Building Owners

The Queensland Government has recently amended the Building Regulation 2006 ( https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/view/html/asmade/sl-2018-0110 ) (Building and Other Legislation Cladding Amendment Regulation 2018). From 1 October 2018, owners of buildings which are:

  • a class 2 - 9;
  • of type A or B construction; and
  • built or have had the cladding altered after 1 January 1994 but before 1 October 2018    

must register their buildings and complete the combustible cladding checklist.

Owners who are unsure of the class or type of construction of a building should read the Classification Summary of Buildings and Structures or seek professional advice.

Failure to register and complete the combustible cladding checklist is an offence and may result in disciplinary action from the QBCC.

The combustible cladding checklist has 3 parts. Owners may not be required to complete all 3 parts. The answers to the questions will determine if an owner is required to engage a building industry professional and/or a fire engineer to complete further assessment.

Building Owner's Process

Building Owner's Process

For more information on the building owner obligations read the Guideline for assessing building with combustible cladding.

Combustible Cladding Checklist

  • To complete part 1, owners of buildings are required to register and answer the questions on the combustible cladding checklist.

    The answers to these questions will determine whether owners are required to engage a building industry professional and/or a fire engineer to complete further assessment.

    To complete the combustible cladding checklist (part 1) owners of buildings are required to:

    1. Register their buildings on the Safer Buildings website
    2. Fill out the combustible cladding checklist (part 1)
    3. Print the filled out checklist
    4. Sign and date the checklist in the presence of a qualified witness
    5. Have the qualified witness sign and date the checklist
    6. Upload the completed checklist

    Owners must complete the combustible cladding checklist (part 1) by 29 March 2019.

  • Owners of buildings who know or suspect their building has combustible cladding, may skip part 2 and engage a fire engineer to complete the combustible cladding checklist (part 3).

    Owners who are not skipping part 2 must engage a building industry professional to prepare a building industry professional statement.

    Building Industry professional

    A building industry professional for all classes of buildings is:

    • A building certifier (level 1)
    • A QBCC licensee in at least 1 of the following classes –
      • Builder open
      • Builder design open
      • Fire safety professional
    • An architect
    • A registered engineer in –
      • Civil engineering
      • Fire engineering
      • Fire safety
      • Structural engineering

    For buildings no more than 3 storeys and less than 2000m2 is:

    • A building certifier (level 2)
    • A QBCC licensee in at least 1 of the following classes –
      • Builder medium rise
      • Builder design medium rise

    Owners can find a building industry professional in their area by searching for QBCC licensees  who have registered with Find a Local Contractor. Owners can also request a list of licensed certifiers from QBCC by completing the List of Licensed Certifiers Request Form.

    To find a registered Architect, owners can search the Board of Architects of Queensland register.

    Owners who want to engage a registered Engineer can search the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland register.

    Combustible cladding checklist (part 2)

    After an owner receives the building industry professional statement prepared and signed by a building industry professional, they must answer the questions on the combustible cladding checklist (part 2). The answers to these questions will determine whether owners are required to engage a fire engineer.

    To complete the combustible cladding checklist (part 2) owners of buildings are required to:

    1. Engage a building industry professional
    2. Register their details on the Safer Buildings Website
    3. Download and print the building industry professional statement
    4. Have the building industry professional prepare and sign the statement
    5. Upload the signed statement
    6. Fill out the combustible cladding checklist (part 2)
    7. Print the filled out checklist
    8. Sign and date the checklist in the presence of a qualified witness
    9. Have the qualified witness sign and date the checklist
    10. Upload the completed checklist

    Owners must complete the combustible cladding checklist (part 2) by 29 May 2019.

  • Owners of buildings required to complete part 3, must engage a fire engineer to prepare a building fire safety risk assessment and fire engineer statement. The building fire safety risk assessment will state if the building has combustible cladding.

    Fire engineer

    A fire engineer is an engineer registered in:

    • Fire engineering
    • Fire safety

    Registered Fire Engineers can be found by searching the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland register. The search will need to be filtered to the area of engineering (i.e. fire engineering or fire safety).

    Fire Engineers who have conducted a specific course on ‘External Fire Spread Risk in Tall Building Design’ listed on the University of Queensland website.

    Combustible Cladding Checklist (Part 3)

    After owners receive the building fire safety risk assessment and fire engineer statement prepared and signed by a fire engineer, they must answer the questions on the combustible cladding checklist (part 3).

    To complete the combustible cladding checklist (part 3) owners of buildings are required to:

    1. Engage a fire engineer
    2. Register their details on the Safer Buildings Website
    3. Download and print the fire engineer statement
    4. Have the fire engineer prepare and sign the building fire safety risk assessment and the statement
    5. Upload the signed assessment and statement
    6. Fill out the combustible cladding checklist (part 3)
    7. Print the filled out checklist
    8. Sign and date the checklist in the presence of a qualified witness
    9. Have the qualified witness sign and date the checklist
    10. Upload the completed checklist

    Owners must engage a fire engineer and register their details by 27 August 2019.
    Owners must complete the combustible cladding checklist (part 3) by 3 May 2021.

Last updated
01 November 2018