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Building regulations

Property owners must ensure that their homes follow meet current building regulations, and that Building Permits are obtained for renovations.

Property owners must ensure that their homes follow meet current building regulations, and that Building Permits are obtained for renovations.

Balconies

All home owners and commercial property owners with balconies should ensure that it is inspected regularly and any required maintenance undertaken. Ensure the balcony is constructed following the issue of a building permit. If you have any doubts, organise an inspection by an expert (e.g. Building Surveyors, Building Inspectors, Structural Engineers, Architects, Builders).

See Residential Development Regulations for further details.

Balustrades or barriers

Balustrade or handrails must be provided along the side of any stairway or ramp, any floor, corridor, hallway, balcony, verandah, or the like, and along the side of any path to a building if it is not bounded by a wall and the surface level beneath is more than one metre away.
See Residential Development Regulations for further details.

Swimming pool and spa fences

If you own a swimming pool and/or spa you must install safety barriers and/ or other approved measures to prevent young children from accessing pools and spas unsupervised. For further information check out the Swimming Pool and Spa Fences fact sheet.

You must also obtain a Building Permit prior to installing a pool, spa and the required safety barriers.

Smoke alarms

Smoke alarms are compulsory in all residential buildings including houses, units, flats, boarding houses, hostels and accommodation for the aged. All smoke alarms must be connected to the mains power with a battery back-up. For further information check out the Smoke Alarm Requirements Information Sheet.

If the building was constructed prior to 1 August 1997, battery operated smoke alarms are acceptable. It is important that your smoke alarms are checked and maintained on a regular basis. All smoke alarms must comply with Australian Standard AS3786. If you do not comply with the Building Regulations you face penalties and fines.

Location

Smoke alarms must be installed on or near the ceiling of every story of a building. Smoke alarms are intended to detect smoke before it reaches people sleeping in a building. The smoke alarm must be located in a position designed to wake sleeping occupants up and in time to evacuate a building.

Bedrooms

A smoke alarm must be located between each area containing bedrooms and the remainder of the building such as hallways or within 1.5m of the entrance to each bedroom.

Multiple-stories

An alarm is required on every story, located in the path of travel people will most likely take to evacuate the building. This will ensure an alarm is activated before smoke makes the common exit path impassable. Alarms must be centrally located and audible to all areas not immediately connected to the main story.

More information

Customer Service
Phone: (03) 8470 8888
Email: mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au