From October 22 2018, owners of certain buildings must survey for combustible cladding and register any affected buildings with the NSW government. These form part of a ‘whole-of-government’ response to the fire safety risks presented by external combustible cladding.
Types of buildings to be inspected under the new regulations
The new regulations apply to buildings both new and existing, that are two or more storeys high and fall into one of the below categories:
- Residential apartment buildings
- Other types of residential buildings where unrelated people sleep. For example, hotels, boarding houses, backpackers, student accommodation
- Aged-care buildings; hospitals and day surgeries (and any associated single dwellings within the building)
- Public assembly buildings. For example, theatres, cinemas, schools and churches (and any associated single dwellings within the building).
Which combustible cladding materials does this regulation apply to?
Any building that meets the above building type criteria must be registered if it has external combustible cladding made of any of the below materials:
- Metal composite panels, including products that consist of aluminium, zinc, or copper outer layers and a core material; or
- Insulated cladding systems including systems comprised of polystyrene, polyurethane, and polyisocyanurate.
Building plans that contain ‘alternative solutions’ to external combustible cladding must be reviewed by Fire and Rescue NSW for review prior to application.
When is the deadline to be compliant?
If your building is occupied prior to 22 October 2018, the deadline for the registration is 22 February 2019.
Owners of new buildings must register their building within the first four months of a building being occupied for the first time.
What are the laws?
The new regulations fall under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Identification of Buildings with Combustible Cladding) Regulation 2018 and State Environmental Planning Policy Amendment (Exempt Development – Cladding and Decorative Work) 2018.
Are there any other changes?
In addition to the new regulations, the government has amended eight State Environmental Planning Polices.
If you require assistance with determining whether these new regulations effect your building and how to act, reach out to Wellman Strata today.