planning and Development Act 2007. It sets out:

The authorised Territory Plan is on the ACT Legislation Register.

Electrical standards

Electrical wiring work in the ACT must comply with AS/NZS 3000 Electrical Instalns (known as the Australian/New Zealand Wiring Rules).

The Wiring Rules provide detailed safety standards. They are adopted under the Electricity Safety Act 2000, which includes requirements for undertaking electrical wiring work.

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Gasfitting and gas appliance standards

AS/NZS 5601 Gas installations is the primary standard for gasfitting work and Type A gas appliance work in the ACT. Type B gas appliance work must also comply with AS/NZS 1375 Industrial fuel-fappliances and AS/NZS 3814 Industrial and coial gas-fired appliances.

They are adopted under the Gas Safety Act 2000, which includes requirements for undertaking gasfitting and gas appliance work.

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Plumbing and drainage standards

Plumbing and drainage work in the ACT must comply with the plumbing code. The plumbing code is made under the Water and Sewerage ACT 2000 and includes:

If the plumbing code applies to your project, it must be designed and constructed to meet all relevant requirements in the code. The code includes more than compliance options to meet these requirements, including prescriptive and performance-based standards.

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