Mandatory combustible cladding checklist applies from 1 October 2018


The Building and Other Legislation (Cladding) Amendment Regulation 2018 will commence on 1 October 2018 and will require building owners to complete an online checklist and submit the results to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) by 20 March 2019. The regulation has been made in response to recent fires that have been linked to combustible cladding materials.

The regulation only applies to particular privately-owned buildings, being those where more than a 50% interest in the building is owned by a private entity. A private entity is defined as being an entity that is not a State, the Commonwealth or an agent, authority, instrumentality or other entity of a State or Commonwealth.

The new requirements will apply to a wide range of buildings, including certain residential apartment buildings, offices and shops. Some buildings, such as houses, are excluded from the new requirements.

The online checklist will identify whether a risk of combustible cladding exists and, if so, owners will be required to complete a second checklist and take further steps. Significant penalties exist for failing to comply.

If you have any legal questions regarding the cladding checklist or the presence of faulty cladding, Crown Law can help.