Planning on building or developing property in central Melbourne? A new code of practice for building, construction and works in the City of Melbourne took effect on March 17.

This regulatory framework sets out the requirements that must be put in place at construction sites to ensure the safety and comfort of the public – and it’s the biggest rewrite of the construction code in 20 years.

Deputy Lord Mayor Nicholas Reece said the new code is designed to act as a guide for builders and developers working in Melbourne, while making it easier for the industry to deliver projects in the city.

“The code provides simple, detailed advice to the construction industry, enabling a more streamlined process for works planning, applications, approvals and compliance,” he said.

The code includes information on:

  • Permits, works planning and documentation
  • Hoardings
  • Gantries, hoisting zones and site sheds
  • Perimeter scaffolding and catch fans
  • Cranes
  • Skips and rubbish chutes
  • Excavations and crossings
  • Barricades and signs
  • Noise abatement

The new code coincides with the upcoming launch of City of Melbourne Services online, which will bring digital permits to construction activities by the end of this financial year.

 Adam Zuchowski is a disputes lawyer and principal at Sutton Laurence King Lawyers.

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