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Cladding deadline looming, severe penalties for non-compliance

By Sasha Karen
20 February 2019 | 1 minute read
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The “cladding” deadline relating to the proper use of building materials is fast approaching in both New South Wales and Queensland, where the penalties are steep for those who are non-compliant: up to $220,000 or two years of jail time for individuals and $1.1 million for corporations.

In Australia, fire safety is of the utmost importance, with many regions across the country having a notable bushfire risk, according to the Insurance Council of Australia.

In order to reduce the risk of bushfires, NSW and Queensland have in place flammable cladding-related legislation that must be adhered to soon.

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New South Wales

Strata corporation and some building owners have, by 22 February, to adhere to the State Environmental Planning Policy Amendment (Exempt Development – Cladding and Decorative Work) 2018 and register with the NSW government if their building contains combustible cladding materials.

Some of the materials include cladding which contains metal composite panels like aluminium, zinc or copper sandwich panels as well as polystyrene, polyurethane or polyisocyanurate.

The fines for avoiding to register a building start from $1,500 for an individual and $3,000 for a company; can be doubled if ignoring a direction to register from local council, Fire NSW or the Department of Planning; and can go up to $220,000 and/or two years of jail time for individuals and $1.1 million for corporations.

Additionally, if the issue is not rectified, there are additional fines of $44,000 for individuals and $110,000 for companies, per day.

Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers’ Ben Robertson said that time is running out for building owners and those on strata corporations to properly register.

“Any person responsible for the management of any commercial or residential building should be seeking immediate inspections to determine if their building contains any declared product, if they do not know so already,” Mr Robertson said.

“The self-reporting of buildings with combustible cladding follows a ban issued in August 2018 of any cladding with a core comprising more than 30 per cent polyethylene. That statewide prohibition was retrospective and applied to certain multistorey residential and commercial premises where the banned material is used in external cladding, external walls, external insulation, facades or rendered finishes.

“Owners and strata corporations of affected buildings containing cladding with a core of more than 30 per cent polyethylene can now be issued rectification orders under the Building Products (Safety) Act requiring them to undertake remediation and removal work.”

Mr Robertson added that it is important that building owners seek out legal advice on how to comply with the measures.

This opportunity may also give property owners in NSW the chance to ensure properties have working fire alarms.

Queensland

Queensland property owners, body corporates and property managers have a bit more time to meet the Safer Buildings for Queensland cladding reforms.

Owners of buildings with at least two units that have at least two storeys that were given development approval between 1 January 1994 and 1 October 2018 need to complete part one of the reform, which requires owners to register online at the Safer Buildings website by 29 March, with the extension cut-off being 1 March 2019.

Those who fail to register by the deadline can face a fine of $2,611 and will need to additionally supply a building industry professional report, according to Queensland Building and Construction Commissioner Brett Bassett.

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12 month growth
Box Hill
127.02%
Mollymook
82.85%
Brightwaters
79.93%
Cleve
78.13%
Bawley Point
76.2%
Murrays Beach
75.57%
Terranora
70%
Crescent Head
69.38%
Park Ridge South
68.32%
Mollymook Beach
67.09%
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