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Information on home building standards and regulations

Understanding the processes behind applying for DAs, building approvals and maintaining standards and environmental requirements can be extremely complex. And getting approval can be difficult. By understanding the requirements in advance, and being clear about what applies in your state, you can potentially avoid complications.

Development approvals

Submitting a DA means understanding the local council’s requirements for design first. More

Building approvals

Every job needs to be designed properly to ensure you can get a building approval. More

BCA & Australian standards

All building work must comply with the requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA). More

Environment rules

New environment building rules are a positive step but not every state has the same rules. More

Materials & defects

Find out what to do if a defect occurs and get information on testing out new products. More

Health & safety

Stay OH&S compliant and keep your team safe by implementing policies. More

Licensing & registration

Understand the requirements that apply to you as an individual to hold a license or be registered. More

Ask the experts

HIA’s Building and Planning Services team work across Australia to help members understand rules and regulations, and get DA approval. More