TASMANIAN Planning and Local Government Minister Peter Gutwein last week said the State Government is delivering on its promise to cut red and green tape, with the next stage of the review of Tasmania's Building Regulatory Framework now under way.
Following the release of an Issues Paper in July that outlined the challenges and obstacles holding back the state's building industry, the Director of Building Control has now released a Position Paper seeking feedback on 59 recommendations and options to cut red and green tape.
Among other things, the proposed changes aim to simplify the permit process while supporting the delivery of safer, more effective and more sustainable buildings. Some of the key recommendations include:
- Increasing the threshold for minor works not subject to the building permit process from $5,000 to $20,000 or removing it completely;
- Allow builders to self-certify certain low risk building work such as car ports and sheds;
- Reduce the time required to assess building compliance by allowing standard pre-approved residential designs in a similar way to how automatic planning approval can be achieved in certain circumstances; and
- Improve and simplify the disputes resolution process.
"The building and construction sector is a key industry in Tasmania worth more than $2.2 billion and employing around 17,500 Tasmanians," Mr Gutwein said.
"We have already taken steps to reduce red tape by reviewing how the National Construction Code operates in Tasmania, resulting in a more than 40 per cent reduction in variations from 2015.
"Unfortunately, the sector is still being held back by rules and regulations which have barely changed since they came into effect a decade ago.
"By getting rid of the bureaucratic red and green tape, we make it easier for people to do business in Tasmania, which in turn drives economic growth and creates jobs."
More information about the Building Regulatory Framework Review is available from the Department of Justice website at <http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/building/regulation/building_regulatory_framework_review>. The Position Paper is also available directly from this link (PDF: 1.46 MB). The public comment period closes on 30 January 2015.