The QBCC has received complaints from pool owners about Pool Safety Inspectors (PSIs) issuing nonconformity notices that don’t comply with the requirements of the Building Act 1975.
Whilst it is not mandatory for PSIs to use a Form 26 when issuing a nonconformity notice, a Form 26 includes all the details that are required.
A Form 26 also includes required information about the appeals process and how to contact the building and development dispute resolution committees, as a pool owner who disagrees with a nonconformity notice may appeal to the committees.
Pool safety inspectors (PSIs) have reported that they are receiving increasing numbers of requests for advice only, rather than a formal inspection.
The pool safety inspector guidelines recommend clearly documenting the arrangement so that the customer understands what service is being provided - whether advice only or a formal pool safety inspection.
Foundations data is used to determine the cost of earthworks and may include, for example, soil tests and contour surveys.
As a licensed contractor, you must obtain the foundations data and incorporate any costs into the contract before it is signed by the property owner.
An exemption is granted if you, as the contractor, are not legally entitled to enter the building site to obtain the data before the contract is signed and the contract guarantees there will be no price increase when the data is obtained at a later date.
With the pool safety compliance deadline just around the corner, some pool owners will want to do significant work to their pool fence.
Pool owners can already do some repairs and maintenance on a pool fence without building approval. Some owners can do further works without building approval provided they have the work inspected by a pool safety inspector (PSI).
This applies to work on a barrier for an existing non-shared pool for a class 1a building (house or townhouse), and there are limits for fences over two metres in height.