Legislative Update to Combustible Cladding

Kerry Attwill

The rapid spread of fire in the 2017 London Grenfell Tower tragedy was greatly exacerbated by the flammable cladding on the exterior of the building. As a result, authorities across the globe are now investigating the safety risks of certain cladding products.

The Queensland Government last year introduced the Building and Other Legislation (Cladding) Amendment Regulation 2018, which affects various types of buildings, including but not limited to: multi-residential units (i.e. strata schemes), shops, hospitality venues, offices, warehouses and factories. Houses, townhouses and sheds are not affected by this legislation.

The purpose of this legislation is to determine the existence of potentially combustible cladding on private buildings via a three part process:

If your building meets all four of the following criteria you must complete the checklist:

  1. Privately-owned

  2. Building class 2 to 9

  3. Type A or B construction

  4. Built or modified since 1 January 1994

If you sell an affected property building prior to completion of the three part process, you will need to provide the required form to the buyer and to the QBCC. The buyer will then be responsible for complying with the process following settlement.

We encourage you to contact our office for further advice if you are concerned that your building may be affected by this legislation.

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