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NSW goes digital with new Planning Portal

NSW goes digital with new Planning Portal

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Planning Portal) Regulation 2020 commenced on July 1, 2020, introducing some important changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000. The amendments require the use of the NSW planning portal...

New legislation on Residential Apartment Buildings

New legislation on Residential Apartment Buildings

The New South Wales Parliament passed two important bills earlier this year that will potentially increase the risk to landowners, not just developers, being mandated to carry out building rectifications. Under the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2019 and the...

New NCC 2019 Amendment 1 adopted by all states and territories

New NCC 2019 Amendment 1 adopted by all states and territories

From July 1, all Australian States and Territories have adopted NCC 2019 Amendment 1, which was a result of decisions made by the Building Ministers’ Forum and the Board. NCC 2019 Amendment 1 includes: A new provision on egress from early childhood centres; An update...

Is this the end of Interim and Final Occupation Certificates?

Is this the end of Interim and Final Occupation Certificates?

Interim Occupation Certificates are regularly used by our Accredited Building Certifiers to authorise the occupation of a partially completed development, or the use of a building that has changed its Building Code of Australia classification. They are particularly...

Do Crown authorities need development approval?

Do Crown authorities need development approval?

Development approvals by Crown authorities are a source of confusion for many of our clients. We asked Nathaniel Murray, Director of NSW Town Planning, to explain the process and provide tips for your next Crown development. It’s one of the most misunderstood...

What to expect in the NCC 2019

What to expect in the NCC 2019

The updated National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 is now available online and will be adopted from 1 May. It features the most significant changes to the Code since it was introduced in 1996, including 20 new verification methods and an overhaul of energy efficiency...

Building confidence in the construction industry

Building confidence in the construction industry

The NSW Government recently announced its response to the Building Confidence Report that was commissioned in 2017, after independent experts found national problems in the construction industry. The Government is supporting the majority of recommendations in the...

Commercial office space: looking beyond the CBD

Commercial office space: looking beyond the CBD

In the last 12 months, MBC has experienced significant growth. We’ve established an external Advisory Board and recruited new team members, as well as created a Construction Management Scholarship with the University of Newcastle that will attract new and diverse...

Safety in design: beyond the Building Code of Australia

Safety in design: beyond the Building Code of Australia

The National Construction Code (NCC) provides the minimum requirements for health, safety, amenity and sustainability in the design and construction of new and existing buildings. However, many developers confuse these minimum standards for best practice and forget to...

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