Building Code of Australia
The Building Code of Australia (BCA) is a uniform set of technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings and other structures throughout Australia. The BCA is given legal effect by building regulatory legislation in each State and Territory. Any provision of the BCA may be overridden by, or subject to, State or Territory legislation. The BCA must therefore be read in conjunction with that legislation.
The BCA is produced and maintained by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) on behalf of the Australian Government and State and Territory Governments. The BCA has been given the status of building regulations by all States and Territories.
The goals of the BCA are to enable the achievement and maintenance of acceptable standards of structural sufficiency, safety (including safety from fire), health and amenity for the benefit of the community now and in the future. These goals are applied so that the BCA extends no further than is necessary in the public interest, are cost effective, easily understood, and are not needlessly onerous in its application.
The BCA contains technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings and other structures, covering such matters as structure, fire resistance, access and egress, services and equipment, and certain aspects of health and amenity.
It is important that any builder or contractor you employ for your renovation work is familiar with the Code and its requirements as they relate to their profession or trade. This exists for a reason, and that is to maintain minimum standards to ensure the safe and sound construction of your home or renovation.
For more detailed information about the Building Code of Australia, and its contents, please visit the Australian Building Codes Board website.