Tasmania's Building Bill 2016 passed by State Parliament

TASMANIAN Building and Construction Minister Guy Barnett last week announced that the Building Bill 2016 has been passed by State Parliament, which forms part of a package of reforms to the building industry.

Mr Barnett said the new legislation will make gaining approvals to build in Tasmania fairer, faster, simpler and cheaper, and will complement the government's planning reforms.

"The Bill introduces a risk-based approach to building and plumbing approvals that will remove the need for building permits for many projects, up to and including two-storey houses," Mr Barnett said.

House under construction
Above: House under construction / by Jaksmata.

"By minimising the regulatory burden, we will help to reduce costs and delays, which can discourage investment in new construction," the Minister said, adding that appropriate protections will be retained for consumers and the wider community.

The Building Bill is part of a package of legislative reform to the building industry and will come into effect only when all such legislation is passed and after communication and training with the industry.

"The Liberal Government is continuing to support the building industry with a doubling of the First Home Builders Grant to $20,000 to encourage more Tasmanians to have the confidence to build a new home," Mr Barnett said.

"Through our Affordable Housing Action Plan, we are also building 941 new homes for vulnerable Tasmanian households."

More information is available from the Department of Justice website at <http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/building/regulation/building_regulatory_framework_review>.

Photo: 'Wood-framed house' / Jaksmata / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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