In a further crackdown on the use of combustible cladding, the Victorian Building Authority is contacting registered builders and property developers to ask for a report on the type of cladding they intend to use on the exteriors of projects and multi-storey buildings under construction.

More than 800 individuals and companies have been asked to confirm what building materials have been specified for use on projects that have not started or are in progress, as part of the Victorian state-wide cladding audit.

This comes after the VBA received $16.5 million from the Victorian Government to continue addressing non-compliant cladding and increase site inspections across the state.

The VBA has now inspected more than 95 percent of occupied buildings prioritised by the Taskforce and is also focusing on current and upcoming projects considered at risk of using combustible cladding.

As part of the notice:

  • Building surveyors will be asked to review building permit documentation, particularly in relation to fire safety.
  • All recipients will have received a copy of the Building Product Safety Alert warning on the dangers of improper use of ACP and EPS as external cladding, and Minister’s Guideline 14.
  • Property developers and building companies will be directed to ensure prescribed combustible cladding is not used on future projects, unless approved by the Building Appeals Board.

The VBA estimates that responses will take 10 minutes to complete and can be made via the Authority’s website, email or by post. Responses must be completed by 5pm, Friday, 8 June 2018.

Failure to respond to the request is considered an offence and may result in disciplinary action from the VBA.