Public officials and certifiers whats their fair share 1 dec 11

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Public officials and certifiers whats their fair share 1 dec 11

  1. 1. Public  Officials  and  Cer@fiers  –  What’s    Their  Fair  Share  of  the  Liability?  Webinar,  1  December  2011   ©  Copyright  2011  Teys  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  2. 2. Development  Process  in  NSW   Submit  Development  Applica@on  (DA)   Obtain  Development  Consent  (usually  with  condi@ons)   Obtain  Construc@on  Cer@ficate   Appoint  a  Principal  Cer@fying  Authority  (PCA)   Obtain  Occupa@on  Cer@ficate  ©  Copyright  2011  Teys  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  3. 3. About  the  PCA  •  A  PCA  is  the  only  person  who   can  issue  interim  or  final   occupa@on  cer@ficates  •  PCA  must  be  appointed   before  works  commence  •  PCA  can  be  an  accredited   cer@fier,  council  or  consent   authority  •  PCA  inspects  work  during   construc@on  and  at   comple@on  to  ensure   compliance  with  BCA   ©  Copyright  2011  Teys  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  4. 4. Du@es  of  a  PCA   •  PCA  should  check   builder  is  licenced     •  PCA  should  ensure   HOW  insurance  is  in   place   •  PCA  issues  occupa@on   cer@ficate  ©  Copyright  2011  Teys  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  5. 5. PCA  Mandatory  Inspec@ons  •  Builder  must  advise  PCA   when  inspec@ons  required  •  PCA  must  advise  builder  and   person  with  benefit  of   development  consent  of   issues  iden@fied  during   inspec@on  •  PCA  may  require  compliance   cer@ficates  or  expert  reports   at  various  stages  •  PCA  may  rely  on  cer@ficates   but  must  always  undertake   mandatory  inspec@ons   ©  Copyright  2011  Teys  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  6. 6. PCA  Mandatory  Inspec@ons  Cont.  For  class  2  buildings  (a  building  containing  2  or  more  sole  occupancy  units  each  being  a  separate  dwelling),  Environmental  Planning  and  Assessment  Act  Regula@ons  require:   Prior  to  covering  of   AZer  commencement  of   waterproofing  in  wet   excava@on  and  prior  to   areas  for  a  min  10%  of   foo@ngs   rooms  with  wet  areas   within  a  building   AZer  building  work  is   Prior  to  covering  any   completed  and  prior  to   storm  water  drainage   occupa@on  cer@ficate   connec@ons   ©  Copyright  2011  Teys  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  7. 7. Other  Obliga@ons  of  a  PCA  •  Duty  of  care  in  rela@on  to   advice  provided  and  ac@on   completed  •  Must  sa@sfy  requirements   of  relevant  authori@es  •  Must  avoid  conflict  of   interest    •  Can  only  exercise  func@ons   if  covered  by  PI  insurance   ©  Copyright  2011  Teys  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  8. 8. PCA  PI  Insurance  Requirements   •  Indemnifies  against  statutory   liability   •  Statutory  liability  is  defined  a  a   person’s  liability  to  pay   compensatory  damages  for   breach  of  professional  duty   arising  from  any  act  or  omission   whilst  ac@ng  as  a  PCA   •  Minimum  coverage  $1m  ©  Copyright  2011  Teys  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  9. 9. Main    Tasks  of  the  Building  Professionals  Board   •  Accredits  cer@fiers   •  Promotes  and  maintains   standards   •  Inves@gates  complaints   and  audits   ©  Copyright  2011  Teys  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  10. 10. Categories  of  Accredita@on  •  There  are  over  20  categories  of  accredita@on:   –  Building  Surveying  grades  1,  2  and  3  and  Building   Inspector   –  Other  categories  typically  used  in  strata  schemes   •  Accredited  cer@fier  –  structural  engineering   compliance   •  Accredited  cer@fier  –  fire  safety  engineering   compliance  •  Each  category  has  an  accredita@on  statement  lis@ng  the   criteria  to  be  sa@sfied     ©  Copyright  2011  Teys  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  11. 11. Code  of  Conduct    •  Code  does  not  override   relevant  legisla@on  •  Code  sets  standards  of   conduct  and   professionalism  •  Failure  to  comply  with   code  is  unsa@sfactory   professional  conduct   ©  Copyright  2011  Teys  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  12. 12. Disciplinary  Case  Examples   •  Building  Professionals  Board   v  Cohen  [2010]  NSWADT  62   •  Dix  v  Building  Professionals   Board  [2010]  NSWADT  160   (overturned  on  appeal  to   Supreme  Court)   Both  deal  with  failure  to  inspect  ©  Copyright  2011  Teys  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  13. 13. Thanks  for  abending  our  webinars  This  was  the  last  in  our  series  of  webinars  for  2011.    We  would  like  to  thank  you  all  for  joining  us  this  year  and  we  extend  our  best  for  the  season  to  you  all.   ©  Copyright  2011  Teys  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  
  14. 14. About  The  Presenter   Chris   worked   for   many   years   in   leading   commercial   construc@on   law   prac@ces   ac@ng   for   government,   developers   and   contractors   in   disputes   in   the   building,   transport   infrastructure   and   resources   sectors.   He   has   been   involved   in   all   forms   of   dispute   resolu@on   including  li@ga@on,  arbitra@on  and  alterna@ve  dispute  resolu@on  in   a   range   of   jurisdic@ons   in   Australia.   In   the   last   few   years,   he   has   brought  his  specialist  construc@on  industry  knowledge  to  the  strata   sector   and   now   only   acts   for   owners   corpora@ons   in   a   range   of   disputes  in  various  jurisdic@ons.    TEYS   Lawyers   prac@ce   na@onally   in   strata   @tle   law   represen@ng   owners   corpora@ons,  bodies   corporate   and   apartment   owners.     The   firm’s   prac@ce   groups   include   building  defects,  management  rights,  strata  community  disputes,  by-­‐laws  and  rules  and  levy  and  fee  collec@on.  Subscribe   for   their   free   e-­‐newsleber   StrataSpace   and   find   out   more   about   them   at  www.teyslawyers.com.au   ©  Copyright  2011  Teys  Lawyers                  www.teyslawyers.com.au  

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