QBCC has recently reinforced the need to obtain a building approval when re-roofing more than 20% of your roof. It appears that there are some roofing contractors who are unaware of this requirement and are simply re-roofing houses without proper building approval which is in contravention of the Building Act 1975 QLD  and can place their QBCC licenses in jeopardy. Also not to mention that the homeowner is now faced with a roof that has not been lawfully approved which may affect their home insurance. 

In 80% of cases where the re-roof is “like for like”, a structural engineer is not necessary. In the other 20% of cases such as though not limited to the following, the engagement of a structural engineer may be required – 

  1. The re-roofing also involves repairing or altering major structural roof beams.
  2. The re-roofing involves going from tiles to sheet roofing or vice versa.
  3. The re-roofing is being done in a cyclonic area.
  4. The re-roofing involves changing the roof type, e.g going from hip to gable.
  5. The re-roofing involves box gutters.

In the grand scheme of things, getting a building approval for the re-roofing is fairly straightforward and the risk of not getting one is really not worth it. Furthermore, the building certification cost for a re-roofing job is generally much lower when compared to other types of work… at least that is the case with Agile Approvals 🙂

If for example, your re-roofing job is in the simple ‘like for like’ category, all the building certifier needs is –

  1. A simple site plan and/or photos of the existing roof;
  2. Form 2 application filled in;
  3. QBCC insurance payment if the market value of the work is >$3300;
  4. QLeave payment if cost of works is over $150K

Now for more complex jobs, other documentation may be required but for most re-roofing jobs if all you are doing is like for like, it is fairly straightforward. If you are a homeowner and your roofing contractor has not included building certification costs into his quote, please feel free to call Agile Approvals and we can help advise on your next steps. If you are a roofing contractor and would like to know how you can work building certification costs into your workflows, and/or you just have a bunch of questions you want to ask, feel free to call and we will be more than happy to answer all your queries.

For more information and where QBCC stands on this issue read the following – 

  1. Repair of sheet metals roofs in cyclonic areas;
  2. Ensure you meet your administrative requirements when re-roofing

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A few days late to this  article , it’s from the Courier Mail but it does appear the QBCC are cracking down on builders finances. The statistic that really surprised me was the number of builders in Queensland that have gone bust since the start of the year. Have a guess…5? 10? 20?… give up? It’s 30+ builders that have gone bust since the start of the year… and potentially a lot of houses, renovations, decks, carports that remain unfinished with homeowners left in the lurch.

I’m not sure where the Courier Mail got this statistic, and I have not verified it. I’m going to assume that they obtained this figure from the QBCC or somehow did some ASIC database sleuthing. I actually do wish there was a way to keep tabs on this and I do wonder if there is a way to know who is on this list of 30+ builders… but that will have to be an article for another day.   

Hope fully as a home owner, you’ve only paid up to the amount of work rendered, this doesn’t mean it’s not going to cost you more money, to the contrary, if you find yourself in this predicament, the chances are high that your builder hasn’t paid his subcontractors (including the building certifier) for the work they have done on your house. So the issue you’ll have is that the subcontractors may not be so inclined to help you finish the work if they haven’t been paid themselves.

It’s not the end of the world, but boy is it now going to cost you more time and money to have the house completed by another builder, keep all the subcontractors happy, and chase the required paperwork so that your building certifier is able to finalise the approval process so that you can lawfully occupy your own home. Not a very pleasant experience. 

In my experience as a certifier, the biggest pain point is chasing the paperwork from your subcontractors (i.e. Form 16s, Installation Certificates, etc) so that your building certifier can finalise the approval. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, your first call should be to the QBCC to see if there are avenues under the home warranty insurance scheme that you paid into at the time the building approval was issued. Your second call should be to the building certifier to ascertain the actual status of the building approval and the required documentation that is still outstanding that your building certifier will need a copy off in order to finalise your building approval. 

If you’re building certifier is not willing to assist or either you or your certifier have disengaged themselves from the project, feel free to contact us, no guarantees we will have an easy solution, but we are always happy to steer you in the right direction.   

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