In response to the fatal fire at the Grenfell Tower in London, the Queensland Government carried out an investigation of the extent to which non-conforming combustible cladding was being used in Queensland buildings.
Following this investigation, the Building and Other Legislation (Cladding) Amendment Regulation 2018 (Qld) (“Regulation”) was passed by Parliament and commenced on 1 October 2018.
The Regulation imposes obligations on owners of certain buildings to identify and assess the risk of cladding products installed in those buildings.
ARE YOU AFFECTED?
Buildings that may be affected are class 2-9 buildings of a type A or type B construction which were given developmental approval to build, or alter the cladding, after 1 January 1994 but before 1 October 2018.
This definition encompasses all residential and commercial buildings, other than houses and other low risk residential use buildings.
WHAT ARE YOUR OBLIGATIONS?
The regulation imposes a three stage process in which owners must provide certain details and documents to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) through the online system (at www.saferbuildings.qld.gov.au) within the relevant compliance period.
A timeline of your obligations as an owner is set out below:
|Steps to be taken||Deadline|
|Stage 1||Register your building/s on the Safer Buildings website and complete the Combustible Cladding Checklist (Part 1) online.
|29 March 2019|
|Stage 2||Engage a building industry professional to prepare a Building Industry Professional Statement and submit same to the QBCC through the online portal, and complete the Combustible Cladding Checklist (Part 2) online.
|29 May 2019|
|Stage 3 – Part A||Engage a fire engineer to prepare a Building Fire Safety Risk Assessment and Fire Engineer Statement and register the fire engineer’s details in the online system.
|27 August 2019|
|Stage 3 – Part B||Upon receipt of the Building Fire Safety Risk Assessment and Fire Engineer Statement required at Stage 3 – Part A, complete the Combustible Cladding Checklist (Part 3) online and upload the relevant documents onto the online system.
|3 May 2021|
WHAT IF YOUR CLADDING IS NON-COMPLIANT?
If you are concerned that the cladding in your building is non-compliant, or you are selling your property, please contact our office to discuss your obligations.