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Below you’ll find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions regarding building inspections, pool safety inspections and our inspectors.

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Are you about to purchase a property in Brisbane? Before you sign on the dotted line, it's imperative that you get a professional building and pest inspection by an experienced and licenced inspector.

iCertified can provide you with a comprehensive pre-purchase inspection so you can make an informed decision. 

Servicing Brisbane QLD

Buying a house is probably the largest investment you will make in your lifetime, so it makes sense to ensure the house is in good condition without any hidden surprises that could end up costing you a fortune.

A building and pest inspection will do just that.

Our Brisbane building inspectors will thoroughly check the property for any significant damage, including defects, structural issues, mould and termite damage and provide you with an easy-to-read report of our findings within 24 hours of your inspection.

This report will inform you of any future issues you might potentially be facing with the property and whether action needs to be taken. 

 

Building Inspections Brisbane

brisbane building inspector wearing yellow high visibility vest going through a property with a client

If you’re looking to buy or sell a property, it’s important to get a building inspection so you are fully aware of what you're buying.

 

Pre-purchase building inspection 

A pre-purchase inspection report will give you detailed information about the building and any areas of concern. This lets you know whether a property is worth buying, before it’s too late. Learn more about why it's important to get a building and pest inspection.

Similarly, a pre-sale inspection can help you sell your property quickly by identifying issues that would keep potential buyers from being interested.

 

What is included in a building inspection? 

A building inspection attempts to identify any obvious or significant defects that are observable at the time of the inspection. The report is limited to those areas and sections of the property that are fully accessible and visible to the inspector. 

There are many factors that influence whether a defect is considered to be significant, including the age of the property and the type of building being inspected.

 

What is not included in a building inspection?

Our inspectors will check everything* that is visible and fully accessible on the day of the inspection. We are not able to inspect any areas that are concealed or obstructed, including between floors or inside wall cavities.

To properly check any inaccessible areas of the property, a special purpose report would be required.

*Note: A swimming pool inspection is not included, which means in order to obtain a Pool Safety Certificate (in QLD), you will need to arrange for a separate inspection.

 

Damage from timber pests is common in Brisbane

termite damage to a timber floor in a brisbane property

In Brisbane, it's common to find evidence of termite damage in older properties usually caused by:

  • lack of ventilation (which can lead to mould or wood rot)
  • incomplete construction work
  • structural integrity issues.

An experienced building inspector will be able to recognise the signs of these defects and advise you on their severity. In some cases it may be required to get the relevant tradesman to come in and offer additional advice, such as a plumber, carpenter or electrician.

 

Minor defects may not appear in your building inspection report

building inspector filling out a building report on a clipboard

Minor defects are quite common to most properties and are not necessarily included in your report.

However, if the property being inspected was poorly maintained, there may be a larger number of minor defects than a reasonably maintained property would have.

In this case, if you as the purchaser would need to allocate considerable resources to fix up the property, then your report will include a general assessment of the presence of minor defects as well. 

We also are not able to comment on things like plumbing work, electrical installation, gas fittings, common properties areas (such as shared areas within a complex or apartment building), defects that may be subject to prevailing weather conditions, swimming pools and spas, environmental concerns or security or neighbourhood concerns.

Some of these points will require a different inspection service such as a special purpose property report.

 

Presence of Asbestos

asbestos warning sign on the window of an old building

Similarly, while it may be apparent due to the age of the property if asbestos is an issue, your building inspection will not allow for an asbestos audit.

An asbestos audit needs to be obtained separately and will include sending samples of materials found for testing, and appropriate plans for the management of asbestos. 

 

Can we be there for the inspection?

We highly recommend you attend the inspection alongside the inspector so you can see any issues found. 

 

Pest Inspections

Termites

White ants, termites and other infestations can do considerable and costly damage to your home, often requiring extensive repairs, treatments, and sometimes even condemning the property.

Our pest inspectors will detect and inform you of any damage done to your building by pests, such as termites. During the pest inspection, we will check the roof space, subfloor, exterior and interior of the property, as well as any landscape timbers, grounds, fences and garage that is within 30m of the building and the property boundaries, for evidence of destructive pests or signs of potential termite attack.

We will then advise on any treatments required to protect your home from termite infestation.

 

Do you inspect the inaccessible areas of the property for pests?

Unless an invasive physical inspection is needed/required, we cannot inspect inaccessible areas of the property.

Areas of a dwelling that are usually deemed as inaccessible include:

  • within cavity walls
  • concealed frame timbers
  • eaves
  • flat roofs
  • full enclosed patio subfloors
  • soil concealed by concrete floors
  • wall linings
  • landscaping
  • rubbish,
  • floor coverings
  • furniture
  • pictures
  • appliances
  • stored items
  • insulation and so forth. 

However, our experienced inspectors can recognise the signs of termite activity as well the type of conditions that can lead to infestation.

The Queensland climate is a known hotspot for termite activity and for this reason, it's imperative that any Brisbane property has a thorough pest inspection conducted by a licensed professional.

 

What does the pest inspection report include?

Brisbane pest inspector doing termite report on clipboard

Following your pest and termite inspection, you will receive a comprehensive report outlining the findings. Your report will detail whether or not: 

  • Active subterranean termites were found
  • Visual evidence of subterranean termite workings or damage was found
  • Visible evidence of borers of seasoned timbers was found
  • Evidence of damage caused by wood decay (rot) fungi was found
  • Evidence of conditions conducive to timber pest infestation (e.g. water leaks, poor drainage, ventilation in sub-floor regions, or large trees in close proximity to the property are a few examples). 
  • Further inspections are needed (such as, areas where reasonable access is unavailable, obstructed or restricted, or if a high risk of possible timber pests and or damage exists)
  • Any major safety hazards were identified
  • The susceptibility of the property to timber pests is considered to be high. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a building and pest inspection take?

A building and pest inspection takes approximately 1 hour to complete depending on the size of the property.

Can I be present during the inspection?

Yes, this is recommended so that any issues or problems with the property can be discussed with you then and there.

How much does a building and pest inspection cost?

Our building and pest inspection prices vary depending on the property size and location, though for an approximate cost you’re looking at around $500.00 incl. GST. For a more accurate quote please get in touch.

Who organises/pays for the building and pest inspection? The buyer or seller?

Generally the buyer will arrange the building and pest, however, we also carry out pre sale inspections for home owners wanting to ensure there are no surprises or major issues with their properties.

When do you usually get a building and pest inspection? Before or after making an offer on a property?

Typically the inspection occurs after the contract of sale is signed, however, if a property is going to Auction, the inspection is done before.

When will I receive my report?

We endeavour to provide you with a detailed report within 24 hours.

What equipment does the inspector use?

In order to conduct a thorough inspection of the property, our inspectors will use tools such as laser levels, moisture meters, microwave radars and infrared cameras. This equipment can help the inspector detect any termite activity, leaks, uneven floors and other potential defects.

I have questions about my report, who do I speak to?

It’s best to speak with one of our experienced inspectors regarding the findings in your report, though our admin staff are also on hand to answer your queries. Please call us on 1300 899 078.

What areas do you service?

We provide building and pest inspections throughout Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast. To arrange an inspection, book online with iCertified today! 

 

Book a building and pest inspection in Brisbane

Book a building and pest inspection in Brisbane today with iCertified. Our licensed inspectors operate throughout South East Queensland and will provide a professional and friendly service. We also provide inspections on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast

Contact us today to arrange a building and pest inspection for your property, or you can book online now.

 

Gold Coast

Are you about to purchase a property on the Gold Coast? Before you sign the dotted line, it's imperative that you get a professional building and pest inspection by an experienced and licensed inspector.

Servicing Gold Coast QLD

iCertified can provide you with a comprehensive pre-purchase inspection so you can make an informed decision, providing you with peace of mind about your purchase, whether it is a commercial property or residential property. 

Buying a house is probably the largest investment you will make in your lifetime, so it makes sense to ensure the house is in good condition without any hidden surprises that could end up costing you a fortune. A building and pest inspection will do just that.

Our Gold Coast building inspectors will thoroughly check the property for any significant damage and potential issues, including defects, structural issues, mould and termite damage and provide you with an easy to read report of our findings within 24 hours of your inspection.

This detailed report will inform you of any future issues you might potentially be facing with the property and whether action needs to be taken.

Building Inspection Services 

If you're looking to buy or sell a property, it's important to get a building inspection. A pre-purchase building and pest inspection report will give you detailed information about the building and any areas of concern. This lets you know about any structural damage and whether a property is worth buying, before it's too late. Learn more about why it's important to get a building and pest inspection.

Similarly, a pre-sale inspection can help you sell your property quickly by identifying major defects that would keep potential buyers from being interested.

building inspector with client

What is included in a building inspection?

Building inspections attempt to identify any obvious major, minor or structural defects that are observable at the time of the inspection. The report is limited to those areas and sections of the property that are fully accessible and visible to the inspector.

A wide range of factors influences whether a defect is considered to be significant, including the age of the property and the type of building being inspected.

On the Gold Coast it's common to find evidence of termite damage, lack of ventilation (which can lead to mould or rot), incomplete construction work and structural issues. An experienced building inspector will be able to recognise the signs of these defects and advise on their severity, however in some cases it may be required to have a relevant tradesman in for additional, expert advice, such as a plumber, carpenter or electrician.

Minor defects are quite common to most properties and not necessarily included in your report, however if the property being inspected was poorly maintained, then there may be a larger number of minor defects than a reasonably maintained property would have. In this case, if you as the purchaser would need to allocate considerable resources to fix up the property, then your report will include a general assessment of the presence of minor defects as well.

What is not included in a building inspection?

Our experienced inspectors and qualified builders will check everything that is visible and fully accessible on the day of the inspection. We are not able to inspect any areas that are concealed or obstructed, including between floors or inside wall cavities. To properly check any inaccessible areas of the property, a special purpose report would be required. A swimming pool inspection is not included, which means in order to obtain a Pool Safety Certificate (in QLD), you will need to arrange for a separate inspection.

Similarly, while it may be apparent due to the age of the property if asbestos is an issue, your building inspection will not allow for an asbestos audit. This needs to be obtained separately and will include sending samples of materials found for testing, and appropriate plans for the management of asbestos.

We also are not able to comment on things like plumbing work, electrical installation, gas fittings, common properties areas (such as shared areas within a complex or apartment building), defects that may be subject to prevailing weather conditions, swimming pools and spas, environmental concerns or security or neighbourhood concerns. Some of these points will require a different inspection service such as a special purpose property report

Can we be there for the inspection?

We highly recommend clients to attend building and pest inspections alongside the inspector so they can see any issues found and ask questions about the building reports. 

Pest Inspections

Termites

White ants, termites and other infestations can do considerable and costly damage to your home, often requiring extensive repairs, treatments, and sometimes even condemning the property.

Our pest inspectors will detect and inform you of any damage done to your building by pests, such as termites. During the pest inspection, we will check the roof space, sub floor, exterior and interior of the property, as well as any landscape timbers, grounds, fences and garage that is within 30m of the building and within the property boundaries, for evidence of destructive pests or signs of potential termite attack. We will then advise on any treatments required to protect your home from infestation.

Unless an invasive physical inspection is needed/required, we cannot inspect inaccessible areas, such as within cavity walls, concealed frame timbers, eaves, flat roofs, full enclosed patio subfloors, soil concealed by concrete floors, wall linings, landscaping, rubbish, floor coverings, furniture, pictures, appliances, stored items, insulation and so forth. 

However, our experienced inspectors can recognise the signs of termite activity as well the type of conditions that can lead to infestation. The Queensland climate is a known hotspot for termite activity and for this reason it's imperative that any Gold Coast property has a thorough pest inspection conducted by a licensed professional. 

Find out more about timber pests and the damage they can cause a property.

What does the pest inspection report include?

Following your pest and termite inspection, you will receive a comprehensive report outlining the findings. Your report will detail whether or not:

  • Active subterranean termites were found
  • Visual evidence of subterranean termite workings or damage was found
  • Visible evidence of borers of seasoned timbers was found
  • Evidence of damage caused by wood decay (rot) fungi was found
  • Evidence of conditions conducive to timber pest infestation (e.g. water leaks, poor drainage, ventilation in sub-floor regions, or large trees in close proximity to the property are a few examples).
  • Further inspections are needed (such as, areas where reasonable access is unavailable, obstructed or restricted, or if a high risk of possible timber pests and or damage exists)
  • Any major issues and safety hazards were identified
  • The susceptibility of the property to timber pests is considered to be high.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a building and pest inspection take?

A building and pest inspection takes approximately 1 hour to complete depending on the size of the property.

Can I be present during the inspection?

Yes, this is recommended so that any issues or problems with the property can be discussed with you then and there.

How much does a building and pest inspection cost?

Our building and pest inspection prices vary depending on the property size and location, though for an approximate cost you’re looking at around $500.00 incl. GST. For a more accurate quote please get in touch.

Who organises/pays for the building and pest inspection? The buyer or seller?

Generally the buyer will arrange the building and pest, however, we also carry out pre sale inspections for home owners wanting to ensure there are no surprises or major issues with their properties.

When do you usually get a building and pest inspection? Before or after making an offer on a property?

Typically the inspection occurs after the contract of sale is signed, however, if a property is going to Auction, the inspection is done before.

When will I receive my report?

We endeavour to provide you with a detailed report within 24 hours.

What equipment does the inspector use?

In order to conduct a thorough inspection of the property, our inspectors will use tools such as laser levels, moisture meters, microwave radars and infrared cameras. This equipment can help the inspector detect any termite activity, leaks, uneven floors and other potential defects.

I have questions about my report, who do I speak to?

It’s best to speak with one of our experienced inspectors regarding the findings in your report, though our admin staff are also on hand to answer your queries. Please call us on 1300 899 078.

What areas do you service?

We provide building and pest inspections throughout Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast. To arrange an inspection, book online with iCertified today! 

 

Book a building and pest inspection

Book a building and pest inspection on the Gold Coast today with iCertified. Our licensed building inspectors operate throughout South East Queensland and the Gold Coast, from Coolangatta, Palm Beach and Mermaid Beach in the south to Hope Island, Runaway Bay and Pimpama in the north. We also provide inspections and professional advice in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

We have public liability insurance as part of our commitment to clients.

Contact us today to arrange a building and pest inspection for your property, or you can book online now.

When do I need building certification?

Any structure that is built on your block of land will most likely require a building certification to comply with local city council, state and federal building laws.

This approval should be obtained BEFORE any construction work takes place.

What is a building certification?

In Queensland, it's required by law for buildings and structures to be evaluated against the building assessments provisions.

These provisions include:

  • The Building Code of Australia (Volumes 1 & 2 of the National Construction Code.)
  • Queensland Development Code.
  • Various other regulations in Queensland.

What if my pool doesn't pass the pool safety inspection?

A full report will be sent to you as to what needs to be fixed along with any diagrams that are applicable.

If our inspector deems that the property is a public safety hazard, our inspectors are required to alert the council immediately.

From the date you received the report you have a period of six weeks to attend to the noncompliant items. If by the end of the six week period the non-compliant items have not been resolved then by law we must send a copy of the non-compliance notice to the council.

No matter what happens, our team at iCertified will walk you or your company through the process and will make sure all your needs are met to the best of our ability.

What if my pool doesn't pass the inspection?

If your pool doesn't pass at the time of inspection, we'll send you a full nonconformity report detailing what needs to be fixed along with any applicable diagrams to assit you.

If our inspector deems the property to a public safety hazard, we are required to alert the council immediately.

From the date you received the report, you have a period of six weeks to attend to the non-compliant items. If by the end of the six week period the non-compliant items have not been resolved then by law we must send a copy of the non-compliance notice to the council.

No matter what happens, our team at iCertified will walk you or your company through the process and will make sure all your needs are met to the best of our ability.

How long does a building and pest inspection take?

A building and pest inspection takes approximately 1 hour to complete depending on the size of the property.

Sunshine Coast

Servicing Sunshine Coast QLD

Are you about to purchase a property on the Sunshine Coast?

Before you sign the dotted line, it's imperative that you get a professional building and pest inspection by an experienced and licenced inspector.

iCertified can provide you with a comprehensive pre-purchase inspection so you can make an informed decision. 

Building Inspections

Buying a house is probably the largest investment you will make in your lifetime, so it makes sense to ensure the house is in good condition without any hidden surprises that could end up costing you a fortune.

A building and pest inspection will do just that, ensuring you can make an informed decision on the state of the property.

Our Sunshine Coast building inspectors will thoroughly check the property for any significant damage, including defects, structural issues, mould and termite damage and provide you with an easy to read report of our findings within 24 hours of your inspection.

This report will inform you of any future issues you might potentially be facing with the property and whether action needs to be taken. 

 

Pre Purchase Building Inspections

If you’re looking to buy or sell a property, it’s important to get a building inspection. A pre-purchase inspection report will give you detailed information about the building and any areas of concern.

This lets you know whether a property is worth buying, before it’s too late. Learn more about why it's important to get a building and pest inspection.

