Regulating Victoria’s building industry is a shared responsibility reliant on co-operation, information sharing and accountability.
- Private building surveyors are primarily responsible for ensuring buildings are built in compliance with the building legislation, and they are safe, accessible and energy efficient. Once appointed, they are involved for the duration of the building project, issue the building permit if they are satisfied the design is compliant, carry out or organise mandatory inspections and are responsible for issuing occupancy permits or certificates of final inspection.
- Local government has oversight of all building work and building stock within their municipality. They are responsible for addressing emergency situations. This oversight includes the use of statutory powers to ensure compliance with the Building Act 1993 (the Act).
- The VBA has oversight of registered builders and building surveyors. It can also take disciplinary or prosecutorial action for breaches of the building legislation.