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Tenants: Building Permits

AUST - Hendry advises that occupiers of buildings typically want to change their tenancies by either altering the building or their partitioning layout, without obtaining a building permit under the building regulations. Depending on lease requirements pertinent to building regulations and planning control, occupiers must obtain the owner’s/manager’s approval before applying for building approvals, commencing work or affecting an essential safety measure under the building regulations. Tenants Cause Fire Safety Upgrades This is where the owner and occupier’s troubles commence. A lot of building owners and their representatives cause a fire safety upgrade from an authority to occur because they

Work Health and Safety Legislation: Evacuation Diagrams: Emergency Plan

NSW – Emergency Plan reports that under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, an employer must ensure that, in the event of an emergency at any place of work at which the employer’s undertaking is conducted, arrangements (such as evacuation diagrams) have been made for the safe and rapid evacuation of persons from the place of work. Furthermore, details of the arrangements for any such evacuation are kept on display in an appropriate location or locations at the place of work. AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ is designed to suit the requirements. As part of an emergency plan

Disability Access: Premises Standards: Unisex Toilet

AUST - Hendry disability access consultants advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) allows a unisex facility required for people with a disability to be counted once for each sex under Clause F2.2(c ) for the calculation of the required number of sanitary facilities to be provided when seeking a building permit. This therefore means that if, for example, there is a requirement for a toilet block to contain 10 toilets (5 for the male and 5 for the female) the installation of a single unisex toilet for people with disability will mean that only 9 toilets will be

Building Audit and the Final Fire Safety Certificate

NSW - Hendry building certifiers advise that to perform a building audit on a building a final fire safety certificate must be obtained. This certificate must be  issued upon completion of the building works, changes of use or changes of occupancy by the owner of the building specifying that the essential fire safety measures have been properly implemented and are capable of performing to a standard not less than that required by the fire safety schedule. The assessment of the essential fire safety measures must have been carried out within 3 months prior to the date on which the final fire safety certificate

Fire Stopping: Essential Safety Measures

AUST - Hendry safety measures advise building owners, building managers and sub-contractors (walls and ceilings) play a critical part in building occupant fire safety. Essential safety measures regulations have recognised this fact by strengthening the Regulation’s relative to fire stopping, over the years. Substantial essential safety measures statutory penalties under most State regulations, apply to building owners and occupiers that knowingly allow any inadequately sealed penetration in fire rate structures to exist by not providing adequate fire stopping. Equally severe penalties exist for simply chocking open fire and smoke resisting doors in a fire isolated stairwell or passageway. To comply with