We have all experienced this right?
You are on a project and the client wants to change the building.
To save time the contractor makes the change to the building.
The certifier is generally the last to know.
What happens when changes have occurred without prior approval?
Does your certifier ‘sweep it under the rug’ and not acknowledge it?
Do they just get a retrospective construction certificate? Even though the courts deem that they have no effect?
Do they just require a Section 4.55 modification thereby potentially changing the BCA compliance requirements?
Do they require a Building Information Certificate only?
Do they take a conservative approach and ask for a Section 4.55 modification and a building information certificate.
Then at the end of the project:
Do they just issue the occupation certificate anyway?
You issued a retrospective construction certificate so it’s fine to issue the occupation certificate right?
You got a Section 4.55 and an amended retrospective construction certificate so you are good to go?
Or a Section 4.55 modification was approved and a Building Information Certificate was issued and now the occupation certificate can be issued for the rest of the building excluding the works that went ahead without prior approval?
What are the ramifications for any of these outcomes for the client?
What is the best result for you?
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