Pre Sale Inspections 

Similarly, a pre-sale inspection can help you sell your property quickly by identifying issues that would keep potential buyers from being interested.

building inspector with client

What is included in a building inspection? 

A building inspection attempts to identify any obvious or significant defects that are observable at the time of the inspection. The report is limited to those areas and sections of the property that are fully accessible and visible to the inspector. 

There are many factors that influence whether a defect is considered to be significant, including the age of the property and the type of building being inspected.

On the Sunshine Coast it's common to find evidence of termite damage, lack of ventilation (which can lead to mould or rot), incomplete construction work and structural issues. An experienced building inspector will be able to recognise the signs of these defects and advise on their severity, however in some cases it may be required to have a relevant tradesman in for additional, expert advice, such as a plumber, carpenter or electrician. 

Minor defects are quite common to most properties and not necessarily included in your report, however if the property being inspected was poorly maintained, then there may be a larger number of minor defects than a reasonably maintained property would have. In this case, if you as the purchaser would need to allocate considerable resources to fix up the property, then your report will include a general assessment of the presence of minor defects as well. 

 

What is not included in a building inspection?

Our inspectors will check everything that is visible and fully accessible on the day of the inspection. We are not able to inspect any areas that are concealed or obstructed, including between floors or inside wall cavities. To properly check any inaccessible areas of the property, a special purpose report would be required. A swimming pool inspection is not included, which means in order to obtain a Pool Safety Certificate (in QLD), you will need to arrange for a separate inspection.

Similarly, while it may be apparent due to the age of the property if asbestos is an issue, your building inspection will not allow for an asbestos audit. This needs to be obtained separately and will include sending samples of materials found for testing, and appropriate plans for the management of asbestos. 

We also are not able to comment on things like plumbing work, electrical installation, gas fittings, common properties areas (such as shared areas within a complex or apartment building), defects that may be subject to prevailing weather conditions, swimming pools and spas, environmental concerns or security or neighbourhood concerns. Some of these points will require a different inspection service such as a special purpose property report.

 

Can we be there for the inspection?

We highly recommend you attend the inspection alongside the inspector so you can see any issues found. 

 

Pest Inspections

Termites

White ants, termites and other infestations can do considerable and costly damage to your home, often requiring extensive repairs, treatments, and sometimes even condemning the property.

Our pest inspectors will detect and inform you of any damage done to your building by pests, such as termites. During the pest inspection, we will check the roof space, sub floor, exterior and interior of the property, as well as any landscape timbers, grounds, fences and garage that is within 30m of the building and within the property boundaries, for evidence of destructive pests or signs of potential termite attack. We will then advise on any treatments required to protect your home from infestation.

Unless an invasive physical inspection is needed/required, we cannot inspect inaccessible areas, such as within cavity walls, concealed frame timbers, eaves, flat roofs, full enclosed patio subfloors, soil concealed by concrete floors, wall linings, landscaping, rubbish, floor coverings, furniture, pictures, appliances, stored items, insulation and so forth. 

However, our experienced inspectors can recognise the signs of termite activity as well the type of conditions that can lead to infestation. The Queensland climate is a known hotspot for termite activity and for this reason it's imperative that any Sunshine Coast property has a thorough pest inspection conducted by a licensed professional.

 

What does the pest inspection report include?

Following your pest and termite inspection, you will receive a comprehensive report outlining the findings. Your report will detail whether or not: 

  • Active subterranean termites were found;
  • Visual evidence of subterranean termite workings or damage was found;
  • Visible evidence of borers of seasoned timbers was found;
  • Evidence of damage caused by wood decay (rot) fungi was found;
  • Evidence of conditions conducive to timber pest infestation (e.g. water leaks, poor drainage, ventilation in sub-floor regions, or large trees in close proximity to the property are a few examples);
  • Further inspections are needed (such as, areas where reasonable access is unavailable, obstructed or restricted, or if a high risk of possible timber pests and or damage exists);
  • Any major safety hazards were identified;
  • The susceptibility of the property to timber pests is considered to be high.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a building and pest inspection take?

A building and pest inspection takes approximately 1 hour to complete depending on the size of the property.

Can I be present during the inspection?

Yes, this is recommended so that any issues or problems with the property can be discussed with you then and there.

How much does a building and pest inspection cost?

Our building and pest inspection prices vary depending on the property size and location, though for an approximate cost you’re looking at around $500.00 incl. GST. For a more accurate quote please get in touch.

Who organises/pays for the building and pest inspection? The buyer or seller?

Generally the buyer will arrange the building and pest, however, we also carry out pre sale inspections for home owners wanting to ensure there are no surprises or major issues with their properties.

When do you usually get a building and pest inspection? Before or after making an offer on a property?

Typically the inspection occurs after the contract of sale is signed, however, if a property is going to Auction, the inspection is done before.

When will I receive my report?

We endeavour to provide you with a detailed report within 24 hours.

What equipment does the inspector use?

In order to conduct a thorough inspection of the property, our inspectors will use tools such as laser levels, moisture meters, microwave radars and infrared cameras. This equipment can help the inspector detect any termite activity, leaks, uneven floors and other potential defects.

I have questions about my report, who do I speak to?

It’s best to speak with one of our experienced inspectors regarding the findings in your report, though our admin staff are also on hand to answer your queries. Please call us on 1300 899 078.

What areas do you service?

We provide building and pest inspections throughout Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast. To arrange an inspection, book online with iCertified today! 

 

Book a building and pest inspection

Book a building and pest inspection Sunshine Coast today with iCertified.

Our licensed inspectors operate throughout South East Queensland and will provide a professional and friendly service. We also provide inspections in Brisbane and the Gold Coast

Contact us today to arrange a building and pest inspection for your property, or you can book online now.

Do I need a pool safety certificate in QLD?

Yes - If you are buying, selling or leasing a property with a pool, you must get a pool safety certificate if there is not a current certificate in place.

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Who we are

We see each customer as an individual and treat each service we provide for the customer with the care and personal attention needed.

iCERTIFIED started with the merger of industry leaders QLD Pool Safety Inspections, NSW Pool Safety and Academy Building Control which brought together the knowledge, experience and professionalism each company was renowned for.

The team at iCERTIFIED are dedicated to our clients and their needs. All of our inspectors and certifiers are professional, highly skilled, licensed and insured with many years of experience in Pool Safety Compliance, pre-purchase property inspection, Building certification, building surveying and compliance fields.

All of our inspectors are fully licensed and insured. We adhere to current Australian Standards and our inspectors are continually educating themselves with any changes in current legislation so you can be assured that you are getting the most up-to-date information.

What we do:

Why choose us?

  • Our reports are compiled within 24 hours
  • Fast BA approvals
  • Fully licensed and insured inspectors
  • Clear and easy to understand reports
  • Friendly knowledgeable staff
  • Large, easy to see photos in reports

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QLD Pool Safety Inspections

Everything you need to know about pool safety certificates in QLD.

Fenced outdoor pool

Pool fence safety laws were introduced to combat the amount of drowning deaths occuring across Australia in backyard swimming pools. Many of these deaths could have been avoided if adequate fencing was installed. 

What is a pool compliance certificate?

A pool safety certificate (or pool compliance certificate) certifies that your pool fencing complies with current pool safety legislation and standards.

Whether you are buying, selling, leasing or living in your property, you must have a pool safety inspection conducted by a licensed pool safety inspector in order to get your certificate.

Pool Compliance Certificate Qld

As of 1 December 2010, all properties in Queensland are required to adhere to pool safety standards and have a valid pool safety certificate.

iCertified provides affordable pool safety inspections at a time that suits the pool owner, with fast turnaround on certificates, throughout Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.

Once you pass the pool safety inspection your certificate of compliance will be valid immediately.

Our Pool Safety Inspections include:

  • Clear and accurate reporting
  • Certificate lodged with government within 24 hours
  • Large photos of any nonconforming items in the reports
  • Reports returned to client within 24 hours
  • Reminder letters sent a month before pool safety certificate is set to expire

Passing the pool safety inspection

Many pool safety inspections fail due to items that are not complying with the government’s standards - Don’t let this happen to you!

Educate yourself as to what the standards are in your area and the inspection process. Since our inspectors use the government’s standards we want you to use the government’s checklist.

View this handy QLD Pool Inspection Checklist and QBCC video to make sure you pass your inspection first go.

Pool Safety Laws

As of 30th of November 2015, homeowners in Queensland must comply with the new pool safety laws even if they sell or lease the property, according to Government regulations.  

Pool fences, gates and barriers

It's not only the pool that has to be safety certified, a compliant pool barrier or fence must be in place and well-maintained at all times. Your pool gates must have self-closing hinges or latching devices. 

A well-working pool fence and barrier is essential to stop children from drowning or being seriously injured.

If your pool fence or barrier is damaged, you must repair it immediately to comply with Development Code MP 3.4—Swimming pool barriers

Read: Pool gate latch recall – Does this affect you? 

Compliant Self-Closing Gate:

Non-Compliant Gate:

Shared Pools

If residents of multiple dwellings share a swimming pool (such as through body corporate), the owner MUST provide tenants with a copy of a valid pool safety certificate before entering into a lease.

This affects all businesses including motels, hotels, resorts, lodgings and body corporates managing any form of accommodation. A shared pool safety certificate is valid for 1 year.

Leasing A Property With a Pool

If a pool is within a property that is only accessible to the current tenants, it is classified as a non-shared pool. The property owner must ensure there is a valid pool safety certificate is in place before entering into a new lease or renewing a current lease.

Residential Pools

Homeowners with a non-shared residential pool must ensure that the pool fence complies with the latest pool fence standards. Safety certificates issued for these types of pools are valid for 2 years.

Selling A Property With A Pool

  • If a pool safety certificate is current: The seller must provide a copy of the certificate before the settlement date.
  • If a valid pool safety certificate is not present by settlement: The seller provides the buyer with Form 36 including the settlement date written on the form.
  • No safety certificate when entering into a contract of sale: The seller must give the prospective buyer Form 36 – Notice Of No Pool Safety Certificate.

This is intended to help prospective buyers make an informed decision about purchasing the property with regards to pool compliance. 

Buying A Property With A Pool

If you are buying a property, a pool safety inspection can alert you to what items are non-compliant and how much it will cost to get them fixed. We can provide a quote for you.

If you have purchased a property with a pool but no pool safety certificate, you have 90 days from the settlement date to obtain a valid pool certificate.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I need a Pre-Purchase Building Inspection?

A pre-purchase inspection will give any buyer peace of mind, the power to be fully informed, power to negotiate prices and understand what unexpected costs might be involved before buying a house and we can help you understand everything! iCertified offer building inspections in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Learn more about our building inspection services.

How do I know if I need a Pre-Sale Inspection?

A pre-sale inspection will help you know if there are any hidden costs, last minute issues that could prevent a sale, help you identify value in your property that could help you negotiate sale or help you renovate items to get the most value from your house.

How do I know if I need a Pool Safety/compliance Inspection?

Queensland
Homeowners in Queensland have until 30th of November 2015 to comply with the new pool safety laws or earlier if they sell or lease property before this time.

When leasing or selling a property you need a current pool safety certificate.

If you are buying a property a pool safety inspection can alert you to know what items are non-compliant and how much it will cost to get them fixed we can provide a quote for your for the work.

If you have bought a property, you have 90 days from settlement date to provide a valid pool certificate.

We offer pool safety inspections in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Find out more about getting a pool safety inspection.

Is iCertified licensed?

Each of our fully licensed inspectors have professional indemnity insurance and we have $10,000,000 in public liability insurance.

Can I speak with the Certifier / inspector?

The iCertified team is always available to speak to and advise you regarding your queries and concerns. Call us on 1300 899 078 today

How and when do I pay for the inspections?

iCertified offer the following payment options:

  • Pay via phone prior to your inspection booking and supply your credit card/debit card details with one of our staff members
  • Pay the inspector at the time of the inspection by cash of EFTPOS (he will have an EFTPOS machine with him).
  • You can also contact and pay with a credit card/debit card after the inspection by calling our office or we will send you an invoice and you can pay via electronic transfer.

If you have any further questions please contact us at 1300 899 078.

How do I book an inspection?

You can call and speak with one of the friendly iCertified team at 1300 899 078 or book online now. Fill in the form and one of our helpful staff will assist you with your booking.

What is involved in a pool safety inspection?

One of our knowledgeable inspectors will come out and measure and check all the Standards which are provided by the council depending on what State your property is in. Our inspector will be checking the pool fence and parts of the dwelling if they are in the vicinity of the pool area.

View our helpful checklists below for your state:

Our inspector at this time welcomes any questions you might have if you are present for the inspection.

An average pool inspection can range from 30 minutes to 1 hour long. No matter how big or small the property is our inspector takes as much time as necessary to ensure your pool is safe. Pool safety is our first priority.

How long does the pool safety certificate last?

Depending on what State you are in or what type of property you have depends on how long your pool compliance/safety certificate is valid for.

Queensland Pool Safety Certificates:

If your property is a single dwelling residence your pool safety certificate (Form 23 or Form 17) is valid for 2 years. If you don’t lease or sell your property after 2 years you do not have to renew your certificate.

If you sell your property you are required to have a pool safety certificate (Form 23). If you buy a property you are required to have a pool safety certificate 90 days after your settlement date.

If you are leasing out your property you are required to renew your pool safety certificate (Form 23) every two years no matter how many people move in our out of the property. You must keep this certificate current for your renters unless you move back into the property.

If your property is a multiple dwelling residence your pool safety certificate is valid for 1 year (Form 23 or Form 17). The body corporate is usually responsible to provide a certificate that covers all properties in the complex. Unless your property is apart of a multiple complex dwelling and has a private pool or spa that is not available to the public then your property is viewed as a single residence dwelling the specific owners are in charge of arranging a pool safety certificate.

For all certificates in Queensland, they expire a day before the date they were issued 2 years earlier.

If you’re unsure about your pool compliance certificate contact us to discuss your options today.

Are there different types of pool safety certificates?

For Queensland:

Form 23 – is a pool safety certificate given by a licensed pool safety inspector after he/she has inspected the property and has determined that it meets the council’s requirements.

Form 17 – is a final inspection certificate that is given after the completion of a new swimming pool or after major pool alterations by a building certifier. This works the same as a form 23 and is given for the same amount of time as a Form 23, 2 years for a single dwelling residence and 1 year for a multiple dwelling residence.

Our inspectors are licensed to issue both types of certificates in Queensland. See our QLD pool inspection checklist for more information.

For New South Wales:

A swimming pool compliance certificate is issued once the pool and pool barrier meets the council’s requirement.

How can I prepare for a pool safety inspection?

Please see our QLD pool safety checklist, based on the Council’s Standards for the state where your property is located. These checklists can help you be familiar as to what the inspector will be looking for and you can see if your property meets the standards.

There is also a QBCC video on Pool Safety Standards in Queensland.

If you have any other particular questions about your property please don’t hesitate to call us at 1 300 899 078 or email us any questions at mail@icertified.com.au.

When do I have to have a pool fence for my portable pool or spa?

Queensland:

The Laws as of 1 December 2010 state that all spas and portable pools need a safety barrier if they meet one of these criteria (a child resistant locked cover does not serve as an approved pool barrier):

  1. Deeper than 30 cm
  2. Have a filtration system or
  3. Hold at least 2000 litres of water

See the QLD checklist for more information.

What happens if my pool/spa does not pass the first inspection?

Queensland:

A full report will be sent to you as to what needs to be fixed along with diagrams that are applicable. If our inspector deems that pool fencing proposes a public safety hazard our inspectors are required to alert the council immediately. We are also licensed to do pool fence repairs, if you would like us to give you a quote please let us know once you get your noncompliance notice and we will send you out a quote. Our work is guaranteed.

We are required by council to register all pools with them that have received a nonconformity notice and the council gives owners 90 days to rectify any nonconforming items from the date of the inspection. If more time is needed, we can come out and do another inspection (for an additional fee) and issue another nonconformity notice which will give the owners another 90 days to finish the repairs. Only two inspections can be done until the pool needs to be made compliant.

No matter what happens our team here at iCertified will walk you or your company through the process and will make sure all your needs are met to the best of our ability.

Contact us

Still have questions?  Please don’t hesitate to call one of the iCERTIFIED professionals or send through an enquiry.

We provide comprehensive pool safety inspections throughout South East Queensland including Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

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Brisbane Inspections

Professional Building Inspection & Certification Services

Are you purchasing a new property in Brisbane and require a building and pest inspection? Or are you commencing a new building or construction project that requires building approvals by a private building certifier? iCertified provide professional building inspection and certification services throughout Brisbane, from building certification services to smoke alarm inspections and pool safety certificates.

Buildings & Pest Inspections, Pool Safety Certificates & more

Our fully licenced and insured inspectors have local knowledge of Brisbane and the surrounding areas. Their experience is an asset to any business, home or complex owner in the area to ensure that all inspections are thorough, and reports are complete and accurate.

No matter what inspection or certification service we are providing, we make sure that our reports are clear and easy to understand. iCertified puts their customers, the safety of their families, and the safety of the building they inspect first.

