In a surprised turn around the City of Melbourne has come out and denied that it has any responsibility to issue permits for hoardings on private property.
Previously the City of Melbourne had stated:
We can confirm that the City of Melbourne has not issued a permit for the structure attached to the wall.
There are four relevant legislative frameworks – Planning, Building, Occupational Health and Safety and Local Laws. There are intricacies in the way in which these interconnect and overlap. These complexities are likely to be considered by the investigating authorities.
A CMP (Construction Management Plan) does not replace the need for Planning, Building or Local Laws approval for specific works. These must be sought separately.
Developers, builders and owners along with lawyers will have a field day with this one. Anarchy reigns in Melbourne’s Streets I wonder what the Coroner and the Work Safety inquiries will make of this one.
The City of Melbourne has a permit application for hoardings which comes with a fee for service. They have published a full list of permits required and a hoarding, fence and advertising sign is on the list which is also included in the
City of Melbourne Local Law 2009.
Part 7 BUILDING STANDARDS Compliance with Code
Part 13 PERMITS When is a permit required under this Local Law?
What the response from the City of Melbourne (published below) failed to mention or make clear was that under the local law a hoarding (Both on public land and on private land) must comply with the City of Melbourne Construction Management Plan and the relevant design standards related to height and wind loading The code of practice, (1.4) which is referenced in the City of Melbourne Local Law, stipulates a maximum height of 2.4m and ability to withstand wind loads to AS1170.2 standards
Under the the Code of Practice
Item 2. Definitions … “Hoarding” means “a high temporary fence or structure enclosing a demolition site or a building site during building works, to restrict access and provide side protection to the public”
Item 4. Hoardings
4.1 … Hoarding screens must be constructed of closely boarded timber or plywood between 1.8m to 2.4m in height to secure a building site and form a barrier against noise, dust and debris.
… Hoardings are to be designed to withstand wind loads to AS 1170.2 with counterweights as necessary to prevent overturning. In addition hoardings adjoining excavations are to be designed to withstand a lateral line load of 0.75 kN/m applied at a height of 1 metre from the base and suitably guarded by barriers to prevent vehicular impact.
With all the word games and “intricate interconnect overlap and complexities” that surround this issue there is a clear need for the City of Melbourne to undertake an independent review of the legislative provisions governing public safety on building sites and the City Council.
This should be done as a matter of urgency and without delay or waiting pending the outcome of the Coroner’s report or other investigations that are currently underway in relation to the March 28 Swanston Street Wall Collapse. It will have to be done eventually,. The sooner they start the better
Council response dated: Tuesday, 7 May 2013 12:08
I refer to the Future Melbourne Committee Meeting of 15 April 2013 – Question without Notice in relation to 555-591 Swanston Street and 2-76 Bouverie Street, Carlton and provide the following response.
“Did the City of Melbourne issue a permit for the construction of the new hoarding on the CUB Swanston Square project site? The height being significantly taller than the 2.4m maximum permitted height pursuant to the City of Melbourne Construction Management Plan Guidelines.
Has the City of Melbourne inspected the site since the new hoarding was constructed? If not, why not?”
No permit has been issued for the construction of a hoarding.
The structure is also exempt from a building permit under the Building Regulations 2006
The structure satisfies Element 1, Item 1.5 of the City of Melbourne Construction Management Plan Guidelines as:
2. The barrier prevents viewing; and
3. The barrier should restrict unauthorised entry
It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure the structure is designed, installed and maintained in accordance with engineering principles and must satisfy any relevant standards.
City of Melbourne officers attended the site shortly after the barrier was erected.
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