Building Inspection Policy & Fire Safety Committee

Building Inspection Policy.

Council provides a limited inspection service in line with the building Inspection Policy.  Council does not provide pre-purchase building inspections.

Council provides a limited building inspection service in line with the Building Inspection Policy and the legislated requirements under the Development Act 1993.  These inspections are highlighted on the Decision Notification Form issued with the development approval and generally includes the following stages of work:

Mandatory Notifications for Inspection

A person undertaking the building work that requires a development approval must give the Council one business day notification of the following stages of work:

For swimming pools

a)        Commencement of site work

b)        The completion of construction of a swimming pool (before the pool is filled with water)

c)        Completion of construction of safety barriers prior to filling with water

 For houses

a)        Commencement of site work

b)        Completion of footing preparation prior to pour

c)        Completion of wall and roof framing

d)        Completion of wet area (prior to tiling)

e)        Completion of building work for the purposes of Schedule 19A (S83AB) Statement of Compliance

 For verandahs or others structures attached to the roof framing of house or commercial premises

 a)          Completion of roof framing where connected to the roof of a building of another classification

For commercial buildings

a)        Commencement of site work

b)        Completion of footing preparation prior to pour

c)        Completion of wall and roof framing

d)        Completion of fire walls, fire rated separation or smoke barriers etc. including in the Essential Safety Provisions

e)        Completion of building work for the purposes of Schedule 19A Statement of Compliance and the Regulation 83 Certificate of Occupancy.

 If you fail to give Council the notification at a mandatory notification stage, you are committing an offence and may be liable to pay an expiation fee of up to $500, or be liable to a maximum penalty of up to $10,000.

 Notification is to be emailed to inspections@barossa.sa.gov.au or via phone to the Development and Environmental Services Department on (08) 8563 8444.

Council does not provide pre-purchase building inspections.  Pre-purchase inspections are available through various external business providers whose details may be found through an online search.  Council does not recommend or endorse any particular providers.

Commercial Building Fire Safety

The Building Fire Safety Committee (BFSC) comprises of members of Council’s building team, Country Fire Service (CFS) and Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) personnel as well as an independent technical expert.  This committee inspects existing commercial premises to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and our Building Fire Safety Policy.  Where necessary the BFSC requires the upgrade of existing buildings.

For further information contact the Development Services Team on (08) 8563 8481.