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  • Old building permits lapsing

    March 03, 2020

    The relatively new Building Act 2016 recognises building permits issued under previous legislation. This recognition however includes a cut-off date of 1 July 2020. This means that building permits issued before 1 January 2017 will cease to have effect on 1 July 2020 if the permitted work is not completed or the permit cancelled before that date. This cut-off may cause confusion with some older jobs where the building permit did not have an expiry date and final paperwork may not have been lodged with the local council or misplaced by that council.

  • Difficulties getting plumbing certificate

    January 21, 2020

    The Building Act 2016 requires plumbers to provide standard of work certificates for notifiable and permit plumbing work. This is Form 71B. HIA is aware of some builders having trouble obtaining this document from plumbers and some guidance follows.

  • Undertaking building works

    December 02, 2019

    HIA gets numerous enquiries from members who have undertaken building work only to find out that that a building permit or certificate of likely compliance has not been issued for that work. This can lead to expensive legal costs and significant penalties.

  • Pellet heaters

    October 15, 2019

    We have had a number of enquiries regarding the installation of pellet heater and whether they require a building permit.

  • TasBuild - request for information from employers

    October 10, 2019

    The HIA has become aware of TasBuild showing greater interest in requesting information from employers or possible employers in relation to the status of their workers.

  • Expression of Interest sought by CBOS for Pool of Experts

    October 01, 2019

    CBOS is seeking to appoint building experts

  • The Tasmania Government continues to fast track the rezoning of land for residential purposes

    October 02, 2019

    The new legislation, known as the Housing Land Supply Order, came into effect in July 2018. The legislation essentially fast tracks the rezoning of land for residential purposes through a streamlined process, so as to enable a greater supply of affordable housing in Tasmania.

  • Business consultation with Deloitte's Commercial Advisory

    September 02, 2019

    Free 30 minute business advisory consultation. Deloitte's Commercial Advisory team specialises in helping build better businesses.

  • Variations to a Residential Building Contract

    September 02, 2019

    The residential building legislation in Tasmania since 2017 make it an offence for variations to not be in written form before additional work is carried out and also make it an offence for a variation document to not comply with formal requirements.

  • Contract assistance

    September 02, 2019

    HIA Workplace Services provides members with information and answers to questions about the HIA contracts.

  • Legal consultation with Simmons Wolfhagen Lawyers

    January 22, 2020

    Free 30 minute legal consultation with HIA Professional member Simmons Wolfhagen Lawyers.

  • Deposits and progress payments

    August 01, 2019

    The law in Tasmania imposes restrictions on builders receiving deposits and progress payments when they are carrying out residential building work.

  • TasWater Technical Refresher Session

    July 04, 2019

    TasWater Technical Refresher Sessions

  • Taxation Law Update

    July 04, 2019

    Builders are already required to withhold PAYG from payments made to contractors who do not provide an Australian Business Number (ABN).

  • New clearance requirements to timber cladding and finished ground level

    June 03, 2019

    Timber and composite sheet cladding to be provided with a minimum clearance between cladding and finished ground level.

  • Does your company need a building licence?

    May 20, 2019

    Last year the Tasmanian government amended the Occupational Licensing Act to clarify that licensing a building company is not mandatory.

  • Employee not contractor for compensation purposes

    May 20, 2019

    In a recent case the Supreme Court of Tasmania has allowed a contractor to claim compensation from a builder for a spinal injury sustained in the course of work.

  • Compliance requirements with the introduction of NCC 2019

    May 20, 2019

    With the introduction of National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 on 1 May 2019, a number members have raised concerns regarding when they need to apply the new provisions.

  • Survey or detailed inspection of building works reports.

    May 20, 2019

    A survey or dilapidation inspection report is a report based on the current condition of a property at a given point in time.

  • Would you like to exhibit at the biggest home and renovation show in Tasmania?

    March 28, 2019

    HIA is holding its annual building and renovation expo, homeFEST at Princes Wharf on 11 & 12 May 2019.