New nationwide access to buildings standards
Implementing new nationwide disability access standards in NSW
The Disability (Access to Premises - Buildings) Standards (the Premises Standards) and accompanying changes to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) commenced on 1 May 2011.
The Board is seeking amendments to the EP&A Regulation to assist in the implementation of the Premises Standards in NSW. It is important that all those who will be affected by the Premises Standards know how to deal with the Premises Standards under NSW legislation from 1 May 2011.
For Crown building work...
- Development commenced on or after 1 May 2011 will need to comply with the Premises Standards even if it has been certified under section 109R of the EP&A Act before 1 May 2011, unless an exception or concession under the Premises Standards applies.
- Certification issued in relation to section 109R of the EP&A Act will need to comply with the access provisions in the BCA.
For all other development...
- Development for which an application for a construction certificate or complying development certificate is lodged before 1 May 2011 will not need to comply with the Premises Standards.
- Development for which an application for a construction certificate or complying development certificate is lodged on or after 1 May 2011 will need to comply with the Premises Standards, unless an exception or concession under the Premises Standards applies.
- Compliance with the new access provisions in the BCA from 1 May 2011 will be required (it is a statutory condition of development consent and of complying development certificates that work be carried out in accordance with the BCA, as per clauses 98 and 136A of the EP&A Regulation).
For unjustifiable hardship exemptions...
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