Building Code Compliance

Building Code, or By-Law compliance inspection, is simply an inspection of an existing building to determine on-going compliance with the building assessment provisions at the time it was built - report on any non-compliances.

It could also be a report on the comparison between the old assessment provisions & the current BCA-NCC as "gap analysis" for future building extension/s or upgrading works.

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) is a uniform set of technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings and other structures throughout Australia. The BCA is produced and maintained by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), and given legal effect through the Building Act 1975.

The BCA is reviewed and amended each year to include various technical and regulatory changes. It is important to be aware of the primary changes that occur each year, to ensure you price building work to comply with the code, and ultimately avoid contractual disputes.

The BCA is supported by a number of reference documents. These documents provide specific detail on how to comply with the BCA and include a number of Australian Standards.

The BCA, which must be read in conjunction with the Building Act, is published in two volumes:

  • Volume 1 Commercial Buildings (Class 2–9 Buildings)
  • Volume 2 Residential Buildings (Class 1 and 10 Buildings – also known as the Housing Provisions)