A Class 2 building is often one that has two or more sole occupancy apartments and each sole occupancy unit is a single residence, like an apartment building.
A room or other area of a structure designated for one or joint owners’, lessees’, tenants’, or other occupiers’ exclusive use is referred to as a “sole occupancy unit.” A residence, such as one in a Class 2 building, or rooms or suites in other building types can be considered a solitary occupancy unit.
CLASS 2 BUILDER: REQUIREMENTS, REGISTRATION, EXEMPTION
The requirements for head contractors to successfully register as a building practitioner under the Design and Construction Practitioners Act 2020 to perform Class 2 building work are outlined in the Design and Building Practitioners Regulation 2021 (the Regulation).
Requirements for Recent Relevant Experience
- For a Body Corporate (i.e., a firm), this means that they must have a Body Corporate Nominee and hold a contractor license under the Home Building Act of 1989 authorizing them to perform general building work.
- For a Body Corporate Nominee: The nominee must possess a supervisor certificate under the Home Building Act 1989 authorizing them to perform general building work. They must have 5 years of recent, relevant, hands-on experience.
- General (Individual) Applicants: Applicants must be in possession of an endorsed contractor license that, in accordance with the Home Building Act of 1989, entitles the bearer to carry out general building work. They must have 5 years of recent, relevant, hands-on experience.
Building work involving a class 2, 3, 9a, or 9c building qualifies as relevant practical experience.
The following two education modules must be finished: 1. Regarding the Act and Regulation; 2. Regarding the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act of 1979, its pertinent sections, and Volumes 1 and 2 of the Australian Building Code.
Work Excluded from the Need for Registration:
- development is exempt, excluding waterproofing;
- work that is only considered waterproofing if it is done in a bathroom, laundry room, kitchen, or toilet and is related to a single house and is exempt development;
- Work that involves the fit-out of a building portion, but only if the portion is a Class 5 or 6 part, if the work is covered by a development permit that largely pertains to the fit-out, and to the degree that the work does not involve a structural component of the structure.
Division 3 Section 13 of the Design and Building Practitioners Regulation 2021 has a detailed list of exclusions.
Exempt development is defined as development that is designated as such by a planning instrument due to its little impact under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act of 1979.
Possible Additional Categories for class 2 builder
The NSW Government is thinking about establishing more building practitioner categories to help with jobs that shouldn’t need that much expertise and to let builders get experience if they don’t already have the required five years of relevant real-world experience. These potential categories are anticipated to be available in March 2022.
Additional categories being taken into account are:
Low Rise: refers to the execution of building work involving a class 1, 2, 3, 9a, or 9c building, and the nominee has at least three years of relevant experience in the last ten years, including one year of experience coordinating or overseeing general residential building.
A class 2 building or a building comprising a class 2 section that has a maximum gross floor area of no more than 2,000m2 is referred to as a low rise building. Type A or Type B buildings are not included in this definition.
Medium Rise: refers to the execution of building work involving a class 1, 2, 3, 9a, or 9c building, and the nominee has at least three years of relevant experience in the last ten years, including two years of experience coordinating or overseeing general residential building.
For the purposes of class 4, 5, 6, 7b, and 8 buildings, “medium rise building” refers to the following building types, but excludes those that are Type A structures:
(a) a class 2 building or a structure including a portion of a class 2 building with a maximum 3-story rise.
(b) a class 2 building or a building including a portion of a class 2 building that has a rise in storeys of no more than 4 for a building in which the ground level or first storey of the building is classified as a class 7a building.
For the past year there has been a little change in these requirements for all the kinds of builders and not just for the class 2 builders.
Some changes that class 2 builder should keep in mind:
The laws are currently applicable to “class 2 buildings” that began construction on or after July 1, 2021. Class 2 buildings are typically multi-story, multi-unit apartment structures or mixed-use structures (shops and apartments).
Reforms in the future will go beyond class 2 buildings
They also apply to class 2 structures that received a construction certificate after July 1, 2021, for certain of the building’s work. For instance, “staged construction” is used when a building is constructed over time, even if the first phase of development began before July 1, 2021.
The laws also apply to construction work done on already-existing structures that affect one of the five building components specified below. This might entail renovation, remediation, or repairs.
The following are examples of “building elements” that fall under the purview of the laws:
- a building’s fire safety systems
- an internal or external load bearing construction item or component that is crucial to the integrity of the structure
- a building element that forms the building enclosure
- those facets of a building’s mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems that must be in compliance with the Australian Building Code.
Make sure your house renovations Sydney contractors are well aware of these changes. It is better if you’re also knowledgeable about these things rather than a heavily relying on your contractors.