Function VF 244
Building regulation
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  • Use this Function for
    The control and development of uniform building regulations

  • Do not use this Function for
    Planning functions generally. The administration of building regulation permits, see VRG 12 Municipalities.

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Background In 1940 the first centrally controlled uniform building regulations were established under the Local Government Act 1928. Prior to this each municipality could make its own by-laws governing building regulation. The 1940 legislation established the Building Regulations Commission which was to prepare and submit draft building regulations to the Minister for Public Works (VRG 18). Under the Local Government Act 1958 the power to administer Uniform Building Regulations continue to be vested in municipalities (except where provided under Health Act, Sewerage Regulations and Water Supply Regulations which are subject to the approval of appropriate government authorities). The Uniform Building Regulations define detailed provisions for building operations and prescribe certain minimum standards which councils are bound to observe, however, councils have the power to insist on standards above those prescribed in the Regulations. Appeals against decisions by councils may be made to a panel of Referees. Under the provisions of the Uniform Building Regulations, no building may be erected, constructed, placed in position, rebuilt, reconstructed, re-erected, replaced in position, altered, structurally altered, pulled down or removed unless it complies with the Local Government Act and Uniform Building Regulations and is approved by a council. A written permit must be obtained from the Council and a fee paid as prescribed. Reforms 1990s A number of agencies were established by the Building Act 1993, modelled on the national Model Building Act, which was passed to provide for the regulation of building and building standards reflecting best practice and innovation. These agencies are: Building Advisory Council to advise the Minister on the administration and impact of the Act on the building industry and community. Building Appeals Board hears applications for modifications of the building regulations, disputes or appeals arising from the Act and appeals against decisions of the Building Practitioners Board. Building Control Commission responsible for administering the building regulatory system. Building Practitioners Board registers building practitioners, monitors their conduct and ability to practise. Building Regulations Advisory Committee advises the Minister on regulations and provides accreditation of building products, construction methods, designs and components and systems associated with building work.
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    Local government VF 184
    Municipalities VF 397
    Planning (to 1988) VF 329
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Agencies with prime responsibility for this FunctionAgencies with prime responsibility for this Function
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Date of Responsibility Agency Title Agency Number
1922 - cont Architects Registration Board of Victoria VA 1422
- 1958 Public Works Department (previously the Department of the Commissioner of Public Works) VA 669
1958 - 1985 Local Government Department VA 601
1985 - 1990 Ministry for Planning and Environment VA 1024
1990 - 1991 Department of Planning and Urban Growth VA 3006
1991 - 1992 Department of Planning and Housing VA 3013
1992 - 1996 Department of Planning and Development VA 3094
1993 - cont Building Control Commission VA 4215
1993 - cont Building Advisory Council VA 4216
1993 - cont Building Appeals Board VA 4217
1993 - cont Building Practitioners Board VA 4218
1993 - cont Building Regulations Advisory Committee VA 4219
1996 - cont Department of Infrastructure VA 3971
2002 - 2013 Department of Sustainability and Environment VA 4554
2006 - cont Office of the Victorian Government Architect VA 5008
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2013 - 2014 Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure VA 5003
Groups related to this FunctionGroups related to this Function
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- 1958 Public Works VRG 28
1958 - 1985 Local Government I VRG 57
1985 - 1996 Planning I VRG 65
1996 - 1999 Planning and Local Government VRG 126