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Building and plumbing 

In Tasmania, the Building Act 2016

  • requires all building and plumbing work to be undertaken at a National standard;
  • creates the certification process for ensuring the standards are applied; and
  • defines who can do the work of a building practitioner.

The National technical standards for design, construction and installation are contained in the National Construction Code which creates the:

  • Building Code of Australia
  • Plumbing Code of Australia

All work must be undertaken to the National Standards and some permits.

Building regulatory framework

The  Building Regulations 2016 came into effect on 1 January 2017 and replace the Building Regulations 2014 and Plumbing Regulations 2014.

Building regulatory framework
Information on building categories, residential building contracts and legislation links.

Approved forms 2016
for use by local government and building and plumbing practitioners.

Information on types of building work and the building administration fee.

Example design documentation
Schedules and fact sheet downloads

Energy efficiency
Information on star ratings, design and construction in commercial and public buildings.

Event Permits
Also known as temporary occupancy permits.

Disability Access to Buildings
Information on what type of buildings need to be accessible and how to achieve it.

Health Services Establishments Code
Construction standards for a health service establishment.  

Building in Hazardous Areas
Information on  building in landslip areas, flood hazard areas, bushfire zones and more.

Building Maintenance
Essential safety features and maintenance laws.

Plumbing Standards
Information on standards and plumbing code for plumbers.  

Advisory Notes
These Notes relate to changes to building and plumbing legislation, the National Construction Code and the Building and Plumbing Codes of Australia.