The Office of the Building Commissioner has released their position on which version of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) applies to construction work. This is an important issue as industry practice does not necessarily mean that the practice complies with legislation.

Clause 145(1)(b) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 stipulates that in the case a project is staged, meaning more than one application for Construction Certificate (CC) is made to capture different stages of building work, the date of each application determines the edition of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) that applies to that stage. This means that the edition of the BCA applied to the first CC application does not lock in the rest of the project. There is often a substantial period of time between the application for the first CC for a project and applications for any subsequent CCs for later stages of the project. Hence, this process allows for advances in knowledge and innovation adopted in each revision of the BCA to make its way immediately into producing safer and better buildings.

This comes at a time where legislative reforms have come into play for the building and construction sector aiming to restore consumer confidence in the building industry and in particular the residential buildings.