Brisbane Inspection & Certification Services

Pool Safety Certificate (QLD)

It is required by law for all properties in Brisbane and throughout Queensland to have a valid pool safety certificate. We specialise in providing fast and convenient pool safety inspections. You will receive your report within 24 hours of the conclusion of the inspection. When you pass the inspection, your compliance certficate is valid immediately.

Learn more.

 

Building Approvals Brisbane

If you are involved in a Brisbane building project, ensure the safety of the structure and keep your project compliant by getting our private building certifiers in Brisbane to assist with the necessary approvals and permits. We also provide the inspections, audits and recommendations during the building design phase, the various building construction phases and at completion. Following our inspections, the final building certification and documentation will be provided to the owner and the local government.

Learn more.

 

Building & Pest Inspections Brisbane

A pre-purchase inspection is essential if you are buying a property in Brisbane. We will thoroughly inspect the interior and exterior of the building, and conduct a thorough pest inspection where our qualified inspector will audit your entire house. You will receive a detailed report about the building and any areas of concern, and a report of any destructive pests with treatment advice to prevent or remove an infestation.

Learn more.

 

Building Defect and Safety Reporting

We will assess your building or property and ensure that your property is safe from defects. This will protect you from liability if an injury was to occur on your property. We have over 20 years experience in building surveying, and our professional advice will make meeting your safety obligations much easier.

Learn more.

 

Smoke Alarms Inspections

In Queensland, the law states that all properties must be fitted with a working smoke alarm. We will give you peace of mind by ensuring that your smoke alaram is compliant, operational and functioning properly.

Learn more.

All of our inspectors are fully licensed to carry out all inspections professionally and according to Australian Standards.

Please don’t hesitate to call one of the iCertified professionals to help on 1300 899 078.

We frequently perform building inspections and certification services in…

South Brisbane suburbs including:

  • Acacia Ridge
  • Annerley
  • Coopers Plains
  • Eight Mile Plain
  • Fairfield
  • Greenslopes
  • Holland Park
  • Moorooka
  • Mount Gravatt
  • Rocklea
  • Salisbury
  • Sunnybank
  • Tennyson
  • Yeronga

West Brisbane suburbs including:

  • Ashgrove
  • Bardon
  • Brookfield
  • Chapel Hill
  • Corinda
  • Enoggera
  • Ferny Grove
  • Fig Tree Pocket
  • Graceville
  • Indooroopilly
  • Kenmore
  • Milton
  • St Lucia
  • The Gap
  • Toowong

East Brisbane suburbs including:

  • Balmoral
  • Bulimba
  • Carina
  • Carindale
  • Coorparoo
  • Manly
  • Morningside
  • Murarrie
  • Norman Park
  • Wynnum

Inner Brisbane suburbs including:

  • Bowen Hills
  • Fortitude Valley
  • Kangaroo Point
  • New Farm
  • Paddington
  • Spring Hill
  • Teneriffe
  • West End
  • Woolloongabba

Have you had a recent experience with us? We would love to hear about it! Please send us your feedback or leave a review on Google.

Regions we service

How do I know if I need a Pre-Sale Inspection?

A pre-sale inspection will help you know if there are any hidden costs, last minute issues that could prevent a sale, help you identify value in your property that could help you negotiate sale or help you renovate items to get the most value from your house.

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How much does a building certification cost?

Obtaining a building approval is a small but necessary investment to protect your assets.

When you receive a building approval you:

  • Maximise the sale value of your property.
  • Comply with local council as well as state and federal law.
  • Reduce your risk.

What if my pool doesn't pass the inspection?

If your pool doesn't pass, we'll send you a full report detailing what needs to be fixed along with any diagrams that are applicable.

If our inspector deems that the property is a public safety hazard, we are required to alert the council immediately.

From the date you received the report, you have a period of six weeks to attend to the noncompliant items. If by the end of the six week period the non-compliant items have not been resolved then by law we must send a copy of the non-compliance notice to the council.

No matter what happens, our team at iCertified will walk you or your company through the process and will make sure all your needs are met to the best of our ability.

Pool Safety Inspection Brisbane

Pool Safety Inspections Brisbane

Don’t let accidents happen to you or anyone on your property.

Drowning happens too often in Australia. As a pool owner, help prevent it by making sure your swimming pool is safe and compliant with the updated pool laws in Queensland.

 

What is a pool safety certificate and why do I need one?

A pool safety certificate confirms that your pool complies with the current pool safety laws and standards.

Whether you are selling, leasing or living in your property, it is a legal requirement to have pool safety inspection conducted by a licensed pool inspector to get your certificate.

Compulsory safety inspections Brisbane - As of 1 December 2010, all properties in Queensland are required to have a valid pool safety certificate.

 

Brisbane Pool Compliance Certifiers

iCertified provide affordable pool inspections within the Brisbane Region. We'll come to your property at a time that suits you and perform a comprehensive inspection.

With fast turnaround times on reports (within 24 hours), we're the recommended swimming pool safety inspectors in the Brisbane area.

Following a successful inspection, your certificate of compliance will be valid immediately.

Our Pool Safety Inspections include:

  • Clear and accurate reporting.
  • Certificate lodged with government within 24 hours.
  • Large photos of any nonconforming items in the reports.
  • Reports returned to client within 24 hours.
  • Reminder letters sent a month before pool safety certificate is set to expire.

 

Before your swimming pool inspection

Many pool safety inspections fail due to items that are not compliant with Government Requirements - Don’t let this happen to you!

Our inspectors use the QLD Government’s pool safety standards so be sure to educate yourself on the current pool safety legislation and the inspection process.

View this handy QLD Pool Inspection Checklist and QBCC video to make sure you pass your pool inspection on the first go.

New Pool Safety Laws & Pool Safety Standard (2015)

The QLD pool safety standard has been updated as of 30th of November 2015. Moving forward, every pool owner in Queensland must comply with these updated pool safety regulations.

If you have a pool on your property, these QLD pool safety laws still apply whether you are selling or leasing the property.

 

Pool Safety Compliance: Pool fences, gates & pool barriers

It's not only the pool that has to be certified, a compliant pool safety barrier or fencing must be in place and well-maintained at all times. Your pool gates must have self-closing hinges or latching device. 

A well-working pool barrier and/or pool fence is essential to stop children drowning or being seriously injured.

If your pool fence or barrier is damaged, you must repair it immediately to comply Development Code MP 3.4—Swimming pool barriers

Read: Pool gate latch recall – Does this affect you? 

 

Shared Pools

If residents of multiple dwellings share a swimming pool (such as through body corporate), the owner MUST provide tenants with a copy of a valid pool safety certificate before entering into a lease.

This affects all businesses including motels, hotels, resorts, lodgings and body corporates managing any form of accommodation. A shared pool safety certificate is valid for 1 year.

 

Leasing A Property With Pool

If a pool is within a property that is only accessible to the current tenants, it is classified as a non-shared pool.

The property owner must ensure that a valid pool safety certificate is in place before entering into a new lease or renewing the existing lease.

 

Residential Pools

Property owners with a non-shared residential pool must ensure that the pool fence complies with the latest pool fence standards.

Safety certificates issued for these types of pools are valid for 2 years.

 

Selling A Property With Pool

  • If a pool safety certificate is current: The seller must provide a copy of the pool safety compliance certificate before the settlement date.
  • If a valid pool safety certificate is not present by settlement: The seller provides the buyer with Form 36 including the settlement date written on the form.
  • No safety certificate when entering into a contract of sale: The seller must give the prospective buyer Form 36 – Notice Of No Pool Safety Certificate.

This is intended to help prospective buyers make an informed decision about purchasing the property with regards to pool compliance. 

 

Buying A Property With A Pool

If you are buying a property, a pool safety inspection can alert you to what items are non-compliant and how much it will cost to get them fixed. We can provide a quote for you.

Recently purchased a property? You have 90 days from the settlement date to provide a valid pool certificate.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I need a Pre-Purchase Building Inspection?

A pre-purchase inspection will give any buyer peace of mind, the power to be fully informed, power to negotiate prices and understand what unexpected costs might be involved before buying a house and we can help you understand everything! iCertified offer building inspections in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Learn more about our building inspection services.

How do I know if I need a Pre-Sale Inspection?

A pre-sale inspection will help you know if there are any hidden costs, last minute issues that could prevent a sale, help you identify value in your property that could help you negotiate sale or help you renovate items to get the most value from your house.

How do I know if I need a Pool Safety/compliance Inspection?

Queensland
Homeowners in Queensland have until 30th of November 2015 to comply with the new pool safety laws or earlier if they sell or lease property before this time.

When leasing or selling a property you need a current pool safety certificate.

If you are buying a property a pool safety inspection can alert you to know what items are non-compliant and how much it will cost to get them fixed we can provide a quote for your for the work.

If you have bought a property, you have 90 days from settlement date to provide a valid pool certificate.

We offer pool safety inspections in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Find out more about getting a pool safety inspection.

Is iCertified licensed?

Each of our fully licensed inspectors have professional indemnity insurance and we have $10,000,000 in public liability insurance.

Can I speak with the Certifier / inspector?

The iCertified team is always available to speak to and advise you regarding your queries and concerns. Call us on 1300 899 078 today

How and when do I pay for the inspections?

iCertified offer the following payment options:

  • Pay via phone prior to your inspection booking and supply your credit card/debit card details with one of our staff members
  • Pay the inspector at the time of the inspection by cash of EFTPOS (he will have an EFTPOS machine with him).
  • You can also contact and pay with a credit card/debit card after the inspection by calling our office or we will send you an invoice and you can pay via electronic transfer.

If you have any further questions please contact us at 1300 899 078.

How do I book an inspection?

You can call and speak with one of the friendly iCertified team at 1300 899 078 or book online now. Fill in the form and one of our helpful staff will assist you with your booking.

What is involved in a pool safety inspection?

One of our knowledgeable inspectors will come out and measure and check all the Standards which are provided by the council depending on what State your property is in. Our inspector will be checking the pool fence and parts of the dwelling if they are in the vicinity of the pool area.

View our helpful checklists below for your state:

Our inspector at this time welcomes any questions you might have if you are present for the inspection.

An average pool inspection can range from 30 minutes to 1 hour long. No matter how big or small the property is our inspector takes as much time as necessary to ensure your pool is safe. Pool safety is our first priority.

How long does the pool safety certificate last?

Depending on what State you are in or what type of property you have depends on how long your pool compliance/safety certificate is valid for.

Queensland Pool Safety Certificates:

If your property is a single dwelling residence your pool safety certificate (Form 23 or Form 17) is valid for 2 years. If you don’t lease or sell your property after 2 years you do not have to renew your certificate.

If you sell your property you are required to have a pool safety certificate (Form 23). If you buy a property you are required to have a pool safety certificate 90 days after your settlement date.

If you are leasing out your property you are required to renew your pool safety certificate (Form 23) every two years no matter how many people move in our out of the property. You must keep this certificate current for your renters unless you move back into the property.

If your property is a multiple dwelling residence your pool safety certificate is valid for 1 year (Form 23 or Form 17). The body corporate is usually responsible to provide a certificate that covers all properties in the complex. Unless your property is apart of a multiple complex dwelling and has a private pool or spa that is not available to the public then your property is viewed as a single residence dwelling the specific owners are in charge of arranging a pool safety certificate.

For all certificates in Queensland, they expire a day before the date they were issued 2 years earlier.

If you’re unsure about your pool compliance certificate contact us to discuss your options today.

Are there different types of pool safety certificates?

For Queensland:

Form 23 – is a pool safety certificate given by a licensed pool safety inspector after he/she has inspected the property and has determined that it meets the council’s requirements.

Form 17 – is a final inspection certificate that is given after the completion of a new swimming pool or after major pool alterations by a building certifier. This works the same as a form 23 and is given for the same amount of time as a Form 23, 2 years for a single dwelling residence and 1 year for a multiple dwelling residence.

Our inspectors are licensed to issue both types of certificates in Queensland. See our QLD pool inspection checklist for more information.

For New South Wales:

A swimming pool compliance certificate is issued once the pool and pool barrier meets the council’s requirement.

How can I prepare for a pool safety inspection?

Please see our QLD pool safety checklist, based on the Council’s Standards for the state where your property is located. These checklists can help you be familiar as to what the inspector will be looking for and you can see if your property meets the standards.

There is also a QBCC video on Pool Safety Standards in Queensland.

If you have any other particular questions about your property please don’t hesitate to call us at 1 300 899 078 or email us any questions at mail@icertified.com.au.

When do I have to have a pool fence for my portable pool or spa?

Queensland:

The Laws as of 1 December 2010 state that all spas and portable pools need a safety barrier if they meet one of these criteria (a child resistant locked cover does not serve as an approved pool barrier):

  1. Deeper than 30 cm
  2. Have a filtration system or
  3. Hold at least 2000 litres of water

See the QLD checklist for more information.

What happens if my pool/spa does not pass the first inspection?

Queensland:

A full report will be sent to you as to what needs to be fixed along with diagrams that are applicable. If our inspector deems that pool fencing proposes a public safety hazard our inspectors are required to alert the council immediately. We are also licensed to do pool fence repairs, if you would like us to give you a quote please let us know once you get your noncompliance notice and we will send you out a quote. Our work is guaranteed.

We are required by council to register all pools with them that have received a nonconformity notice and the council gives owners 90 days to rectify any nonconforming items from the date of the inspection. If more time is needed, we can come out and do another inspection (for an additional fee) and issue another nonconformity notice which will give the owners another 90 days to finish the repairs. Only two inspections can be done until the pool needs to be made compliant.

No matter what happens our team here at iCertified will walk you or your company through the process and will make sure all your needs are met to the best of our ability.

Contact iCertified - Your Brisbane Pool Safety Inspector

Have questions about Brisbane pool safety or pool compliance?

Don’t hesitate to contact one of our iCERTIFIED pool safety inspector's direct on 1300 899 078 or send through an online enquiry.

 


 

What is the fine for not having a fence around a pool?

On the spot fines of $550 can be issued.

Penalties for non compliance with pool safety regulations can be $5500 in some cases.

Can I be present during the inspection?

Yes, this is recommended so that any issues or problems with the property can be discussed with you then and there.

How much does a building and pest inspection cost?

Our building and pest inspection prices vary depending on the property size and location, though for an approximate cost you’re looking at around $500.00 incl. GST. For a more accurate quote please get in touch.

Who organises/pays for the building and pest inspection? The buyer or seller?

Generally the buyer will arrange the building and pest, however, we also carry out pre sale inspections for home owners wanting to ensure there are no surprises or major issues with their properties.

When do you usually get a building and pest inspection? Before or after making an offer on a property?

Typically the inspection occurs after the contract of sale is signed, however, if a property is going to Auction, the inspection is done before.

When will I receive my report?

We endeavour to provide you with a detailed report within 24 hours.

What equipment does the inspector use?

In order to conduct a thorough inspection of the property, our inspectors will use tools such as laser levels, moisture meters, microwave radars and infrared cameras. This equipment can help the inspector detect any termite activity, leaks, uneven floors and other potential defects.

I have questions about my report, who do I speak to?

It’s best to speak with one of our experienced inspectors regarding the findings in your report, though our admin staff are also on hand to answer your queries. Please call us on 1300 899 078.

What areas do you service?

We provide building and pest inspections throughout Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast. To arrange an inspection, book online with iCertified today! 

Pool Safety Certificate Gold Coast

Gold Coast Pool Safety Inspections

Everything you need to know about obtaining a pool safety certificate in Gold Coast, QLD.

Get Your Pool Certified - Arrange a professional Pool Safety Inspection today on 1300 899 078 or send an online enquiry.

Fenced outdoor pool

Pool fence safety laws were introduced to combat the amount of drowning deaths occurring across Australia in backyard swimming pools. Many of these deaths could have been avoided if adequate fencing was installed. 

What is a pool safety certificate?

A pool safety certificate (or pool compliance certificate) certifies that your pool fencing complies with current pool safety legislation and standards.

Whether you are buying, selling, leasing or living in your property, you must have a pool safety inspection conducted by a licensed pool safety inspector in order to get your certificate.

Pool Compliance Certificate Gold Coast

As of 1 December 2010, all properties in Queensland are required to adhere to pool safety standards and have a valid pool safety certificate.

iCertified provides affordable pool safety inspections at a time that suits the pool owner, with fast turnaround on certificates.

Once you pass the pool safety inspection your certificate of compliance will be valid immediately.

Our Pool Safety Inspections include:

  • Clear and accurate reporting;
  • Certificate lodged with government within 24 hours;
  • Large photos of any nonconforming items in the reports;
  • Reports returned to client within 24 hours;
  • Reminder letters sent a month before pool safety certificate is set to expire.

Passing the pool safety inspection

Many pool safety inspections fail due to items that are not complying with the government’s standards - Don’t let this happen to you!

Our inspectors use the government’s standards, so we recommend that you also use the government’s checklist.

View this handy QLD Pool Inspection Checklist and QBCC video to make sure you pass your inspection first go.

Pool Safety Laws

As of 30th of November 2015, homeowners on the Gold Coast must comply with the new pool safety laws even if they sell or lease the property, according to Government regulations.  

