Changes are coming to the residential building industry - NSW

You and the people you work with may have new obligations under the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020, which commences on 1 July 2021.


Among the changes are two new registration schemes for practitioners working on class 2 buildings – one for Professional Engineers and one for Design and Building Practitioners.
Some practitioners will also need to declare their designs comply with the Building Code of Australia, and lodge them on the NSW Planning Portal before work can start. 
We are introducing these changes to restore confidence in the residential construction industry and make sure that apartments being built are trustworthy.
These changes start from 1 July 2021 but you can get ready now. 
Find out how you can prepare
Final Regulation now available
Thank you to those who provided feedback on the draft Design and Building Practitioners Regulation via the Have Your Say website. We have created a Consultation Report to explain the changes that were made in response to your feedback.
Your input informed the final Design and Building Practitioners Regulation 2021 which is now available online.
Read the Design and Building Practitioners Regulation 2021
We are here to help. We’re aiming to make the registration process as easy as possible. The NSW Fair Trading website will be regularly updated with more resources.