Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 30 November 2017) . . Page.. 5587 ..
2. No advice was provided to the Minister’s office to inform sign off of building materials used on the CHWC building project or indeed any building projects within the Territory. Specific ministerial advice to inform material selection details on construction projects is unnecessary and impractical.
Construction industry—building approvals
(Question No 838)
Ms Lawder asked the Minister for Planning and Land Management, upon notice, on 1 December 2017 (redirected to the Minister for Regulatory Services):
(1) What course of action is available for people who have purchased a unit that differs significantly to the plan.
(2) Are builders required to inform the ACT Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) of any changes to building plans; if so, how soon after the changes and how many of these changes has the EPSDD received in the last 12 months.
(3) Are builders required to inform the constituent of any changes to the building plans where a constituent has purchased a unit off the plan; if so, how soon after the changes.
(4) What recourse do constituents have in circumstances where they have not been advised of the changes.
(5) Are builders required to inform owners of any changes to building plans; if so, how soon after the changes and what recourse do owners have in circumstances where they have not been advised of the changes.
(6) Is there a standard that common walls in units and townhouse buildings are required to meet; if so, what are these standards or applicable legislation.
(7) Does the EPSDD have the power to prosecute builders that do not comply with building codes; if so, how many prosecutions has the EPSDD undertaken in the last five years.
(8) Does EPSDD have the power to prosecute builders that do not comply with the approved building plans; if so, how many prosecutions has EPSDD undertaken in the last five years.
(9) Is there a requirement for builders to rectify any changes to building plans; if so, how would a constituent go about achieving this.
(10) What recourse is available to constituents who have purchased a property where the plans are significantly different to the final build.
Mr Ramsay: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) The ability of the developer/builder to alter a building is dependent on the contract that a prospective purchaser enters into. In some cases the contract between the