Pool fences, gates and barriers

It's not only the pool that has to be safety certified, a compliant pool barrier or fence must be in place and well-maintained at all times. Your pool gates must have self-closing hinges or latching devices. 

A well-working pool fence and barrier is essential to stop children from drowning or being seriously injured.

If your pool fence or barrier is damaged, you must repair it immediately to comply with Development Code MP 3.4—Swimming pool barriers

Read: Pool gate latch recall – Does this affect you? 

Compliant Self-Closing Gate:

Non-Compliant Gate:

Shared Pools

If residents of multiple dwellings share a swimming pool (such as through body corporate), the owner MUST provide tenants with a copy of a valid pool safety certificate before entering into a lease.

This affects all businesses including motels, hotels, resorts, lodgings and body corporates managing any form of accommodation. A shared pool safety certificate is valid for 1 year.

Leasing A Property With a Pool

If a pool is within a property that is only accessible to the current tenants, it is classified as a non-shared pool. The property owner must ensure there is a valid pool safety certificate is in place before entering into a new lease or renewing a current lease.

Residential Pools

Homeowners with a non-shared residential pool must ensure that the pool fence complies with the latest pool fence standards. Safety certificates issued for these types of pools are valid for 2 years.

Selling A Property With A Pool

  • If a pool safety certificate is current: The seller must provide a copy of the certificate before the settlement date.
  • If a valid pool safety certificate is not present by settlement: The seller provides the buyer with Form 36 including the settlement date written on the form.
  • No safety certificate when entering into a contract of sale: The seller must give the prospective buyer Form 36 – Notice Of No Pool Safety Certificate.

This is intended to help prospective buyers make an informed decision about purchasing the property with regards to pool compliance. 

Buying A Property With A Pool

If you are buying a property, a pool safety inspection can alert you to what items are non-compliant and how much it will cost to get them fixed. We can provide a quote for you.

If you have purchased a property with a pool but no pool safety certificate, you have 90 days from the settlement date to obtain a valid pool certificate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a pool safety certificate in QLD?

Yes - If you are buying, selling or leasing a property with a pool, you must get a pool safety certificate if there is not a current certificate in place.

What if my pool doesn't pass the inspection?

If your pool doesn't pass, we'll send you a full report detailing what needs to be fixed along with any diagrams that are applicable.

If our inspector deems that the property is a public safety hazard, we are required to alert the council immediately.

From the date you received the report, you have a period of six weeks to attend to the noncompliant items. If by the end of the six week period the non-compliant items have not been resolved then by law we must send a copy of the non-compliance notice to the council.

No matter what happens, our team at iCertified will walk you or your company through the process and will make sure all your needs are met to the best of our ability.

What is the fine for not having a fence around a pool?

On the spot fines of $550 can be issued.

Penalties for non compliance with pool safety regulations can be $5500 in some cases.

Do you have to register your pool in QLD?

Swimming pools must be registered in Australia.

Pool owners can do this online by completing the QBCC Swimming Pool Registration Form.

If you prefer, you can pay a fee to your local council and they will register it on your behalf.

What is the pool safety register?

The pool safety register includes:

  • Records of registered pools in Queensland.
  • Lists of pool safety certificates issued.
  • Lists of licensed pool safety inspectors.

How can I prepare for a pool safety inspection in QLD?

Please see our QLD checklist - This checklist can help you be familiarise yourself with what the pool safety inspector will be looking for and you can see if your property meets the standards.

If you have any other particular questions about pool safety, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1300 899 078 or email us any questions online.

How long does a pool safety certificate last in QLD?

Pool safety certificates are valid for one year for a shared pool and two years for a non-shared pool.

If you’re unsure about your pool compliance certificate contact us to discuss your options.

Can you sell a property without a pool safety certificate in QLD?

You can, however you must provide the buyer with Form 36 - notice of no pool safety certificate before entering into a contract of sale, and send a copy of the completed form to the QBCC before settlement. 

Despite this, your pool must be compliant with the current pool safety laws and providing this form doesn't stop your local council from taking action against you in the event of noncompliance. 

 

Is iCertified licenced and insured in QLD?

Yes - each of our fully licensed inspectors have professional indemnity insurance and we have $10,000,000 in public liability insurance.

Rest assured, you're in safe hands with iCertified.

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Have questions? Call one of the iCERTIFIED professionals on 1300 899 078 or send through an enquiry.

We provide comprehensive pool safety inspections throughout South East Queensland including Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

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Queensland:

A full report will be sent to you as to what needs to be fixed along with diagrams that are applicable. If our inspector deems that pool fencing proposes a public safety hazard our inspectors are required to alert the council immediately. We are also licensed to do pool fence repairs, if you would like us to give you a quote please let us know once you get your noncompliance notice and we will send you out a quote. Our work is guaranteed.

We are required by council to register all pools with them that have received a nonconformity notice and the council gives owners 90 days to rectify any nonconforming items from the date of the inspection. If more time is needed, we can come out and do another inspection (for an additional fee) and issue another nonconformity notice which will give the owners another 90 days to finish the repairs. Only two inspections can be done until the pool needs to be made compliant.

No matter what happens our team here at iCertified will walk you or your company through the process and will make sure all your needs are met to the best of our ability.

What happens if my pool/spa does not pass the first inspection?

Queensland:

The Laws as of 1 December 2010 state that all spas and portable pools need a safety barrier if they meet one of these criteria (a child resistant locked cover does not serve as an approved pool barrier):

  1. Deeper than 30 cm
  2. Have a filtration system or
  3. Hold at least 2000 litres of water

See the QLD checklist for more information.

When do I have to have a pool fence for my portable pool or spa?

Please see our QLD pool safety checklist, based on the Council’s Standards for the state where your property is located. These checklists can help you be familiar as to what the inspector will be looking for and you can see if your property meets the standards.

There is also a QBCC video on Pool Safety Standards in Queensland.

If you have any other particular questions about your property please don’t hesitate to call us at 1 300 899 078 or email us any questions at mail@icertified.com.au.

How can I prepare for a pool safety inspection?

For Queensland:

Form 23 – is a pool safety certificate given by a licensed pool safety inspector after he/she has inspected the property and has determined that it meets the council’s requirements.

Form 17 – is a final inspection certificate that is given after the completion of a new swimming pool or after major pool alterations by a building certifier. This works the same as a form 23 and is given for the same amount of time as a Form 23, 2 years for a single dwelling residence and 1 year for a multiple dwelling residence.

Our inspectors are licensed to issue both types of certificates in Queensland. See our QLD pool inspection checklist for more information.

For New South Wales:

A swimming pool compliance certificate is issued once the pool and pool barrier meets the council’s requirement.

Are there different types of pool safety certificates?

Depending on what State you are in or what type of property you have depends on how long your pool compliance/safety certificate is valid for.

Queensland Pool Safety Certificates:

If your property is a single dwelling residence your pool safety certificate (Form 23 or Form 17) is valid for 2 years. If you don’t lease or sell your property after 2 years you do not have to renew your certificate.

If you sell your property you are required to have a pool safety certificate (Form 23). If you buy a property you are required to have a pool safety certificate 90 days after your settlement date.

If you are leasing out your property you are required to renew your pool safety certificate (Form 23) every two years no matter how many people move in our out of the property. You must keep this certificate current for your renters unless you move back into the property.

If your property is a multiple dwelling residence your pool safety certificate is valid for 1 year (Form 23 or Form 17). The body corporate is usually responsible to provide a certificate that covers all properties in the complex. Unless your property is apart of a multiple complex dwelling and has a private pool or spa that is not available to the public then your property is viewed as a single residence dwelling the specific owners are in charge of arranging a pool safety certificate.

For all certificates in Queensland, they expire a day before the date they were issued 2 years earlier.

If you’re unsure about your pool compliance certificate contact us to discuss your options today.

How long does the pool safety certificate last?

One of our knowledgeable inspectors will come out and measure and check all the Standards which are provided by the council depending on what State your property is in. Our inspector will be checking the pool fence and parts of the dwelling if they are in the vicinity of the pool area.

View our helpful checklists below for your state:

Our inspector at this time welcomes any questions you might have if you are present for the inspection.

An average pool inspection can range from 30 minutes to 1 hour long. No matter how big or small the property is our inspector takes as much time as necessary to ensure your pool is safe. Pool safety is our first priority.

What is involved in a pool safety inspection?

You can call and speak with one of the friendly iCertified team at 1300 899 078 or book online now. Fill in the form and one of our helpful staff will assist you with your booking.

How do I book an inspection?

iCertified offer the following payment options:

  • Pay via phone prior to your inspection booking and supply your credit card/debit card details with one of our staff members
  • Pay the inspector at the time of the inspection by cash of EFTPOS (he will have an EFTPOS machine with him).
  • You can also contact and pay with a credit card/debit card after the inspection by calling our office or we will send you an invoice and you can pay via electronic transfer.

If you have any further questions please contact us at 1300 899 078.

How and when do I pay for the inspections?

The iCertified team is always available to speak to and advise you regarding your queries and concerns. Call us on 1300 899 078 today

Can I speak with the Certifier / inspector?

Each of our fully licensed inspectors have professional indemnity insurance and we have $10,000,000 in public liability insurance.

Is iCertified licensed?

Queensland
Homeowners in Queensland have until 30th of November 2015 to comply with the new pool safety laws or earlier if they sell or lease property before this time.

When leasing or selling a property you need a current pool safety certificate.

If you are buying a property a pool safety inspection can alert you to know what items are non-compliant and how much it will cost to get them fixed we can provide a quote for your for the work.

If you have bought a property, you have 90 days from settlement date to provide a valid pool certificate.

We offer pool safety inspections in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Find out more about getting a pool safety inspection.

How do I know if I need a Pool Safety/compliance Inspection?

A pre-sale inspection will help you know if there are any hidden costs, last minute issues that could prevent a sale, help you identify value in your property that could help you negotiate sale or help you renovate items to get the most value from your house.

How do I know if I need a Pre-Sale Inspection?

A pre-purchase inspection will give any buyer peace of mind, the power to be fully informed, power to negotiate prices and understand what unexpected costs might be involved before buying a house and we can help you understand everything! iCertified offer building inspections in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Learn more about our building inspection services.

How do I know if I need a Pre-Purchase Building Inspection?

Carrie R, Newcastle

Thank you for spending the extra time with us to show us how to make the pool fence comply – you really saved us a lot of money. We ended up getting good tenants for the house and have peace of mind that everything is safe.

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Gold Coast Inspections

Building & Pest Inspections, Pools Safety Certificates & more

Whether you are about to purchase a property and require an inspection, need building approvals for upcoming construction work, or need a professional opinion about building defects and safety, contact the professional team at iCertified. No matter what service we are providing, we make sure our reports are clear and easy to understand. At iCertified, we put our customers, the safety of their families, and the safety of the building we inspect first.

Our inspectors have years of local knowledge of the Gold Coast and the surrounding areas. Their vast experience in providing comprehensive property inspections and reports is an asset to any business, home or complex owner, ensuring you receive clear, accurate reports and certificates.

Arrange an inspection: 1300 899 078 or book online.

Gold Coast Inspection & Certification Services

Find the inspection or certification service you need from the list below, call us or book online today.

Pool Safety Certificates (QLD)

Many Gold Coast properties have a pool in the backyard or complex. It a requirement by law for all properties in Queensland to have a current pool safety certificate. We specialise in providing fast and convenient pool safety inspections and will be able to determine whether your pool is compliant. You will receive your report within 24 hours after the inspection. If your pool passes the inspection, your compliance certficate will be valid immediately.

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Building & Pest Inspections Gold Coast

A pre-purchase building and pest inspection is essential if you're about to buy a property on the Gold Coast. We will provide you with a detailed report about the building and any areas of concern after inspecting the interior and exterior of the property. We also conduct pest inspections where our qualified inspector will check your entire house and report on any destructive pests or termites, as well as treatment advice to prevent or remove an infestation.

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Building Approvals & Permits Gold Coast

If you are involved in any form of building works on the Gold Coast, ensure the safety of the structure and keep your project compliant with industry regulations by engaging our private building certifiers. We provide the necessary building approvals required by council, site inspections, audits and documentation during the building design phase, construction phase and at completion. The final building certification will be provided to both the owner and the local government.

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Building Defect and Safety Reporting

We will inspect your building or property for defects or potential hazards. This will protect you from liability if an injury was to occur. We have over 20 years experience in building surveying, our professional advice will make meeting your safety obligations much easier.

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Smoke Alarms Inspections

In Queensland, the law states that all properties must be fitted with a working smoke alarm with annual inspections. We will give you peace of mind by ensuring that your smoke alaram is compliant, operational and functioning properly.

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All our inspectors are fully licensed to carry out all inspections professionally and according to Government Standards.

Please don’t hesitate to call one of the iCertified professionals on the Gold Coast to help at 1300 899 078.


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Regions we service

How do I know if I need a Pool Safety/compliance Inspection?

Queensland
Homeowners in Queensland have until 30th of November 2015 to comply with the new pool safety laws or earlier if they sell or lease property before this time.

When leasing or selling a property you need a current pool safety certificate.

If you are buying a property a pool safety inspection can alert you to know what items are non-compliant and how much it will cost to get them fixed we can provide a quote for your for the work.

If you have bought a property, you have 90 days from settlement date to provide a valid pool certificate.

We offer pool safety inspections in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Find out more about getting a pool safety inspection.

What is a building certification?

In Queensland, it's required by law for buildings and structures to be evaluated against the building assessments provisions.

These provisions include:

  • The Building Code of Australia (Volumes 1 & 2 of the National Construction Code.)
  • Queensland Development Code.
  • Various other regulations in Queensland.

Why do I need a building certification?

Obtaining a building certification through a private certifier confirms that your structure is compliant with local council and state/federal law. This also covers any developments or subdivisions planned for the future.

What is the fine for not having a fence around your pool?

On the spot fines of $550 can be issued.

Penalties for non compliance with pool safety regulations can be $5500 in some cases.

What is the fine for not having a fence around a pool?

On the spot fines of $550 can be issued.

Penalties for non compliance with pool safety regulations can be $5500 in some cases.

Do you have to register your pool in QLD?

Swimming pools must be registered in Australia.

Home owners can enter their pool in the QLD pool safety register by completing the QBCC Swimming Pool Registration Form online.

If you prefer, you can pay a fee to your local council and they will register it on your behalf.

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Each of our fully licensed inspectors have professional indemnity insurance and we have $10,000,000 in public liability insurance.

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As I am a Body Corporate Complex manger, and deal with tradespeople on a daily basis, it was great that you came when you said you would. The inspection was efficient and detailed, and I was very confident that the service I was getting was the best.

Terms & Conditions

Supply Terms & Conditions

1. Definitions and Interpretation

1.1. In these terms and conditions:

1.1.1. “Business Day” means a day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or any other day which is a public holiday or a bank holiday in the place where an act is to be performed or a payment is to be made.
1.1.2. “Customer” means the person(s) or entities Receiving Services upon these Terms.
1.1.3. “Subject Property” includes all buildings, structures, improvements, fixtures, objects and spaces within the scope of
the Services.
1.1.4. “Receiving Services” means the process of engaging Us to provide Services, receiving Services from Us, or relying upon Services provided by Us, however the circumstances of engagement, receipt or reliance may arise. The phrase “Receives Services” has a corresponding meaning.
1.1.5. “We” and “Us” mean iCertified (ABN: 601 868 606), PO Box 270 Paradise Point 4216 and PO Box 996, Ashfield, NSW 1800. The word “Our” has a corresponding, possessive meaning.
1.1.6. “Services” means any report, document, certificate, information, product, good or the like provided by Us to a Customer in exchange for consideration.
1.1.7. “Terms” means these Supply Terms and Conditions, upon which We agree to supply Services to the Customer.

1.2. Parties

1.2.1. If a party consists of more than one (1) person, these Terms bind each of them severally and any two (2) or more of them jointly.
1.2.2. An obligation, representation or warranty in favour of more than one (1) person is for the benefit of them severally and jointly.
1.2.3. A party which is a trustee is bound both personally and in its capacity as a trustee.

 2. Binding Terms and Conditions

2.1. These Terms are binding upon the Customer.

2.2. For the avoidance of doubt, if the acceptance of the Services is made by a Body Corporate Manager or other equivalent agent, they agree that they are duly authorised as the Customer’s agent to alter the Customer’s legal relations. They hereby agree, as agent of the principal, to bind the Customer to these Terms.

2.3. The only warranties, guarantees, conditions and/or obligations which are binding upon Us are:

2.3.1. those set out in these Terms;
2.3.2. those otherwise agreed to in writing by Us; and
2.3.3. those, if any, which are implied at law and which cannot be excluded.

2.4. In the event that a provision of the Terms proves to be illegal or unenforceable pursuant to any applicable statute or rule of law, or for any other reason, such provision is deemed severed to the fullest extent possible without affecting the legality of the remaining provisions.

 3. General and Applicable Law

3.1. In the case of Services provided to Customers who are situated in any Australian State or Territory, or New Zealand, the Terms shall be governed and interpreted according to the laws of Queensland, Australia and each Customer consents to submit to the jurisdiction of the Courts of Queensland and the Commonwealth of Australia.

