Building surveyors (also known as building certifiers) must complete work and operate according to the:
- Building Act 2004
- Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004
- Building Code of Australia
- Building Surveyors Code of Practice (from 1 September 2019)
Building surveyors must be licensed to perform any building certification work in the ACT.
Professional indemnity insurance should include:
- a minimum limit of indemnity of $1 million for any one claim
- a minimum limit of indemnity of $1 million for the total of all claims against the insured made in the period of cover, and
- a minimum limit of indemnity for the costs and expenses of defending or settling a claim of 20 per cent of the limit of indemnity for the claim.
Evidence of insurance
Building surveyors need to show evidence of their insurance to a client before providing a service. This includes advising the client if they do not have insurance.
Notifications, inspections and approvals
A building surveyor is responsible for:
- issuing the building approval
- issuing a commencement notice
- ensuring housing indemnity insurance or a fidelity certificate is in place before work begins
- giving copies of the plans to the Construction Occupations Registrar for record keeping
- conducting certification inspections during construction
- issuing the certificate of completion once the building work has been satisfactorily completed.
Find out about:
- applying for a building surveyor licence
- renewing or updating your licence details
- disciplinary and other actions that can apply to a licence
- resolving a dispute
- industry resources
- National Construction Code
- Construction safety portal
- WorkSafe ACT
- Introduction to the ACT Building Regulatory System - Online Course
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