This guide has been prepared by the Commissioner of Building Control and the Building and Construction Authority (“BCA”) to provide practical information on when approval of plans are not required under the Building Control Act.

This guide does not provide:

  • a legal interpretation of provisions in the Act; and
  • is not a substitute for independent professional engineering advice or legal advice.

Readers should seek professional engineering or legal advice if they need to determine specific rights and duties applicable to them.

BCA reserves the right to update this guide periodically without prior notice. The Commissioner of Building Control, BCA or any agency stated in this guide is not responsible for any inaccurate or incomplete information in this guide.


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