3.2. In the case of Services provided to Customers who are situated in Canada, the Terms shall be governed and interpreted according to the laws of British Columbia, Canada and each Customer consents to submit to the jurisdiction of the Courts of British Columbia and Canada.

3.3. In the event that neither clause 3.1 nor 3.2 apply, the Terms shall be governed and interpreted according to the laws of Queensland, Australia and each Customer consents to submit to the jurisdiction of the Courts of Queensland and the Commonwealth of Australia.

4. Entire Agreement and Understanding

4.1. These Terms, any quotation or work order form, and, in the case of supply of ARM-CC services – the ARM Terms and Conditions of Supply, set out the whole of the agreement and understanding between the Customer and Us with respect to the provision of Services by Us to the Customer and supersede any and all earlier understandings and agreements, whether oral or written, between the Customer and Us.

4.2. Subject to clause 5, these Terms may be supplemented, amended or modified only by the mutual agreement of the Customer and Us. No supplementation, amendment or modification of these Terms shall be binding unless it is in writing and signed for or by both the Customer and Us.

4.3. By Receiving Services the Customer accepts these Terms without reservation.

5. Modification of Terms

5.1. We reserve the right to change these Terms from time to time.

5.2. We will take reasonable steps to inform the Customer of changes to the Terms.

5.3. The Customer confirms that notification of amended Terms on Our website or reference to the Terms in any material provided to the Customer will be reasonable steps by Us to inform the Customer.

6. Operational Coverage

6.1. The Customer authorises Us to sub-contract or separately engage a third party to produce any part or all of the Services at the absolute discretion of Us and without any requirement to provide notice to the Customer.

7. Cancellations

7.1. Where the Customer notifies iCERTIFIED that it wishes to cancel its order for the Service, and We have not attended the subject property for the purpose of completing the Service, a 100% refund may apply, at Our discretion.

7.2. Where the Customer notifies Us that it wishes to cancel its order for the Service, and We have attended the subject property for the purpose of completing the Service, but have not prepared the report, document, certificate, information, product, good or the like constituting the Service, a part refund may apply, at Our discretion.

7.3. Where the Customer notifies Us that it wishes to cancel its order for the Service, and We have prepared the report, document, certificate, information, product, good or the like constituting the Service, whether or not it has been delivered to the Customer, no refund shall apply.

8. Force Majeure

8.1. If a party is prevented or delayed in complying with an obligation (other than to pay money) by an event beyond its reasonable control, performance by it of that obligation is suspended during that time, but only to the extent that compliance is prevented or delayed.

9. Waiver

9.1. Our delay in exercising a power or right shall not operate as a waiver of that power or right.

9.2. The exercise of a power or right does not preclude either its exercise in the future or the exercise of any other power or right.

9.3. A waiver is not effective unless in writing.

9.4. Waiver of a power or right is effective only in respect of the specific instance to which that waiver relates and for the specific purpose for which that waiver is given.

10. Acceptance

10.1. The Customer must inspect and review the Services immediately upon them being delivered, provided or made available, and must within ten (10) Business Days after the date of the Services being delivered, provided, or made available give written notice to Us of any claim that the Services are not in accordance with the Terms or otherwise unsatisfactory.

10.2. If the Customer fails to give the notice in Clause 10.1, then to the extent permitted by law, the Services must be treated as being accepted by the Customer.

11. Release and Indemnity

11.1. The Customer hereby acknowledges that iCERTIFIED will not be responsible for any consequences, damage or injury arising from any matters outside the general Scope of Services listed in clause 14, or from any matters subject to a specific limitation within these Terms.

For example, without limiting the generality of this clause, We will not be responsible for any consequences of an Asbestos Report failing to advise of asbestos in inaccessible locations, as that is subject to a general limitation in clause 14.1 below.

For example, without limiting the generality of this clause, We will not be responsible for any consequences of a Safety Report failing to warn of slip-hazards, as that is subject to a specific limitation in clause 16.3.1.6 below.

11.2. In the case of mistakes brought to our attention within 12 months of the Customer Receiving Services, We will amend the report once at no cost. This may include multiple amendments to a single report, where these are processed concurrently. Further amendments, or amendments beyond the 12 month time frame will be charged at a rate of $110 per hour, and if a reinspection is required we will charge an additional fee of $330.

11.3. We exclude any warranties, conditions or undertakings, express or implied, that are legally able to be excluded.

11.4. In the case of breach of those warranties, conditions or undertakings, express or implied, that cannot be excluded by law, the Customer agrees that We have a maximum liability, in relation to loss, damage or injury of any nature howsoever arising, limited to, at Our option:
in relation to services:

11.4.1.1. the supply of the Services again;
11.4.1.2. the payment of the cost of having the Services supplied again.

in relation to goods:

11.4.1.3. the replacement of the goods or the supply of equivalent goods;
11.4.1.4. the repair of such goods;
11.4.1.5. the payment of the cost of replacing the goods or acquiring equivalent goods; or
11.4.1.6. payment of the cost of having the goods repaired.

12. Restrictions on Accessing and Using the Services

12.1. The Customer agrees that all Services are provided only for the purpose of assisting Our bona fide paying customers, and agrees:

12.1.1. Only to use the Services for the Customer’s own bona fide purposes in their capacity as Our customer;
12.1.2. Not to use the Services in any way for the purpose of gaining a competitive advantage over Us;
12.1.3. Not to communicate, broadcast, reproduce, disseminate, disclose, supply or otherwise provide all or any part of the Services to any third party without Our prior written consent;
12.1.4. When using the Services in any way, to only use the whole of the information or report so that the contextual integrity of the information or report is preserved;
12.1.5. Only to apply, use or rely upon the Services for the purpose and within the scope and limitations provided for in these Terms and in any report and/or subject matter comprising the Services;
12.1.6. That the Customer does not hold copyright or any other intellectual property rights in the Services, other than the minimum rights necessary to use the Services for the purposes for which they are provided.
12.1.7. Not to do any act which constitutes an infringement of copyright or any other intellectual property right without Our express permission in writing.

12.2. No rights in relation to the Services, including but not limited to the rights to use or rely upon the Services pass to the Customer until the money owing for those Services has been paid in full.

12.3. The Customer prior to payment takes custody of any such goods and retains them as a bailee of a bailment terminable at will. All liens, equitable and otherwise, are preserved in such circumstances.

13. Customer’s Information and Privacy

13.1. The Customer authorises Us to retain, organise and use for marketing purposes information about the Customer provided to Us in the context of the Services, for any purpose connected with Our business, and to provide that information to any third party for any purpose associated with the Services.

13.2. We will make relevant information in its records about the Customer available to the Customer upon written request, to the full extent required by applicable privacy legislation. Please refer to Our Privacy Policy for further details.

14. Scope of Services and Limitations

14.1. We will only inspect areas within the scope of the Services to which safe, reasonable, appropriate, unobstructed access is available (‘accessible areas’). The extent of accessible areas will be determined by Us, based on the conditions encountered at the time of inspection. We will not be able to report on the condition of, or take into account the impact of circumstances existing in areas other than accessible areas and the Customer accepts that all Services are subject to that limitation.

14.1.1. Elevated areas are not usually accessible areas due to occupational health and safety issues.
14.1.2. Where entry to an area is denied to Us, including any area which is locked and for which keys are not provided, and including areas of private property to which access is not expressly permitted, that area will not be an accessible area.

14.2. Unless otherwise agreed, We will conduct a visual inspection only as a part of the Services. Therefore:

14.2.1. areas and objects which are obscured or obstructed by finishes or other objects (including but not limited to, wall cavities, beneath floor coverings, integral parts of machinery, obscured and masked areas, etc) will not be inspected.
14.2.2. as We cannot undertake invasive or destructive investigation or testing unless it has been specifically requested and authorised, We will assess the condition of areas and objects based on their superficial condition only (for example, it may be impossible to detect the presence of asbestos-containing materials in many cases without destructive testing, which is often neither practical nor appropriate);

14.3. We will not attempt to predict the effect of varying environmental conditions on the findings contained in the Services. The findings contained in the Services will be based on the prevailing conditions at the time of inspection (for example, the adequacy of drainage in wet weather conditions cannot be thoroughly assessed when the inspection occurs in other conditions);

14.4. The Services provided do not include services which require specialised trade or other qualifications, or those which are the subject of specific maintenance contractor arrangements. For example:

14.4.1. We do not conduct a thorough assessment of the electrical switchboard or other plant and equipment, as this must be performed by a qualified and licensed electrical or other contractor;
14.4.2. We do not conduct an assessment of the operational status of emergency equipment, such as fire safety equipment, as We will be unable to undertake testing of such equipment to assess its operational status;
14.4.3. We do not conduct a thorough inspection of the plumbing, gutters and downpipes and roof, as this must be performed by a qualified and licensed plumbing contractor;
14.4.4. We do not undertake a pest inspection, which must be performed by a qualified and licensed pest inspector;
14.4.5. We do not provide engineering services and do not assess structural adequacy, except as part of our Structural Engineering Service;
14.4.6. While a visual inspection will be made of accessible plant and equipment, including air conditioning units, cooling towers, pumps, motors, and lifts, it is presumed that all essential maintenance, as required by the manufacturer subject to specific on-site factors (such as adverse environmental factors), is being carried out through ongoing maintenance contracts.

14.5. In providing the Services, and forming its conclusions as stated in any report or other documentation which is produced as an outcome of the Services, We may rely upon information provided by the Customer and by third parties without independently verifying that information. Therefore, conclusions formed on the basis of such information are qualified and may only be relied upon on the basis that they are formed in reliance upon the completeness and accuracy of information provided to Us.

15. Pool Safety Inspection

15.1. A “Pool safety Inspection” is a type of Service, provided in accordance Chapter 8 of the Building Act 1975 (Qld). It includes:

15.1.1. inspecting a regulated pool to decide whether to give a certificate (a pool safety certificate) that states the pool is a complying pool and issuing either a pool safety certificate or a non-conformity notice as applicable.

15.2. What we require from You when You order a Pool Safety Inspection

15.2.1. A completed order form, or a work order containing the information listed on our order form.

15.3. Specific Limitations on Pool Safety Inspections

15.3.1. We will not conduct quantitative strength testing of the pool fence as a part of the Service.
15.3.2. We will inspect only those items required to be inspected under MP 3.4 of the Queensland Development Code, and associated instruments.
15.3.3. We will not perform repairs as part of the Service.
15.3.4. Where a non-conformity notice is issued, it is the obligation of the Customer to contact Us to arrange for a subsequent Pool Safety Inspection once the rectification work listed on the non-conformity notice has been completed:
15.3.4.1. Once the Customer has requested a subsequent Pool Safety Inspection, We will conduct that subsequent Pool Safety Inspection within 20 business days, unless otherwise agreed.
15.3.4.2. Without limiting the generality of Clause 11, We are expressly not liable for any consequential loss suffered by the Customer or third party as a result of a Pool Safety Certificate not being issued by a particular date.

Example A for Clause 15.3.4.3: We are not liable to the Customer or third party for any loss suffered due to a lease not being executed over a property due to a Pool Safety Certificate not being issued.

Example B for Clause 15.3.4.3: We are not liable to the Customer or third party for any loss suffered due to a property settlement not proceeding due to a Pool Safety Certificate not being issued.

16. Safety Reports

16.1. Purpose

16.1.1. The purpose of a Safety Report is to identify physical hazards that give rise to risks on the Subject Property, to assess those risks, and to recommend control measures.
16.1.2. The Safety Report will be conducted in accordance with the relevant Work Health and Safety or Occupational Health and Safety Legislation (‘Safety Legislation’) for the Subject Property.
16.1.3. A Safety Report is not a comprehensive audit in compliance with the relevant Safety Legislation. An audit may include additional requirements such as the incorporation of manual handling, job task analysis, training, air space and lighting measurements, asbestos analysis, chemical management, a safety management system and policies and procedures for safe work.

16.2. What we require from You when You order a Safety Report

16.2.1. A completed order form, or a work order containing the information listed on our order form;
16.2.2. Plans for the Subject Property showing the common areas and private areas.

16.3. Specific Limitations on Safety Reports

16.3.1. A Safety Report will not address certain issues, including:

16.3.1.1. any assessment of the structural adequacy of any of the elements of the Subject Property;
16.3.1.2. issues relating to asbestos, including the identification and assessment of the condition of asbestos;
16.3.1.3. issues relating to fire safety, including the adequacy of fire safety measures, emergency response planning or maintenance or training regimes;
16.3.1.4. a glass assessment;
16.3.1.5. structural rigidity of balustrades or handrails;
16.3.1.6. quantitative slip testing to AS 4663 and AS 4586;
16.3.1.7. the provision or adequacy of lighting on the Subject Property; or
16.3.1.8. risks which the inspector deems to be insignificant, far-fetched or fanciful.

16.3.2. Any comments contained in a Safety Report in relation to the issues listed in Clause 16.3.1. will be incidental in nature and qualitative, and do not imply that any further issues of that type were considered.
16.3.3. A Safety Report may contain comments regarding the condition or nature of balustrades on the Subject Property, however the balustrades will not be comprehensively inspected and tested as part of this Service.

16.3.3.1. We do offer a specific Service of Balustrade Testing. The scope of the Services provided in the context of that Balustrade Testing is more comprehensive. Balustrade Testing is recommended where there are any visible signs of corrosion or other deterioration on or in the vicinity of the balustrade (including fixings), or whenever the balustrades are over 10 years old.
16.3.3.2. Balustrade Testing will only be conducted when specifically requested.

16.3.4. It is the responsibility of the Customer to:

16.3.4.1. ensure that the recommendations contained in the Services are adopted; and
16.3.4.2. to ensure ongoing compliance with relevant safety standards.
16.3.5. The customer acknowledges that receiving and acting in reliance upon the Services will not necessarily ensure compliance with safety legislation – rather the Services recommend methods of managing or minimising the risks associated with relevant site-specific, physical hazards at the time of inspection.

 17. Asbestos Reports

17.1. In some instances, Asbestos Containing Material may be present in areas that cannot be assessed without implementing destructive sampling techniques. We will take samples in these circumstances.

17.2. Customers hold Us indemnified from any damage that a sample causes. We will seal the leading edge of the sampled material in accordance with government guidelines, however we will not otherwise repair any damage caused by sampling techniques.

17.3. We cannot conclusively assess the presence or absence of Asbestos and rely on the results of these independent tests (where conducted). We will forward to the recipient of the Asbestos Survey any report or findings of the independent testing agency, in the form provided by the independent testing agency, when they become available, but we do not adopt or make any representations, guarantees or warranties as to the accuracy of the findings of the independent testing agency.

18. Access to Private Units or Lots

18.1. Where the provision of the Services requires access to individual private units or lots, the Customer is responsible for arranging access for these inspections.

18.2. A separate Tax Invoice will be issued for the inspection of the common property and individual private units or lots and payment of the Tax Invoice is the responsibility of the Customer.

18.3. A single report will be supplied which includes all details of common property and relevant private units or lots. It is the responsibility of the Customer or their agent to supply this report to the owners of relevant private units or lots or to any further intended recipients.

18.4. Clause 20.3 does not apply to Our Pool Safety Inspection Service. We will provide a separate pool safety certificate or non-conformity notice for each pool that is the subject of the Service.

19. Provisions of Plans with Order

19.1. The Customer must, when ordering the Services, provide Us with any relevant building or other plans requested by Us.

19.2. If the Customer does not provide requested or relevant building plans under clause 22.1, We may order the building or other relevant plans ten business days after the Customer orders the Services, but only after We attempt to contact the Customer three times (twice by email and once by phone), to obtain the requested building plans.

19.3. If the Customer cannot be contacted or has not provided Us with the building or other relevant plans within ten business days after the Customer orders the Services, then We presume that permission has been granted to order building or other relevant plans on behalf of the customer at Our own discretion.

19.4. The Customer must pay any costs associated with Us ordering the requested building or other relevant plans, including an administration charge of $88. The administration charge and cost of the building or other relevant plans will be added to the cost of the Services.

Why do I need a building certification?

Obtaining a building certification through a private certifier confirms that your structure is compliant with local council and state/federal law. This also covers any developments or subdivisions planned for the future.

What is a Private Building Certifier?

A Private Certifier is a building specialist or Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) who is authorised to examine and approve building/construction work.

It is the PCA's job to verify that building work complies with authorised plans and state legal standards.

Do you have to register your pool in NSW?

Swimming pools must be registered.

Pool owners can do this online by completing the NSW Swimming Pool Registration Form.

If you prefer, you can pay a fee to your local council and they will register it on your behalf.

Do you have to register your pool in QLD?

Swimming pools must be registered in Australia.

Pool owners can do this online by completing the QBCC Swimming Pool Registration Form.

If you prefer, you can pay a fee to your local council and they will register it on your behalf.

How can I prepare for a pool safety inspection in QLD?

Please see our QLD checklist - This checklist can help you be familiarise yourself with what the pool safety inspector will be looking for and you can see if your property meets the standards.

If you have any other particular questions about pool safety, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1300 899 078 or email us any questions at mail@icertified.com.au.

