Industry legislation


National construction code

The national construction code of Australia (NCC) is an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). It was developed to incorporate all on-site construction requirements into a single code.

The NCC comprises the Building Code of Australia (BCA), Volumes 1 and 2, and the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA) as Volume 3.

View the NCC on the Australian Building Codes Board website

Building policy

Building work is a form of development. No development, including building work, can be undertaken in South Australia without an appropriate development approval.

In most cases the approving authority is the local council.

View a summary of the building policy in SA and an explanation of development applications.

The framework for development assessment and for building rules and standards in South Australia is provided by the Development Act 1993 and associated Development Regulations 2008.

Site contamination

Site contamination can be an issue of significant concern. If it is not adequately recognised and addressed there may be a resulting risk to human health and the environment.

TheEnvironment Protection (Site Contamination) Amendment Act 2007 gives the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) powers to deal with site contamination. The EPA takes an advisory and guiding role, consistent with the

National Environment Protection (Assessment of Site Contamination) Measure (NEPM) 1999.

Regulations governing site contamination are covered in Part 5 of the Environment Protection Regulations 2009.

These regulations support theEnvironment Protection (Site Contamination) Amendment Act 2007 by providing for the site contamination audit system and the listing of potentially contaminating activities. The schedules to the regulations also provide templates for use by auditors. These include notifications by auditors to the EPA when commencing or terminating an audit. View an outline of the site contamination legislation and regulations and regulations on the EPA website.

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