Every building project has rules. There are rules about what you can build, where you can build, and what materials you can use. There are also rules about the building process to ensure that all the work is conducted safely and does not harm any of your workers or those passing the site. If your building company doesn't follow the rules, there will be consequences; the company might find that they face a substantial fine, or they could be forced to tear down a new property and build it again in the right place or with the approved materials.
Who checks that the rules are being followed?
Initially, the plans for your building project will have been examined by a planning department to ensure that they will not adversely affect your neighbours or the local community and that the building was a good fit for that area. To obtain approval, you must have submitted detailed plans to the State Planning Commission. The work done on the site must be examined against these plans as every stage is completed. When the whole project has finished, a building approvals company will be required to sign off on the project to confirm that the project meets the agreed specifications in every way.
What will a building approvals company do?
An inspector from a building approvals company will be looking at many things when they visit your site. First, they must confirm that the structure is in the agreed location; then they will check that the agreed materials have been used throughout the construction. While some choices will have been made for aesthetic reasons, there will be other materials chosen for reasons of strength or longevity. If any materials have been substituted, they may not have sufficient strength and could cause the building to collapse. If you need to make any changes to the choice of materials, you should get them officially approved before you use them. If the change has not been agreed upon, there could be difficulties obtaining the final approval from the building approvals company.
Finally, the building approvals company will ensure that the finished building is fully compliant. They will check that all the work was done to the right quality and that every part of the agreed plans has been followed.
To learn more about how you can work with a building approvals company, speak to your local company today.