What is the pool safety register?

The pool safety register includes:

  • Records of registered pools in Queensland.
  • Lists of pool safety certificates issued.
  • Lists of licensed pool safety inspectors.

Building Approvals and Certification

Whether building a residential property, commercial premises, or structure on an existing property, building approval and certification is required to ensure safety and compliance to the relevant building codes in your area. 

No matter the size or scope of your building project, whether its residential or commercial, iCertified's experienced and professional private building certifiers will provide the highest level of service in certifying your project through all stages of the build. 

Arrange an inspection: 1300 899 078 or book online.

Building Approvals & Certification

If you are undertaking construction work of any kind or altering or repairing structural building work, whether it's residential or commercial, by law you must get the required building approvals and permits from a licensed and registered Private Building Certifier. Our Certifiers can provide the necessary permits so your project can begin and remain compliant with regulatory bodies.

As part of the compliancy process, a certifier is required to regularly inspect building projects during the design, each stage of construction and on completion to ensure that the work complies with the initial plans, as well as the necessary building standards and codes for your state. The building certifier also looks after the relevant approvals and documentation required throughout the build process, which must be lodged with your local council.

iCertified's team of qualified inspectors are:

Our Building Certification Services:

iCertified are experienced with the entire building certification process and will assess building works from start to finish.

View our Building Approval Step-by-step Process.

Building Design Stage

While the building is being designed we can help, providing assistance through:

  • Comprehensive building advice
  • Assessing and approving building plans
  • Town planning
  • Energy efficiency
  • Ensuring the building meets Local Government requirements
  • Confirming the building is suitable for occupancy

Building Construction & Completion Stage

During the construction process our services include:

  • Site inspections at mandatory stages such as:
    • Foundations and excavation stage
    • Slab stage (prior to pouring concrete)
    • Building frame stage (prior to masonry, cladding or lining)
    • Final stage (after the building work has been completed)
  • We provide ongoing advice in compliance with Building Approval documents
  • We complete the final certification for your project in conformity with the supporting certification and documentation
  • We issue the final Certification documentation to the building owner and local government

What types of building works require a permit?

Our accredited certifiers provide building approvals for the following building works:

  • Construction of new dwellings/homes
  • Renovations and extensions to existing homes
  • Balconies, patios, verandas and decks
  • Garages, carports and sheds
  • Swimming pools and fences
  • Retaining walls
  • As constructed Approvals
  • Shop fit-outs
  • Termite repair certification
  • And many more types of structures, both residential and commercial.

In some cases a building approval isn't required, such as for minor home renovations and the construction of small sheds, called ‘accepted developments’, however in these cases it may still be required to get local government approval.

A qualified building certifier will be able to advise whether or not a building approval is needed. It can be a costly mistake to conduct any building work without the appropriate approvals so it's best to check this with a professional.

Why do you need a Building Approval?

Building Approvals ensure the safety of a building project structure and are assessed against the Building Code of Australia and the Building and Plumbing Regulations (Queensland). A licenced building certifier is responsible for checking whether the proposed work is compliant with the Building Act 1975. This includes the following areas:

  • Will the building be safe, and designed and constructed soundly?
  • Does the building have the correct level of fire safety?
  • Will the building be appropriately protected from pests?
  • Will the building be adequately drained and sewered?
  • Will the building meet minimum energy and water efficiency standards?

Contact us for Building Approvals

Let us help you make sure your building project is compliant with industry standards and regulations. Don't delay in organising your building approvals. 

iCertified have accredited private building certifiers on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

Call us on 1300 899 078 or fill out our enquiry form to discuss your building approval needs.

Brisbane

Building Certifiers Brisbane

No matter the size or scope of your building project, iCertified's experienced and professional private building certifiers Brisbane will provide the highest level of service in certifying your project through all stages of the build, ensuring a smooth process.

Independent building inspector doing a private certification on a new home

Commecial & Residential Building Certification

Whether you're responsible for building a residential development, commercial premises, or an additional structure on an existing property, building approval and certification is required.

Building approval ensures your project is safe and compliant with the relevant building codes in your area.

Quick Building Certification FAQs

How do I know if I need a Pre-Purchase Building Inspection?

A pre-purchase inspection will give any buyer peace of mind, the power to be fully informed, power to negotiate prices and understand what unexpected costs might be involved before buying a house and we can help you understand everything! iCertified offer building inspections in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Learn more about our building inspection services.

How do I know if I need a Pre-Sale Inspection?

A pre-sale inspection will help you know if there are any hidden costs, last minute issues that could prevent a sale, help you identify value in your property that could help you negotiate sale or help you renovate items to get the most value from your house.

How do I know if I need a Pool Safety/compliance Inspection?

Queensland
Homeowners in Queensland have until 30th of November 2015 to comply with the new pool safety laws or earlier if they sell or lease property before this time.

When leasing or selling a property you need a current pool safety certificate.

If you are buying a property a pool safety inspection can alert you to know what items are non-compliant and how much it will cost to get them fixed we can provide a quote for your for the work.

If you have bought a property, you have 90 days from settlement date to provide a valid pool certificate.

We offer pool safety inspections in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Find out more about getting a pool safety inspection.

Is iCertified licensed?

Each of our fully licensed inspectors have professional indemnity insurance and we have $10,000,000 in public liability insurance.

Can I speak with the Certifier / inspector?

The iCertified team is always available to speak to and advise you regarding your queries and concerns. Call us on 1300 899 078 today

How and when do I pay for the inspections?

iCertified offer the following payment options:

  • Pay via phone prior to your inspection booking and supply your credit card/debit card details with one of our staff members
  • Pay the inspector at the time of the inspection by cash of EFTPOS (he will have an EFTPOS machine with him).
  • You can also contact and pay with a credit card/debit card after the inspection by calling our office or we will send you an invoice and you can pay via electronic transfer.

If you have any further questions please contact us at 1300 899 078.

How do I book an inspection?

You can call and speak with one of the friendly iCertified team at 1300 899 078 or book online now. Fill in the form and one of our helpful staff will assist you with your booking.

What is involved in a pool safety inspection?

One of our knowledgeable inspectors will come out and measure and check all the Standards which are provided by the council depending on what State your property is in. Our inspector will be checking the pool fence and parts of the dwelling if they are in the vicinity of the pool area.

View our helpful checklists below for your state:

Our inspector at this time welcomes any questions you might have if you are present for the inspection.

An average pool inspection can range from 30 minutes to 1 hour long. No matter how big or small the property is our inspector takes as much time as necessary to ensure your pool is safe. Pool safety is our first priority.

How long does the pool safety certificate last?

Depending on what State you are in or what type of property you have depends on how long your pool compliance/safety certificate is valid for.

Queensland Pool Safety Certificates:

If your property is a single dwelling residence your pool safety certificate (Form 23 or Form 17) is valid for 2 years. If you don’t lease or sell your property after 2 years you do not have to renew your certificate.

If you sell your property you are required to have a pool safety certificate (Form 23). If you buy a property you are required to have a pool safety certificate 90 days after your settlement date.

If you are leasing out your property you are required to renew your pool safety certificate (Form 23) every two years no matter how many people move in our out of the property. You must keep this certificate current for your renters unless you move back into the property.

If your property is a multiple dwelling residence your pool safety certificate is valid for 1 year (Form 23 or Form 17). The body corporate is usually responsible to provide a certificate that covers all properties in the complex. Unless your property is apart of a multiple complex dwelling and has a private pool or spa that is not available to the public then your property is viewed as a single residence dwelling the specific owners are in charge of arranging a pool safety certificate.

For all certificates in Queensland, they expire a day before the date they were issued 2 years earlier.

If you’re unsure about your pool compliance certificate contact us to discuss your options today.

Are there different types of pool safety certificates?

For Queensland:

Form 23 – is a pool safety certificate given by a licensed pool safety inspector after he/she has inspected the property and has determined that it meets the council’s requirements.

Form 17 – is a final inspection certificate that is given after the completion of a new swimming pool or after major pool alterations by a building certifier. This works the same as a form 23 and is given for the same amount of time as a Form 23, 2 years for a single dwelling residence and 1 year for a multiple dwelling residence.

Our inspectors are licensed to issue both types of certificates in Queensland. See our QLD pool inspection checklist for more information.

For New South Wales:

A swimming pool compliance certificate is issued once the pool and pool barrier meets the council’s requirement.

How can I prepare for a pool safety inspection?

Please see our QLD pool safety checklist, based on the Council’s Standards for the state where your property is located. These checklists can help you be familiar as to what the inspector will be looking for and you can see if your property meets the standards.

There is also a QBCC video on Pool Safety Standards in Queensland.

If you have any other particular questions about your property please don’t hesitate to call us at 1 300 899 078 or email us any questions at mail@icertified.com.au.

When do I have to have a pool fence for my portable pool or spa?

Queensland:

The Laws as of 1 December 2010 state that all spas and portable pools need a safety barrier if they meet one of these criteria (a child resistant locked cover does not serve as an approved pool barrier):

  1. Deeper than 30 cm
  2. Have a filtration system or
  3. Hold at least 2000 litres of water

See the QLD checklist for more information.

What happens if my pool/spa does not pass the first inspection?

Queensland:

A full report will be sent to you as to what needs to be fixed along with diagrams that are applicable. If our inspector deems that pool fencing proposes a public safety hazard our inspectors are required to alert the council immediately. We are also licensed to do pool fence repairs, if you would like us to give you a quote please let us know once you get your noncompliance notice and we will send you out a quote. Our work is guaranteed.

We are required by council to register all pools with them that have received a nonconformity notice and the council gives owners 90 days to rectify any nonconforming items from the date of the inspection. If more time is needed, we can come out and do another inspection (for an additional fee) and issue another nonconformity notice which will give the owners another 90 days to finish the repairs. Only two inspections can be done until the pool needs to be made compliant.

No matter what happens our team here at iCertified will walk you or your company through the process and will make sure all your needs are met to the best of our ability.

Arrange a building approval: 1300 899 078 or book online.

 

Private Certification & Building Approvals Brisbane

Building certifier talking with construction site supervisor

If you are undertaking construction work of any kind or altering or repairing structural building work, by law you must get the required building approvals and permits from a licensed and registered private building certifier. Our certifiers in Brisbane can provide the necessary permits so your residential or commercial project can begin without delay, while remaining compliant with regulatory bodies.

As part of the compliancy process, a certifier is required to regularly inspect building projects during the design, each stage of construction and on completion to ensure that the building work complies with the initial plans, as well as the necessary building standards and codes in the state of Queensland. The building certifier also looks after the relevant approvals and documentation required throughout the building process, which must be lodged with your local council.

iCertified's team of qualified inspectors are:

 

Our Building Certification Services

Inspector approving and certifying a newly built home in Wynnum, Brisbane QLD.

iCertified are experienced with the entire building certification process in Queensland and will assess building works from start to finish.

Building Design Stage

While the building is being designed we can provide assistance through:

  • Comprehensive building advice
  • Assessing and approving building plans
  • Town planning
  • Energy efficiency
  • Ensuring the building meets Local Government requirements
  • Confirming the building is suitable for occupancy

Building Construction & Completion Stage

During the construction process our services include:

  • Site inspections at mandatory stages such as:
    • Foundations and excavation stage
    • Slab stage (prior to pouring concrete)
    • Building frame stage (prior to masonry, cladding or lining)
    • Final stage (after the building work has been completed)
  • We provide ongoing advice in compliance with Building Approval documents
  • We complete the final certification for your project in conformity with the supporting certification and documentation
  • We issue the final Certification documentation to the building owner and local government

 

What types of building works require a permit?

Building certifier approving a newly built residential dwelling in Brisbane

Our accredited building certifiers in Brisbane provide building approvals for the following types of works:

  • Construction of new dwellings/homes
  • Renovations and extensions to existing homes
  • Balconies, patios, verandas and decks
  • Garages, carports and sheds
  • Swimming pools and fences (we also provide pool safety certificates)
  • Retaining walls
  • As constructed Approvals
  • Shop fit-outs
  • Termite repair certification
  • And many more types of structures, both residential and commercial.

When building approval may not be required

In some instances a building approval isn't required, such as:

  • Minor home renovations;
  • The construction of small sheds, stables or similar up to 10m2, other than in a tropical cyclone area (sometimes called ‘accepted developments.’)
  • A 1m high retaining wall (if no loads are imposed above it, such as a building or driveway)
  • A fence no more than 2m high (not including swimming pool fencing).
  • Minor attachments fixed to a building, such as a sunhood no more than 1m from the building.
  • Repairs and maintenance to existing buildings.
  • The construction of playground equipment no more than 3m high.

However, even in these cases you may still be required to get a local government approval (source: Business QLD).

A qualified building certifier will be able to provide expert advice on whether or not a building approval is actually needed for your project.

It can be a costly mistake to conduct any building work without the appropriate approvals so it's best to check this with a professional before doing any construction work.

Ask our experienced certifiers as soon as possible on 1300 899 078.

 

Why do you need a Building Approval?

Hand stamping a building approval with a stamp labelled approved

Building Approvals ensure the safety of a building project structure and are assessed against the Building Code of Australia and the Building and Plumbing Regulations (Queensland).

A licenced building certifier is responsible for checking whether the proposed work is compliant with the Building Act 1975. This includes the following areas:

  • Will the building be safe, and designed and constructed soundly?
  • Does the building have the correct level of fire safety?
  • Will the building be appropriately protected from pests?
  • Will the building be adequately drained and sewered?
  • Will the building meet minimum energy and water efficiency standards?

 

Lodging Building Certification Documents

The Planning Act 2016 and the Building Act 1975 require private building certifiers to lodge building certification documents with City Council.

It is the building certifiers responsibility to lodge documents with Brisbane City Council within five working days of the associated event.

A building certifier can lodge documents online or submit a hardcopy in person at any Regional Business Centre.

 

Contact us for Building Approvals

Don't delay in organising your building approvals and risk non-compliance. Use our extensive experience in the building industry to ensure your project is compliant with industry standards and regulations.

Contact our accredited private building certifiers in Brisbane today. We also serve customers in greater South East Queensland (Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast). 

Call us on or fill out our enquiry form to discuss your building approval needs.

Sunshine Coast Inspections

Building & Pest Inspections, Pool Safety Certificates & more

Our inspectors have local knowledge of the Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas. Their experience is an asset to any business, home or complex owner in the area and will ensure that the reports provided are complete and accurate, and inspections are according to Australian Standards.

We ensure that all of our inspection reports are clear and easy to follow. Whether you need a property inspection, building permits or workplace health and safety report, our professional inspectors and certifiers can assist. At iCertified, we put our customers, the safety of their families and the safety of the building we inspect as our number one priority.

Our Sunshine Coast Inspection Services

Pool Safety Certificate

It is mandatory for all properties in the Sunny Coast of Queensland to have a pool safety certificate. We provide affordable and convenient pool safety inspections with a fast turnaround time on our pool safety reports and certificates.

Learn more

 

Building & Pest Inspections Sunshine Coast

A pre-purchase inspection is essential if you are buying a property and will provide you with detailed report about the building and any areas of concern. We also conduct thorough pest inspections of the entire property and provide you with a detailed report of any termite activity or damage, as well as treatment advice to prevent or remove an infestation.

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Building Approvals & Certification Sunshine Coast

Our qualified and licensed building certifiers can issue building approvals and permits for any buildings works, residential and commercial, to ensure the safey of your building project. We can provide permits, site inspections, audits and advice through the building design and planning phase, the building construction phase and upon completion of the project, providing important documentation to the owner and local government. 

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Building Defect and Safety Reporting

Ensure your property is safe from risks posed by building defects and protect yourself from the liability of injuries occuring. With 20 years experience in building surveying, our professional advice will make meeting your safety obligations much easier.

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Smoke Alarms Inspections

In Queensland, the law states that every house and unit must be fitted with a working smoke alarm, and the legislation is always changing to be more stringent. We ensure your smoke alarm is compliant, active and working corectly.

Learn more

 

All our inspectors are fully licenced to carry out all inspections professionally and according to Government Standards.

Please don’t hesitate to call one of the iCertified professionals to help at 1300 899 078.


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Regions we service

Queensland Pool Safety Compliance

As of the 30th of November 2015, there will be only one pool safety standard in Queensland, covering all swimming pools, spas, and even some portable pools.

This video from QBCC outlines some of the minimum requirements for pool safety. You can also read the full transcript below.

If you’d like to book a pool inspection or you’re in doubt about the pool safety laws, contact our safety inspectors today.

Transcript

Swimming pools should be fun, however drowning is one of the leading causes of death in Queensland for children under the age of five years old, and whilst the supervision of children is of the highest importance, pool safety laws can save lives.

From the 30th of November 2015 there will be only one pool safety standard in Queensland. All pools, including spas and some portable pools will need to comply with the standard, or earlier if your property is sold or leased.

The standard covers such things as the height and strength of barriers, non-climbable zones, gates and latches, and preventing direct access from a building into a pool area. To assist in finding out if your pool meets the standard, we’ve provided some examples of minimum requirements.

