Hoardings Permits and Processes
It is a community expectation that the street environment and public and private property will be kept safe from hazards and unreasonable nuisance during building activity.
Building Regulations require councils to consider and decide certain matters to do with the erection of barriers or hoardings designed to protect the public, and/or for security of a building site. A building surveyor is also under statutory duty to not permit the commencement of building work before precautionary measures are approved and, where necessary, consented to by council.
Council will give balanced consideration of safety and amenity around the construction of hoardings. Some building works will cause inconvenience because of temporary street and footpath closure, so in applications the impact on the street should be demonstrated as necessary, unavoidable and reasoned. Council considerations will generally be made with a view to discourage street closure where possible. Affected parties should be notified of changes in street conditions where deemed necessary.
Applying for the erection of hoardings over a street alignment
An application form will need to be completed for report and consent and an Application to Erect Hoarding over a Street Alignment and submit via post or email with additional elevant documentation.
To better understand the application process please refer to the VBA Practice Note 58-2018.
Responsibilities of the building surveyor
Under the Building Regulations the relevant building surveyor is responsible to determine when precautions are necessary.
Under the Building Regulations the relevant building surveyor has a duty to seek details of any required precautionary measures as further information to a building permit application. If the need for precautions arises before or during building work, the relevant building surveyor must consider public protection. Details should not be referred to Council for consent unless first assessed and approved by the relevant building surveyor.
Because determination of a requirement and approval of precautions is in the hands of the RBS an applicant cannot seek consent of Council without prior RBS involvement.
The relevant building surveyor is responsible for building control functions within his or her jurisdiction. Precautions are enforceable by the RBS both as “building work” and as a factor affecting safety - and may be enforced by such means as a direction to fix, a stop work order or a court order via the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) or council with (or without) prosecution of an offence under the Building Act.
The relevant building surveyor must not issue a building permit where precautions are to project over the street alignment unless consent of Council has been first obtained.