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Building Control Act

Objectives Of Building Control Act

The prime objective of building control is to ensure building works comply with standards of safety, amenity and matters of public policy as prescribed in the Building Control Act & Building Control Regulations .

All building works, except those that are minor and exempted under the Schedule in the Building Control Act, will require building plan approval from the Commissioner of Building Control (CBC), Building & Construction Authority (BCA).

Building works mean:

  1. the erection, extension or demolition of a building;
  2. the alteration, addition or repair of a building; and include site formation and building operation connected with or carried out for the above purposes.

You may wish to refer to the latest publications of the following references for the submission of application for approval of building plans:

  1. The Building Control Act (Chapter 29)
  2. The Building Control Regulations
  3. Building Control (Temporary Buildings) Regulations
  4. Code on Barrier-Free Accessibility in Buildings
  5. Guidelines on Envelope Thermal Transfer Value for Buildings
  6. Code of Practice on Buildable Design

As stipulated by the Building Control Act, building plans are to be submitted by a Qualified Person.

A Qualified Person is a person who is registered as an Architect with the Board of Architects or a Professional Engineer with the Professional Engineers Board. The appropriate Qualified Person for the different types of building works are listed in First Schedule of the Building Control Regulations. For example, building plans for a warehouse or factory may be submitted by an Architect or a Professional Engineer, but a retaining wall has to be submitted by a Professional Engineer.

The process of getting building approval is reflected in the attached flow chart "Life Cycle of Building Approval". (This is a typical process. Variations do exist.)