  • The minimum height from the finished ground level to the top of the barrier is 1200mm.
  • The maximum allowable gap from the finished ground level to the bottom of any barrier is 100mm.
  • If your horizontal rails are a minimum of 900mm, the gaps in the vertical rails must not exceed 100mm.
  • If your horizontal rails are less than 900mm apart, the gaps in the vertical rails must not exceed 10mm.
  • Climbable objects must be at least 900mm away from the pool barrier on the outside, and 300mm on the inside.
  • Pool gates must not open inwards towards the pool area and must be self-closing and self-latching from all positions.
  • Latches on the gate must be at least 1500mm high from ground level, or if your latch is located on the inside of the gate it must be a minimum of 150mm below the top of the fence and it must also be covered with a 450mm radius shield.
  • There can be no direct access through a door from the house to the pool area.
  • The current CPR sign must be displayed, either attached to the barrier for the pool or displayed near the pool so that the sign is easily visible to anyone near the pool.
  • All pools in Queensland must be registered with QBCC.

The pool safety register is just another initiative protecting young children. If you are selling or leasing your property with a pool, than you have some further obligations with regards to certification. You can find this information on the QBCC website.

Pool laws are vital, so it’s really important that you get yourself up to speed. If you’re in doubt that your pool complies with the standard, than we recommend that you engage a pool safety inspector to visit your home.

Our QLD Service Areas:

 

Contact us

Still have questions?  Please don’t hesitate to call one of the iCERTIFIED professionals or send through an enquiry.

Can I speak with the Certifier / inspector?

The iCertified team is always available to speak to and advise you regarding your queries and concerns. Call us on 1300 899 078 today

NSW building professionals board

http://bpb.nsw.gov.au/

Renee H, Hope Island

Since our property was due to settle in two days, you managed to fit our inspection on the same day I called. It was great that you could help to make small adjustments on-site to ensure compliance. Even better was that we got the Pool Safety Certificate by email that afternoon and I sent it straight to my Solicitor. My settlement went through without any problems. Thank you very much. My Solicitor said that he will call you if he needs an urgent inspection.

Roofing Building Approvals

Do you need a building approval for a re-roofing project?

iCertified works with roofing contractors and property owners to help them meet administrative requirements set by the QBCC for roofing and re-roofing work. 

Call us on 1300 899 078 or enquire online.

Roofing & roof replacement building permits

As a result of major catastrophic weather events with severe storms along Queensland's north-eastern seaboard in 2017, the QLD Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) decided to conduct an audit of roofing contractors’ work and standards in the state.

It appeared a number of contractors were unaware of the requirement of holding a proper building approval and re-roofing work was being undertaken without the appropriate consent.

The state-wide review subsequently led to the QBCC reinforcing the need to obtain a building approval when re-roofing more than 20% of your roof on a residential building.

Without a valid permit, contractors are jeopardising their QBCC license and homeowners run the risk a roof that has not been lawfully approved which may affect their home insurance. 

View our article on Administrative Requirements When Roofing or Re-Roofing

Why is a re-roofing approval required?

Roofing building approvals helps to ensure roofing on buildings are constructed to building codes and building standards that address health and amenity, safety and sustainability. Since roofing is commonly replaced in 40–50-year intervals in Australia (or when it is damaged by severe weather such as cyclones), it’s therefore important to know if the proposed new roofing system is suitable and meets the current standards.

Before a roofing project can be approved, the materials along with the batten size and spacing, tie-down and the property’s roof frame will have to be assessed by a building certifier.

Who is responsible for the approval?

The building approval must be obtained by either the roofing contractor or the property owner. The roofing contractor might have to be the one to get the approval of the owner of the property, depending on the case.

Roofing contractors should take care to ensure their quotes and contracts clearly state whether the property owner or roofing contractor is responsible for obtaining the necessary building approval.

When Do you NOT need building approval?

In Queensland, Australia, there are certain instances when you may not require building approval for re-roofing projects. According to current regulations, if you are planning to replace or repair LESS THAN 20% of your existing roof with the same or similar materials, you generally do not need to seek building approval. This applies when the replacement does not involve a change in the structural integrity of the building or affect its fire safety measures.

However, it's important to note that garden sheds, completion of building works, and other types of building works may have different requirements. If you intend to modify or alter the roof structure, such as changing the pitch, adding dormer windows, or altering the roof framing, you will need to obtain building approval from the relevant local government or certifier. These changes would fall under the category of significant modifications that require official authorisation.

Private certifiers can assist you with the building application process and ensure compliance with the relevant regulations. It's worth mentioning that if your property is listed under heritage protection, there may be specific requirements and approvals necessary even for re-roofing projects. Therefore, it is always advisable to consult with your local council or a qualified building professional to ensure compliance with all regulations and obtain accurate information regarding your specific circumstances, including garden sheds or any other building works you plan to undertake.

How to get an approval with iCertified

At iCertified we offer a complete certification process from start to finish. Our approvals include two site visits by our private building certifier, once during construction and the other for final signoff of the project.

To commence the application process, contact iCertified on 1300 899 078 or send us a message

iCertified's team of qualified inspectors are:

Get your Re-Roofing Building Approval

Our experienced certifiers can support you to meet the legal requirements and remain compliant with regulatory bodies for re-roofing projects.

If you are looking at re-roofing and need a building approval, contact iCertified on 1300 899 078 or send us a message so we can help you have commonly requested documents like the Form 2A and decision notice ready to hand over as proof of compliance.

Gold Coast

Private Certifiers Gold Coast

Whether building a residential development, commercial premises, or an additional structure on an existing property, building approval and certification is required to ensure safety and compliance to the relevant building codes in your area. 

How do I know if I need a Pre-Purchase Building Inspection?

A pre-purchase inspection will give any buyer peace of mind, the power to be fully informed, power to negotiate prices and understand what unexpected costs might be involved before buying a house and we can help you understand everything! iCertified offer building inspections in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Learn more about our building inspection services.

How do I know if I need a Pre-Sale Inspection?

A pre-sale inspection will help you know if there are any hidden costs, last minute issues that could prevent a sale, help you identify value in your property that could help you negotiate sale or help you renovate items to get the most value from your house.

How do I know if I need a Pool Safety/compliance Inspection?

Queensland
Homeowners in Queensland have until 30th of November 2015 to comply with the new pool safety laws or earlier if they sell or lease property before this time.

When leasing or selling a property you need a current pool safety certificate.

If you are buying a property a pool safety inspection can alert you to know what items are non-compliant and how much it will cost to get them fixed we can provide a quote for your for the work.

If you have bought a property, you have 90 days from settlement date to provide a valid pool certificate.

We offer pool safety inspections in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Find out more about getting a pool safety inspection.

Is iCertified licensed?

Each of our fully licensed inspectors have professional indemnity insurance and we have $10,000,000 in public liability insurance.

Can I speak with the Certifier / inspector?

The iCertified team is always available to speak to and advise you regarding your queries and concerns. Call us on 1300 899 078 today

How and when do I pay for the inspections?

iCertified offer the following payment options:

  • Pay via phone prior to your inspection booking and supply your credit card/debit card details with one of our staff members
  • Pay the inspector at the time of the inspection by cash of EFTPOS (he will have an EFTPOS machine with him).
  • You can also contact and pay with a credit card/debit card after the inspection by calling our office or we will send you an invoice and you can pay via electronic transfer.

If you have any further questions please contact us at 1300 899 078.

How do I book an inspection?

You can call and speak with one of the friendly iCertified team at 1300 899 078 or book online now. Fill in the form and one of our helpful staff will assist you with your booking.

What is involved in a pool safety inspection?

One of our knowledgeable inspectors will come out and measure and check all the Standards which are provided by the council depending on what State your property is in. Our inspector will be checking the pool fence and parts of the dwelling if they are in the vicinity of the pool area.

View our helpful checklists below for your state:

Our inspector at this time welcomes any questions you might have if you are present for the inspection.

An average pool inspection can range from 30 minutes to 1 hour long. No matter how big or small the property is our inspector takes as much time as necessary to ensure your pool is safe. Pool safety is our first priority.

How long does the pool safety certificate last?

Depending on what State you are in or what type of property you have depends on how long your pool compliance/safety certificate is valid for.

Queensland Pool Safety Certificates:

If your property is a single dwelling residence your pool safety certificate (Form 23 or Form 17) is valid for 2 years. If you don’t lease or sell your property after 2 years you do not have to renew your certificate.

If you sell your property you are required to have a pool safety certificate (Form 23). If you buy a property you are required to have a pool safety certificate 90 days after your settlement date.

If you are leasing out your property you are required to renew your pool safety certificate (Form 23) every two years no matter how many people move in our out of the property. You must keep this certificate current for your renters unless you move back into the property.

If your property is a multiple dwelling residence your pool safety certificate is valid for 1 year (Form 23 or Form 17). The body corporate is usually responsible to provide a certificate that covers all properties in the complex. Unless your property is apart of a multiple complex dwelling and has a private pool or spa that is not available to the public then your property is viewed as a single residence dwelling the specific owners are in charge of arranging a pool safety certificate.

For all certificates in Queensland, they expire a day before the date they were issued 2 years earlier.

If you’re unsure about your pool compliance certificate contact us to discuss your options today.

Are there different types of pool safety certificates?

For Queensland:

Form 23 – is a pool safety certificate given by a licensed pool safety inspector after he/she has inspected the property and has determined that it meets the council’s requirements.

Form 17 – is a final inspection certificate that is given after the completion of a new swimming pool or after major pool alterations by a building certifier. This works the same as a form 23 and is given for the same amount of time as a Form 23, 2 years for a single dwelling residence and 1 year for a multiple dwelling residence.

Our inspectors are licensed to issue both types of certificates in Queensland. See our QLD pool inspection checklist for more information.

For New South Wales:

A swimming pool compliance certificate is issued once the pool and pool barrier meets the council’s requirement.

How can I prepare for a pool safety inspection?

Please see our QLD pool safety checklist, based on the Council’s Standards for the state where your property is located. These checklists can help you be familiar as to what the inspector will be looking for and you can see if your property meets the standards.

There is also a QBCC video on Pool Safety Standards in Queensland.

If you have any other particular questions about your property please don’t hesitate to call us at 1 300 899 078 or email us any questions at mail@icertified.com.au.

When do I have to have a pool fence for my portable pool or spa?

Queensland:

The Laws as of 1 December 2010 state that all spas and portable pools need a safety barrier if they meet one of these criteria (a child resistant locked cover does not serve as an approved pool barrier):

  1. Deeper than 30 cm
  2. Have a filtration system or
  3. Hold at least 2000 litres of water

See the QLD checklist for more information.

What happens if my pool/spa does not pass the first inspection?

Queensland:

A full report will be sent to you as to what needs to be fixed along with diagrams that are applicable. If our inspector deems that pool fencing proposes a public safety hazard our inspectors are required to alert the council immediately. We are also licensed to do pool fence repairs, if you would like us to give you a quote please let us know once you get your noncompliance notice and we will send you out a quote. Our work is guaranteed.

We are required by council to register all pools with them that have received a nonconformity notice and the council gives owners 90 days to rectify any nonconforming items from the date of the inspection. If more time is needed, we can come out and do another inspection (for an additional fee) and issue another nonconformity notice which will give the owners another 90 days to finish the repairs. Only two inspections can be done until the pool needs to be made compliant.

No matter what happens our team here at iCertified will walk you or your company through the process and will make sure all your needs are met to the best of our ability.

No matter the size or scope of your building project, iCertified's professional private building certifiers on the Gold Coast will provide the highest level of service.

Our experienced building industry professionals can certify your project through all stages of the build to ensure a smooth process.

Arrange a Gold Coast building approval: 1300 899 078 or book online.

 

Gold Coast Building Approvals & Certification

If you are undertaking construction work of any kind or altering or repairing structural building work, by law you must get the required building approvals and permits from a licensed and registered private building certifier.

Our certifiers on the Gold Coast can provide the necessary permits so your residential building or commercial project can begin without delay, while remaining compliant with regulatory bodies.

As part of the compliancy process, a certifier is required to regularly inspect building projects during the design, each stage of construction and on completion to ensure that the building work complies with the initial plans, as well as the necessary building standards and codes for Queensland.

The building certifier also looks after the relevant approvals and documentation required throughout the build process, which must be lodged with your local council.

Learn more about the step-by-step process to building approvals.

iCertified's team of qualified inspectors are:

 

Private Building Certification Services

iCertified is experienced with the entire building certification process in Queensland and will assess building works from start to finish.

Our Private Certifiers are well-versed in QLD State law and Gold Coast City Council regulations. This includes expertise in:

  • The Building Code of Australia;
  • The Queensland Development Code;
  • Town planning schemes.

With our knowledge and experience, you can trust that you'll receive the best professional guidance to navigate your building project with minimal issues.

Building Design Stage

While the building is being designed we can assist through:

  • Comprehensive building advice
  • Assessing and approving building plans
  • Town planning
  • Energy efficiency
  • Ensuring the building meets Local Government requirements
  • Confirming the building is suitable for occupancy

Building Construction & Completion Stage

During the construction process, our services include:

  • Site inspections at mandatory stages such as:
    • Foundations and excavation stage
    • Slab stage (prior to pouring concrete)
    • Building frame stage (prior to masonry, cladding or lining)
    • Final stage (after the building work has been completed)
  • We provide ongoing advice in compliance with Building Approval documents
  • We complete the final certification for your project in conformity with the supporting certification and documentation
  • We issue the final Certification documentation to the building owner and local government

 

What types of building works require a permit on the Gold Coast?

Our accredited building certifiers on the Gold Coast provide building approvals for the following types of works:

  • Construction of new dwellings/homes
  • Renovations and extensions to existing homes
  • Balconies, patios, verandas and decks
  • Garages, carports and sheds
  • Swimming pools and fences (we also provide pool safety certificates)
  • Retaining walls
  • As constructed Approvals
  • Shop fit-outs
  • Termite repair certification
  • And many more types of structures, both residential and commercial.

When building approval may not be required

In some instances, building approval isn't required, such as:

  • Minor home renovations;
  • The construction of small sheds, stables or similar up to 10m2, other than in a tropical cyclone area (sometimes called ‘accepted developments.’)
  • A 1m high retaining wall (if no loads are imposed above it, such as a building or driveway)
  • A fence no more than 2m high (not including swimming pool fencing).
  • Minor attachments fixed to a building, such as a sun hood no more than 1m from the building.
  • Repairs and maintenance to existing buildings.
  • The construction of playground equipment no more than 3m high.

However, even in these cases, you may still be required to get approval from Gold Coast City Council or from your local government (source: Business QLD).

A private certifier from iCertified will be able to advise you on whether or not building approval is actually required.

It can be a costly mistake to conduct any building work without the appropriate approvals so it's best to check with a professional before commencing any construction work.

Check with our experienced Gold Coast certifiers on 1300 899 078.

 

Why do you need a Building Approval?

Building Approvals ensure the safety of a building project structure and are assessed against the Building Code of Australia and the Building and Plumbing Regulations (Queensland).

A licenced building certifier is responsible for checking whether the proposed work is compliant with the Building Act 1975. This includes the following areas:

  • Will the building be safe, and designed and constructed soundly?
  • Does the building have the correct level of fire safety?
  • Will the building be appropriately protected from pests?
  • Will the building be adequately drained and sewered?
  • Will the building meet minimum energy and water efficiency standards?

 

Contact us for Gold Coast Building Approvals

Don't delay in organising your building approvals and risking non-compliance. Let us help make sure your building project is compliant with industry standards and regulations.

Our accredited private building certifiers on the Gold Coast provide an efficient and professional certification service helping make sure your project runs on time and without unnecessary delays - Call us on 1300 899 078.

Service Area

We service South East Queensland including the Gold Coast & Brisbane as well as the Sunshine Coast

Call us on 1300 899 078 or fill out our enquiry form to discuss your building approval needs.

 

Sunshine Coast

Private Certifier Sunshine Coast

If you are planning to build a residential property, commercial premises, or an additional structure on an existing property, you will require the services of a building certifier.

Building approval and certification is required to ensure safety and compliance to the relevant building codes in your area. 

No matter the size or scope of your building project, iCertified's experienced and professional private building certifiers on the Sunshine Coast will provide the highest level of service in certifying your project through all stages of the build, ensuring a smooth process.

Arrange a building approval: 1300 899 078 or book online.

Building Approvals & Certification

If you are undertaking construction work of any kind or altering or repairing structural building work, by law you must get the required building approvals and permits from a licensed and registered private building certifier. Our certifiers on the Sunshine Coast can provide the necessary permits so your residential or commercial project can begin without delay, while remaining compliant with regulatory bodies.

As part of the compliancy process, a certifier is required to regularly inspect building projects during the design, each stage of construction and on completion to ensure that the building work complies with the initial plans, as well as the necessary building standards and codes for Queensland. The building certifier also looks after the relevant approvals and documentation required throughout the build process, which must be lodged with your local council.

iCertified's team of qualified inspectors are:

Our Sunshine Coast Building Certification Services

iCertified are experienced with the entire building certification process in Queensland and will assess building works from start to finish.

