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Ministerial Views

The Building Standards Division publishes anonymised details of cases referred to it for a Ministerial View. The published details will include:

  • The functional standard(s) over which there is doubt about compliance;
  • The technical context to help explain how the issues have arising; and
  • The key elements of the view response, including the interpretation of any relevant guidance.

Each case is treated anonymously in order to preserve the privacy of the applicant for building warrant and their building project.

We hope the information published in this format will be helpful, but it should be noted that the details should only be considered in connection with the individual project referred for a view rather than setting a precedent for all future similar projects.

Ministerial View Request Form

 

Section 2 - Fire
Date Building Type Functional Standards Issue
August 28, 2017 Non-Domestic 2.9 Provide occupants with opportunity to escape
September 8, 2016 Non-Domestic 2.2 Fire separation between areas of different occupation
August 19, 2016 Non-Domestic 2.9 Provide occupants with opportunity to escape
April 20, 2016 Non-Domestic 2.9 Provide occupants with opportunity to escape
February 26, 2016 Domestic 2.9 Provide occupants with opportunity to escape
February 5, 2016 Non-Domestic 2.9 Provide occupants with opportunity to escape
February 1, 2016 Non-Domestic 2.9 Provide occupants with opportunity to escape
October 20, 2015 Domestic 2.4 Provision of cavity barriers
May 6, 2015 Non-Domestic 2.9 Provide occupants with opportunity to escape
November 18, 2014 Non-Domestic 2.9 + 2.14 Provide occupants with opportunity to escape and facilities for fire fighters
October 21, 2014 Domestic 2.4 Provision of cavity barriers
August 14, 2014 Domestic 2.9 Provide occupants with opportunity to escape
March 8, 2013 Non-Domestic 2.9 Travel distance
February 11, 2013 Non-Domestic 2.1 + 2.6 Inhibit fire spread within a building and to adjacent buildings
February 6, 2013 Domestic 2.9 + 2.1 Compartmentation and means of escape from a building
January 24, 2013 Non-Domestic 2.1 Compartmentation
October 16, 2012 Non-Domestic 2.9 + 2.1 Compartmentation and to provide the occupants with opportunity to escape
June 25, 2012 Non-Dom 2.9 Provide occupants with opportunity to escape
June 9, 2011 Domestic / Non-Domestic 2.2 Separation and to provide occupants with opportunity to escape
May-11 Domestic 2.4 Provision of cavity barriers
July 19, 2010 Non-Domestic 2.9 Provide occupants with opportunity to escape
February 11, 2010 Non-Domestic 2.9 Provide occupants with opportunity to escape
February 11, 2010 Non-Domestic 2.9 Provide occupants with opportunity to escape
October 2, 2009 Non-Domestic 2.9 Provide occupants with oppprtunity to escape
March 5, 2009 Domestic 2.9 Means of escape and facilities for fire fighters
December 3, 2008 Domestic 2.14 Fire service facilities
August 13, 2008 Domestic 2.9 Escape to a place of safety
February 1, 2008 Domestic 2.15 Use of concealed sprinkler heads
December 20, 2007 Non-Domestic 2.9 Escape Stair to place of safety
October 2, 2007 Domestic 2.9 Fire Resistance of Ceilings to a Protected Enclosure
May 1, 2007 Domestic 2.9 Escape windows
December 7, 2006 Non-Domestic 2.9 Fire Resistance Duration of Protected Zone
September 28, 2006 Domestic 2.9 Non Provision of Door Closers
August 18, 2006 Domestic 2.9 Non Provision of Door Closers
August 14, 2006 Domestic 2.9 Provision of Protected Enclosures
May 19, 2006 Non-Domestic 2.4 Cavity barriers and air plenums
December 22, 2005 Non-Domestic 2.9 Exits from lecture theatres
 

 

Section 3 - Environment
Date Building Type Functional Standards Issue
March 31, 2015 Domestic 3.14 + 3.16 Ventilation and Natural Lighting
December 18, 2013 Domestic 3.16 Natural Lighting
July 14, 2011 Domestic 3.11

Provision of accessible kitchen facilities

September 17, 2009 Domestic 3.11 Provision of accessible kitchen facilities
December 17, 2008 Domestic 3.12 Accessible sanitary accommodation
December 17, 2008 Domestic 3.11 Accessible kitchen facilities
July 3, 2008 Domestic 3.11 Kitchen facilities within a dwelling
June 2, 2008 Non Domestic 3.12 Accessible sanitary accommodation

 

Section 4 - Safety
Date Building Type Functional Standards Issue
February 23, 2016 Non-Domestic 4.2 Danger from heat, and hot water safety
March 17, 2015 Non-Domestic 4.2 Access within buildings
December 24, 2014 Non-Domestic 4.2 Access within buildings
June 11, 2014 Non-Domestic 4.8 Danger from accidents
May 19, 2014 Domestic 4.2 Access within buildings
January 24, 2014 Domestic 4.8 Danger from accidents
January 21, 2014 Non-Domestic 4.2 Access within buildings
October 18, 2013 Non-Domestic 4.2 Access within buildings
February 26, 2013 Domestic 4.2 Access within buildings
February 24, 2012 Non-Domestic 4.2 Access within Buildings
September 16, 2011 Domestic 4.2 Access within Buildings
April 21, 2011 Non-Domestic 4.2 Access within Buildings
November 5, 2010 Non-Domestic 4.2 Means of access between levels in a building
September 1, 2010 Non-Domestic 4.2 Means of access between levels in a building
May 26, 2010 Domestic 4.2 Access throughout the principal living level in a dwelling
March 19, 2010 Non-Domestic 4.2 Means of access between levels in a building
February 16, 2009 Non-Domestic 4.2 Means of access between levels in a building
February 16, 2009 Domestic 4.3 Safe means of access between levels
October 14, 2008 Non-Domestic 4.2 Access within Building
August 21, 2008 Non-Domestic 4.2 Access within Building
July 28, 2008 Non-Domestic 4.2 Unassisted and convenient access between levels within a building
June 2, 2008 Non-Domestic 4.2 Means of Access between levels in a building
February 25, 2008 Non-Domestic 4.2 Means of Access between levels in a building