These changes apply to building work for a class 2 building and a building with a class 2 part, including remedial work on an existing building. This includes construction, alterations or additions, fit outs and repair, renovation and protective treatment.
Building work on class 2 buildings cannot commence until regulated designs and compliance certification declarations are signed and lodged on NSW Planning Portal. If your architect/engineer/builder is not registered, this can delay your building works until they have completed training and registration.
For the architect to lodge design certificates, the architect must undertake detailed construction documentation drawings. Previously many developers skipped this integral specification step (to save on time/cost) and hence some of the resultant defaults, issues and consumer complaints. However, in undertaking this level and detail of the scope of works, the result is a more professional approach and peace of mind for the consumer.