The commencement of revised building and subdivision provisions, expected to start on 1 September 2019, have again been postponed - this time until 1 December 2019.

This postponement occurred without any fanfare or consultation as a result of the passing of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Building and Subdivision Certification) Regulation 2019 on 30 August 2019.

Critically, the new provisions will apply only to consents granted on or after 1 December 2019, and existing consents will continue to operate under the former regime (as it was before 1 March 2018).

While this amending regulation has assuaged some fears that the new provisions would apply to existing consents, many stakeholders are still concerned that the revised provisions unnecessarily complicate the certification process and may result in a number of unintended consequences.

Read more on this issue in our previous article here.

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