ATTENTION ALL LICENSED BUILDERS AND BUILDING CONTRACTORS
The Development (Trusses) Variation Regulations 2011, come into effect on 1st July 2012.
In 2002 a partial collapse of the roof structure at the Riverside Golf Club tragically claimed the lives of two people and injured many more. This resulted in a number of actions by the government including a prosecution, amendments to the Development Act 1993, an inquest by the coroner and the formation of a Ministerial Taskforce on Trusses.
A key issue for the Taskforce was to ensure that there are clear pathways of responsibility and accountability. It is important to ensure that all systems and procedures relating to the design, approval, manufacture, handling, installation and inspection of roof trusses, are robust and appropriate.
(NOTE: These regulations are also applicable to steel and conventional roof framing).
Your responsibilities in relation to this new legislation are as follows:
MANDATORY NOTIFICATION STAGES
A licensed building work contractor who is carrying out the work, or who is in charge of carrying out the work, must notify the Council at the following stages.
One business days notice of:
a) COMMENCEMENT OF BUILDING WORK ON THE SITE;
b) PLACING OF CONCRETE IN ANY FOOTING OR OTHER STRUCTURAL MEMBER THAT TRANSFERS LOAD DIRECTLY TO A FOUNDATION;
c) THE COMPLETION OF ALL ROOF FRAMING FORMING PART OF THE BUILDING WORK (INCLUDING TOP AND BOTTOM CHORD RESTRAINTS, BRACING AND TIE-DOWNS);
d) THE COMPLETION OF BUILDING WORK.
The City of Victor Harbor will include a list of mandatory notification stages with the development approval documents when they are issued.
Notification may be given:
a) by written notice left with Council;
b) by posting it to Council – PO Box 11 Victor Harbor SA 5211;
c) by faxing it to Council – 8551 0501;
d) by telephone – 8551 0500; or
e) by email to Council – mailto:email@example.com
f) by using our Mandatory Notifications Form
The supervisor’s checklist includes provisions relating to the handling, installation and inspection of roof framing, which must be systematically “ticked off” during the delivery and construction of the roof framing system.
A completed supervisor’s checklist, signed by a registered building work supervisor who has undertaken the required training, must be provided to Council within 1 business day after giving notice that the roof framing is complete.
The supervisor’s checklist is required on 100% of building rules consents involving the construction of roof framing.
ROOF FRAMING MUST NOT BE CONCEALED
After giving notice that the roof framing is complete, a person must not conceal the framing until after the expiration of 2 clear business days (ie. No roof or wall cladding installed).
A person who breaches any of the above requirements is guilty of an offence, and may be liable to pay an expiation fee of $500, or be liable to a maximum penalty of $10,000.
Notification of roof frame completion, supervisor’s checklists and roof concealment do not apply to:
- Class 10 buildings, other than where the Class 10 building is attached to any part of the roof of a building of another class; or
- Transportable buildings.
PROVISION OF TRUSS INFORMATION
A person who is engaged to manufacture a roof truss must, before commencing the work, provide the information required by the Schedule 5 – Roof Framing Checklist, to Council and to the licensed building work contractor responsible for the building work.
This means that you must ensure that your roof truss manufacturer provides this checklist to Council before commencement of structural framing.
A person who fails to provide this checklist, as required, is guilty of an offence.
(Maximum Penalty: $5,000, Expiation Fee: $315)
Should you require additional information or wish to discuss any of the above matters please contact Mr Kym Overall at the City of Victor Harbor on 8551 0535 or 0421 053118.
A publication titled “Guide to Safer Roof Framing” provides a detailed background and guidance to assist the building industry, councils and private certifiers to understand the new rules related to design, documentation, assessment, approval , storage, handling, construction and inspection of roof framing. This document is available from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure website.
Another useful link to find out more information about building work supervisor requirements is: