Compulsory certification of roof replacements

Did you know that due to the recent increase in major weather events in Queensland, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has now legislated that all roof replacement exceeding 20% of the total roof area will now need to be certified?

What this means is that no roof replacement can take place until approval has been given by the QBCC.  Approved certifiers require payment of their fee up-front to commence applications.  This payment includes two site visits, once during construction, and the other for final signoff.

The certifier will require the address of the property, a map of the roof structure, and the scope of works to commence the application process.  Once all of this information has been provided to the certifier, they will submit a form (called a Form 2A) to the QBCC for review.  It is anticipated that the approval of applications will take up to 3 weeks (this could possibly be more during peak times).  Works can only commence AFTER approval has been received from the QBCC.

After the works have commenced, and the original roof is removed, if any structural damage to the roof area is found, work must stop and an engineer must be engaged to provide an assessment and advise a method of rectification.  The engineer must then provide documentation (this one’s called a Form 16) which is passed to the certifier for approval.

Once the certifier has approved the rectification, work can resume.  When the works are completed, the certifier must psychically attend the site to approve the certification.

If you are considering a roof replacement, you should take this into consideration when choosing a roofer to complete the works.  For residential work, the roofer is responsible for organising the certification.  If a builder is the main principle contractor for a job, organising the certification is their responsibility.  You can read more about the legislation on the QBCC’s website.

Like most new legislation, these changes are somewhat controversial – criticism has been mostly directed at the added costs and time delays it creates… others argue that safety is paramount and replacing structurally inadequate roofs will inflate prices in the insurance sector if the wild weather prevails.  What are your thoughts?