To avoid potential conflicts of interest, Council Building Surveyors are restricted in the kinds and amount of advice they can give.
What Building Advice Can Council Provide?
Building Surveyors working for Council are able to provide advice whether a design will comply with the Building Code of Australia.
You can contact Council to arrange a meeting with a building surveyor.
Please make sure you explain the kind, size and design of the building proposed as these factors all impact on which part(s) of the Building Code and other legislative instruments are relevant. Providing copies of draft plans is useful.
What Building Advice Can Council NOT Provide?
Council Building Surveyors cannot provide advice on how to amend a plan or specification to ensure that the aspect will comply with the Building Code of Australia or a legislative requirement, except for in very limited circumstances.
Council Building Surveyors cannot propose design options for a project.
This includes developing Performance Solutions (previously called Alternative Solutions in the Building Code of Australia).
If you need help coming up with design options or developing ideas to make a proposal comply, you should contact an industry consultant.