Building and Renovation

Asbestos Awareness

ACT Government

Asbestos Awareness website with information about asbestos and the new Government Laws. This site has been setup to help and inform people about the dangers of asbestos.

Australian Capital Territory Architects Board

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

The ACT Architects Board ensures registered architects provide services to the public in a professional and competent manner. The board has a range of powers to investigate complaints against architects and to discipline those who are found to have acted unprofessionally or incompetently.

Building Electrical and Plumbing Industry Regulation

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

Environment and Planning Directorate provides information and advice on industry regulation, licensing and registration for the building construction industry in the ACT.

Canberra City Area Action Plan 2010-2016

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Canberra City Area Action Plan 2010 - 2016, includes more than $26 million for upgrades to be carried out in Civic over the next two years and an additional $3.7 million allocated to design work for other major projects.

Development Application Information Packs

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

Information and forms on submitting a development application (DA) including pre-application information.

Development Applications open for comment

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

A - Z listing by suburb of current development applications (DA). If you think an application may affect you in any way you may wish to submit written comments to the Applications Secretariat. Your comments must be received by Environment and Planning during the specified public notification period.

Energy Rating

Federal Government

Australia's leading guide in choosing an energy efficient appliance to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate incorporates sections of what was formerly known as the the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA). It is responsible for the Territory Plan, the Land Release program, development applications, leases and licences, regulating development and the building industry, land use, surveying and mapping, community consultation and public education on issues relating to planning and land in the ACT.

Fences, Hedges and Walls

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

Information on approvals, restrictions and whether a Development Application may be required for the construction of a fence, hedge or wall on leased land.

Home Energy Advice Team (HEAT)

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

HEAT is funded by the ACT government to provide free, independent, expert advice on how to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Whether you own or rent, HEAT can suggest ways to make your home more comfortable whilst saving money, energy and the environment.

Housing Industry Association (HIA)

Non-Government

The Housing Industry Association is Australia's largest residential building organisation. Members include builders, trade contractors, design professionals, kitchen and bathroom specialists, manufacturers and suppliers.

TCCS Building Applications

Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate

The Building Application - Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) statement of endorsement and/or compliance form is to be completed when applying to TCCS' for advice, statements of endorsements and/or statements of compliance required for a proposed development.

Land and Leasing

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate is responsible for administration of land, the ACT leasehold system and leases within the ACT. Find information on the leasehold system and lease transfers in the ACT.

Land Development Agency

ACT Land Development Agency

The Land Development Agency (LDA) manages land sales and land development on behalf of the ACT Government. Their projects include Kingston Foreshore, Wells Station, Ginnindera Ridge and Gungahlin Town Centre.

Licensed accredited and registered industry professionals

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

Design and construction professionals need to be licensed, registered or accredited to work in the ACT. These lists are updated weekly to reflect changes to the number of professionals licensed or registered.

Master Builders Association (MBA) of the ACT

Non-Government

The Master Builders Association of the ACT is an industry association which represents all sectors of the local housing and construction industry.

Master Builders Information Centre

Non-Government

The Canberra Building Information Centre (CBIC) is a permanent showcase for over 140 displays of the latest building products and services. Free advisory services, personalised advice and open days give you the information and ideas you need to build or renovate your home.

Minimum energy efficiency standards for new dwellings

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

All new residential buildings must meet energy efficiency rating standards as detailed in the Building Code of Australia.

Pool fencing and barriers

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

Fences and barriers are required under the Building Act 2004 to restrict access of young children to pool and immediate pool surrounds.

Rainwater tanks: Guidelines for residential properties in Canberra (PDF 2.3MB)

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

This Rainwater Tank Guide has been prepared in partnership between ActewAGL, Environment and Planning Directorate and ACT Health and provides guidance on the installation of rainwater tanks in residential properties.

Water Ways Water Sensitive Urban Design General Code (PDF 3.4MB)

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

Waterways is part of the ACT Government's broader strategy of responsible water resource management to ensure the future sustainability of our community. The code incorporates the principles of water sensitive urban design (WSUD) which aims to integrate the management of the total water cycle into the urban development process.

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