The building approval documents that are issued by D G Certifiers Pty Ltd, will state which inspections are required and at what stages of construction.
Mandatory inspections must be carried out on all approved building permits. The builder or owner must notify the building certifier (by telephone, in writing, by email or book an inspection now) when building work is ready for inspection.
The inspection will ensure that the building work is being carried out in accordance with the building permit and relevant building standards. Building inspections required are detailed in the Decision Notice when the building permit is issued by the Certifier. Example stage inspections but not limited to are:
- Footing inspection of the foundation material and the reinforcing steel before concrete is placed. This inspection can be done by either the engineer or certifier.
- Slab inspection to check on the bearing capacity of the soil, and inspection of the moisture-proof barrier; termite protection and the reinforcing steel before concrete is placed. This inspection can be done by either the engineer or certifier.
- Frame inspection of the frame including timber sizes, fixing, tie-down and bracing the cladding or wall linings are fixed.
- Final check on any previous outstanding items and the collection of certificates such as termite protection, wet area membrane installation, glazing, and certification of engineer designed elements such as roof trusses.
There may be other inspections required as per the building permit.
The Final inspection will cover aspects such as but not limited to:
The control and discharge of stormwater.
Gutters and downpipes (sizing and number of).
Finished floor heights.
Support of any earthworks necessary to protect the building and other property.
Drainage and ponding (Protection against water penetration).
Fire safety issues such as hard-wired smoke alarms.
Light and ventilation.
Wet areas (Waterproofing).
Energy efficiency requirements e.g. glazing; insulation; fans.
Lift-off hinges to toilet door.
Termite protection and treatment notice.
Stairs and balustrades.
More details on the legislative requirements concerning inspections can be found in the Building Regulation 2006.
In addition to the above building inspections, there are also mandatory plumbing and drainage inspections. Contact your local council for more details on what inspections may be required or enquire with DG Certifiers.