Building Control Act

The Building Control Act aims to ensure that building works comply with standards  for safety, accessibility, environmental sustainability and buildability. All building works, except those that are minor and exempted under the First Schedule of the Building Control Regulations, will require plan approval from the Commissioner of Building Control.

Building works refer to:

  1. Erection, extension or demolition of a building
  2. Alteration, addition or repair of a building
  3. Provision, extension or alteration of any air-conditioning service or ventilating system in or in connection with a building,

and it includes site formation works connected with or carried out for the purpose of (a), (b) or (c).

Building plan approval process

The typical process of getting building plan approval is illustrated in the following flow chart:


Approved Document

The design and construction of a building must comply to performance requirements prescribed in the Building Control Regulations. Please refer to the Approved Document for acceptable solutions.

Building Control Act subsidiary legislation:

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