For builders

Strata building bond and inspections scheme

The builder or principal contractor of a strata building project may have completed the building work before an occupation certificate is issued. For the purposes of this Scheme, the building work will be first inspected for defective building work by a building inspector between 15 and 18 months after the occupation certificate has been issued.

The inspections are carried out to identify defective building work. The inspections do not provide another level of compliance.

If defective building work is identified during the interim inspection, the builder responsible for that defective building work, needs to fix it after the interim report is submitted and before the final inspection is conducted between 21 and 24 months.

Strata building bond and inspections scheme online portal

The developer must provide the builder’s details, including an email address, when they lodge the building bond in the Strata building bond and inspection scheme online portal.

The portal will send the builder notifications to the email address provided by the developer. The builder should verify that email address and make sure it’s correct.

The builder will be able to search the portal for all the projects they are involved with. The builder can confirm or dispute their involvement with projects they have been connected to by the developer. The builder can also check the progress of any of their projects, so they can plan for any rectification of defective building work required after the interim report is issued.

1. Bond lodgement

Does not directly affect the builder.

2. Inspector appointment

Does not directly affect the builder.

3. Interim inspection and report

Once appointed by either the developer or the Building Bond Secretary, a building inspector will conduct an interim inspection and upload their report to the portal between 15 and 18 months after an occupation certificate has been issued for the project.

The builder will be notified via the portal that the report is available.

4. Rectify defective building work

The developer is responsible for arranging with the builder, rectification of any identified defective building work in the interim report before the final inspection is carried out between 21 and 24 months.

The builder must give at least 14 days written notice to the owners corporation, the developer, the owner and any occupant of their intention to enter any part of the strata lot for an inspection or to fix defective building work. The builder can issue these notifications through the portal. After providing proper notice, the builder can enter the lot only when it’s reasonable, or at a time agreed with the owner or occupant of the lot. A person cannot unreasonably refuse a builder access to any part of the strata scheme if the builder has given proper notice.

Tribunal orders - access to a strata scheme

A builder can apply to the Tribunal for an order to allow the builder access to the lot or any other part of the scheme to rectify the defective building work.

For further details on the Tribunal orders, refer to key terms above

5. Final inspection and report

The building inspector will conduct the final inspection. This happens between 21 and 24 months after the occupation certificate is issued for the project. The building inspector will upload their report to the portal and the builder will be notified that it’s available to view.

The final report will identify:

  • any defects identified in the interim inspection report that have not been rectified
  • any defective building work as a result of the rectification of defective building work previously identified in the interim report
  • how the defective building work identified in the report should be rectified.

A defect not included in the interim report cannot be included in the final report.

Once the building inspector uploads the report to the portal, notification is given to the builder responsible for any defective building work identified in that report.

6. Paying the building bond

Does not directly affect the building inspector.

7. Completing the process

Does not directly affect the building inspector.

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