Building Design Stage

While the building is being designed we can provide assistance through:

  • Comprehensive building advice
  • Assessing and approving building plans
  • Town planning
  • Energy efficiency
  • Ensuring the building meets Local Government requirements
  • Confirming the building is suitable for occupancy

Building Construction & Completion Stage

During the construction process our services include:

  • Site inspections at mandatory stages such as:
    • Foundations and excavation stage
    • Slab stage (prior to pouring concrete)
    • Building frame stage (prior to masonry, cladding or lining)
    • Final stage (after the building work has been completed)
  • We provide ongoing advice in compliance with Building Approval documents
  • We complete the final certification for your project in conformity with the supporting certification and documentation
  • We issue the final Certification documentation to the building owner and local government

What types of building works require a permit?

Our accredited building certifiers on the Sunshine Coast provide building approvals for the following types of works:

  • Construction of new dwellings/homes
  • Renovations and extensions to existing homes
  • Balconies, patios, verandas and decks
  • Garages, carports and sheds
  • Swimming pools and fences (we also provide pool safety certificates)
  • Retaining walls
  • As constructed Approvals
  • Shop fit-outs
  • Termite repair certification
  • And many more types of structures, both residential and commercial.

In some instances a building approval isn't required, such as for minor home renovations and the construction of small sheds, called ‘accepted developments’, however in these cases it may still be required to get local government approval.

A qualified building certifier will be able to advise you on whether or not a building approval is actually needed. It can be a costly mistake to conduct any building work without the appropriate approvals so it's best to check this with a professional before doing any construction work.

Ask our experienced building certifiers as soon as possible on 1300 899 078.

Why do you need a Building Approval?

Building Approvals ensure the safety of a building project structure and are assessed against the Building Code of Australia and the Building and Plumbing Regulations (Queensland). A licenced building certifier is responsible for checking whether the proposed work is compliant with the Building Act 1975. This includes the following areas:

  • Will the building be safe, and designed and constructed soundly?
  • Does the building have the correct level of fire safety?
  • Will the building be appropriately protected from pests?
  • Will the building be adequately drained and sewered?
  • Will the building meet minimum energy and water efficiency standards?

Contact us for Building Approvals

Don't delay in organising your building approvals and risking non-compliance. Let us help make sure your building project is compliant with industry standards and regulations. Our accredited private building certifiers on the Sunshine Coast provide an efficient and professional certification service, helping make sure your project runs on time and without unnecessary delays when it comes to permits and approvals. We also provide building certification services in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Call us on 1300 899 078 or fill out our enquiry form to discuss your building approval needs.

How much does a building certification cost?

Obtaining a building approval is a small but necessary investment to protect your assets.

When you receive a building approval you:

  • Maximise the sale value of your property.
  • Comply with local council as well as state and federal law.
  • Reduce your risk.

When do I need building certification?

Any structure that is built on your block of land will most likely require a building certification to comply with local city council, state and federal building laws.

This approval should be obtained BEFORE any construction work takes place.

How can I prepare for a pool safety inspection in NSW?

Please see our NSW checklist - This checklist can help you be familiarise yourself with what the pool safety inspector will be looking for and you can see if your property meets the standards.

If you have any other particular questions about pool safety, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1300 899 078 or email us any questions at mail@icertified.com.au.

How can I prepare for a pool safety inspection in QLD?

Please see our QLD checklist - This checklist can help you be familiarise yourself with what the pool safety inspector will be looking for and you can see if your property meets the standards.

If you have any other particular questions about pool safety, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1300 899 078 or email us any questions online.

How long does a pool safety certificate last in QLD?

Pool safety certificates are valid for one year for a shared pool and two years for a non-shared pool.

If you’re unsure about your current pool safety certificate, contact us to discuss your options.

Services

We provide a wide range of services

Please check out our diverse range of services provided by our professional, full time experienced inspectors. Services provided are not subcontracted out but provided by qualified professionals employed by iCERTIFIED.

Our service area for most of these services are Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast area. Please call our informative staff if you have any questions about what inspection services are available in your area at 1300 899 078.

Pool Compliance Inspection Checklist

The team at iCertified is dedicated to helping you pass your pool safety inspection the first time which is why we've put together this handy pool compliance checklist QLD.

Follow our pre-inspection pool checklist for Queensland and prepare your pool area before booking your pool safety inspection and get approved for your certificate on the first go.

Book your pool safety inspection with iCertified: 1300 899 078 or book online.

 


 

QLD Pool Safety Certificate Checklist

Pool fence with combination of vertical bars and glass barriers

Be sure to familiarise yourself with the QLD pool safey laws.

Below are the most common issues that can cause a pool area to fail a pool safety inspection.

Pool Barrier / Pool Fence Inspection Checklist

  1. Is your pool fence a constant height 1.2 metres or higher around the pool?
  2. Is the gap on either side of the vertical bars when squeezing them less than 100mm?
  3. Are all pool fence panels present and firmly secure to the post?
  4. Are the pool fence posts firmly secure to the ground?
  5. Is the timber boundary pool fence structurally sound?
  6. Are all the timber boundary pool fence palings present and secure to the fence?
  7. Are there any gaps under your pool fence that are more 100mm?
  8. Is any part of your pool fence damaged?
  9. Are all parts of the living and dwelling areas protected by a child resistant barrier measuring at least 1200mm from all sides?

More on the pool fence and barrier requirements in QLD here.

Around and In the Pool Fence Area

  1. Are there any climbable objects* such as 1200mm of outside the pool fence?
  2. Are there any climbable objects* within 300mm clear zone inside the pool fence area?
  3. Is there any objects* within 900mm where the pool fence intersects another fence?
  4. Is the CPR sign current and in clear view from inside the pool area?
  5. Are the windows which open directly into the pool area open only a maximum of 100mm or have a security type screen over it?
  6. Are there any potential hand holds or foot holds within 900mm from the top or bottom of the pool fence?
  7. If you have a patio, deck, pergola or balcony that forms a pool fence, you must have one side permanently open so you can clearly see and supervise young children in the pool.

Pool Gates, Latches & Hinges

  1. Are the pool gate hinges a minimum distance of 900mm apart and not within the 900mm climbable zone from where the fences intersect?
  2. Does the pool gates open out and way from the pool area?
  3. Is the pool gate locking mechanism at least 1500mm from the ground?
  4. Does your pool gates self close and self lock from any open position?

Compliant Self-Closing Gate:

Non-Compliant Gate:

*Common climbable objects are stored items, potted plants, tree branches, tree stumps, shrubs, deck chairs, BBQs, water taps and pool equipment.

Further information about pool gates, latches & hinges here.

Other

  1. Current Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sign prominently displayed in the pool area
  2. Pool is on the pool safety register
  3. Existing pool safety certificate (where applicable)
  4. Pool safety certificate is valid
  5. Building approval for the swimming pool/portable pool/spa

Print Your QLD Pool Safety Checklist

This checklist is just an example and should be used as a guide only. 

 


 

Penalties For Non-Compliance

Pool closeed sign positioned in-front of a pool

If you have a pool on your property, your local government has the power to investigate compliance with regard to pool safety standards.

Non Compliance With Safety Standards

If you are caught failing to comply with pool safety standards, you will be issued with an on-the-spot fine of $883.05 or $2523 for companies. The maximum penalty a court can impose is $20,814.75.

Failing To Register Your Pool

If you fail to register your pool, the QBCC can issue on-the-spot fines of $252.30 for individuals or $756.90 for companies. The court can impose a maximum penalty of up to $2523.

You don’t need to register a portable wading pool if it meets all these criteria:

  • can be filled with water to a depth of no more than 300mm
  • has a volume of no more than 2,000L
  • has no filtration system.

Register your pool or check to see if your pool is already registered.

 


 

Get Your Pool Inspected Today

Our pool safety inspectors work throughout South East Queensland from the Gold Coast, to Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

After you have completed the checklist and have questions or would like more information about your particular pool fence, please call us at 1300 899 078 or book your pool safety inspection today!

How and when do I pay for the inspections?

iCertified offer the following payment options:

  • Pay via phone prior to your inspection booking and supply your credit card/debit card details with one of our staff members
  • Pay the inspector at the time of the inspection by cash of EFTPOS (he will have an EFTPOS machine with him).
  • You can also contact and pay with a credit card/debit card after the inspection by calling our office or we will send you an invoice and you can pay via electronic transfer.

If you have any further questions please contact us at 1300 899 078.

Can I get a building permit after the work is done?

No - A building development approval (or building permit) is needed before construction can start on most types of domestic building & construction work.

Rick P, Helensvale

It was great to have very knowledgeable and prompt service. The whole process went very smoothly from booking the inspection to issue of Certificate. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to anyone needing a swimming pool inspection.

What is a Private Building Certifier?

A Private Certifier is a building specialist or Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) who is authorised to examine and approve building/construction work.

It is the PCA's job to verify that building work complies with authorised plans and state legal standards.

How long does a pool safety certificate last?

If your property is in New South Wales and is a single/multiple dwelling property, your pool compliance certificate is valid for 3 years.

If you are leasing out your property, your certificate will be valid for 3 years no matter how many times your tenants change.

If you’re unsure about your pool compliance certificate contact us to discuss your options.

How long does a pool safety certificate last in QLD?

Pool safety certificates are valid for one year for a shared pool and two years for a non-shared pool.

If you’re unsure about your pool compliance certificate contact us to discuss your options.

Can you sell a property without a pool safety certificate in QLD?

No. A pool safety certificate issued by a licensed pool safety inspector, is required when:

  • leasing a property 
  • purchasing a property 
  • selling a property

Building and Pest Inspections

Are you about to purchase a property? Before you sign the dotted line, it's imperative that you get a professional pre-purchase building and pest inspection by an experienced and licensed building inspector.

iCertified will provide you with a comprehensive pre-purchase inspection and written report so you can make an informed decision on your property purchase.

Buying a house is probably the largest investment you will make in your lifetime, so it makes sense to ensure the house is in good condition without any hidden surprises (that could cost you a fortune) before you part with your money. A building and pest inspection will do just that, providing you with some peace of mind that you're making the right decision.

Our qualified building inspectors will thoroughly check the property for any significant damage, including both minor and major defects, structural issues, mould and termite damage and provide you with an easy to read report of our findings within 24 hours of your inspection.

This report will inform you of any future issues you might potentially be facing with the property and whether action needs to be taken.

Contact us today to arrange a building and pest inspection on 1300 899 078, or book online.

Building Inspections

If you're looking to buy or sell a property, it's important to get a building inspection to understand the true condition of the property. A building inspection report will provide you with detailed information about the building and any areas of concern. While our inspectors can't tell you to go ahead or walk away, our unbiased findings will fully inform you of the property's issues and the likelihood of these issues becoming problematic (and costly) in the future. Similarly, a building inspection may assist with negotiating a more competitive price if you can take into account any costly repairs you may need to carry out. 

Learn more about why it's important to get a building and pest inspection.

Similarly, a pre-sale inspection can help you sell your property quickly by identifying issues that would keep a prospective buyer from being interested, giving you the opportunity to correct any issues before putting the property up on the market. 

building inspector with client

What is included in a building inspection? 

A building inspection attempts to identify any obvious or significant building defects that are apparent at the time of the inspection. The report is limited to those areas and sections of the property that are fully accessible and visible to the inspector.

There are many factors that influence whether a defect is considered to be significant, including the age of the property and the type of building being inspected.

It's common to find evidence of structural damage or lack of structural integrity, which can arise from various issues including water leaks, termite damage, or poor or incomplete construction or renovation work. This is in addition to mould issues, roofing problems, lack of proper drainage and ventilation issues.

Minor defects are quite common to most properties and not necessarily included in your report, however if the property being inspected was poorly maintained, then there may be a larger number of minor defects than a reasonably maintained property would have. In this case, if you as the purchaser would need to allocate considerable resources to fix up the property, then your report will include a general assessment of the presence of minor defects as well.

Learn the difference between minor and major defects here.

Our licenced inspectors will check the following areas during your inspection:

  • Roof exterior
  • Roof space
  • Non-structural retaining walls
  • Steps, pathways, driveways
  • Fencing
  • Internal and external walls 
  • Separate dwellings such as the garage, carport or small shed

What is not included in a building inspection?

Our inspectors will check everything that is visible and fully accessible on the day of the inspection. We are not able to inspect any areas that are concealed or obstructed, including between floors, under floor coverings or inside wall cavities. To properly check any inaccessible areas of the property, a special purpose report would be required.

A swimming pool inspection is not included, which means in order to obtain a Pool Safety Certificate (in QLD), you will need to arrange for a separate inspection.

Similarly, while it may be apparent due to the age of the property that asbestos is an issue, your building inspection will not allow for an asbestos audit. This needs to be obtained separately and will involve sending samples of materials found for testing, and appropriate plans for the management of asbestos.

We also are not able to comment on things like plumbing work, electrical installation and electrical wiring, gas fittings, common properties areas (such as shared areas within a complex or apartment building), defects that may be subject to prevailing weather conditions, swimming pools and spas, environmental concerns or security or neighbourhood concerns. Some of these points will require a specialist inspection service such as a special purpose property report.

Can we be there for the inspection?

We highly recommend you attend the inspection alongside the inspector so you can see any issues found and have them explained  to you on the day.

Pest Inspections

Termites

White ants, termites and other infestations can do considerable and costly damage to your home, often requiring extensive repairs, treatments, and sometimes even condemning the property.

Our comprehensive timber pest inspections will detect and inform you of any damage done to your building by pests, such as termites. We will check the roof void, sub floor, exterior and interior of the property, as well as any landscape timbers, grounds, fences and garage that is within 30m of the building and within the property boundaries, for evidence of destructive pests or signs of potential termite attack, and advise on the appropriate treatments to protect the property from infestation.

Unless an invasive physical inspection is needed/required, we cannot inspect inaccessible areas, such as within cavity walls, concealed frame timbers, eaves, flat roofs, full enclosed patio subfloors, soil concealed by concrete floors, wall linings, landscaping, rubbish, floor coverings, furniture, pictures, appliances, stored items, insulation and so forth.

What does the pest inspection report include?

Following your pest and termite inspection, you will receive a comprehensive report outlining the findings. Your report will detail whether or not:

  • Active subterranean termites were found
  • Visual evidence of subterranean termite workings or damage was found
  • Visible evidence of borers of seasoned timbers was found
  • Evidence of damage caused by wood decay (rot) fungi was found
  • Evidence of conditions conducive to timber pest infestation (e.g. water leaks, poor drainage, lack of ventilation in sub-floor regions, or large trees in close proximity to the property are a few examples).
  • Further inspections are needed (such as, areas where reasonable access is unavailable, obstructed or restricted, or if a high risk of possible timber pests and or damage exists)
  • Any major safety hazards were identified
  • The susceptibility of the property to timber pests is considered to be high.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a building and pest inspection take?

A building and pest inspection takes approximately 1 hour to complete depending on the size of the property.

Can I be present during the inspection?

Yes, this is recommended so that any issues or problems with the property can be discussed with you then and there.

How much does a building and pest inspection cost?

Our building and pest inspection prices vary depending on the property size and location, though for an approximate cost you’re looking at around $500.00 incl. GST. For a more accurate quote please get in touch.

Who organises/pays for the building and pest inspection? The buyer or seller?

Generally the buyer will arrange the building and pest, however, we also carry out pre sale inspections for home owners wanting to ensure there are no surprises or major issues with their properties.

When do you usually get a building and pest inspection? Before or after making an offer on a property?

Typically the inspection occurs after the contract of sale is signed, however, if a property is going to Auction, the inspection is done before.

When will I receive my report?

We endeavour to provide you with a detailed report within 24 hours.

What equipment does the inspector use?

In order to conduct a thorough inspection of the property, our inspectors will use tools such as laser levels, moisture meters, microwave radars and infrared cameras. This equipment can help the inspector detect any termite activity, leaks, uneven floors and other potential defects.

I have questions about my report, who do I speak to?

It’s best to speak with one of our experienced inspectors regarding the findings in your report, though our admin staff are also on hand to answer your queries. Please call us on 1300 899 078.

What areas do you service?

We provide building and pest inspections throughout Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast. To arrange an inspection, book online with iCertified today! 

Book an inspection today

iCertified has licensed building and pest inspectors that operate throughout South East Queensland including in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast. Our qualified inspectors have many years of experience in the building industry and are known for their prompt and efficient service when carrying out your comprehensive inspection, with detailed reports provided within 24 hours.

We know that choosing to buy a property is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make, and we pride ourselves on our ability to help prospective buyers make informed buying decisions with confidence knowing the property has been thoroughly inspected by a professional.

Contact us today to arrange a building and pest inspection on 1300 899 078, or book online.

How do I book an inspection?

You can call and speak with one of the friendly iCertified team at 1300 899 078 or book online now. Fill in the form and one of our helpful staff will assist you with your booking.

Margaret M, Scarborough

As I am a Body Corporate Complex manger, and deal with tradespeople on a daily basis, it was great that you came when you said you would. The inspection was efficient and detailed, and I was very confident that the service I was getting was the best.

Can you sell a house without a pool safety certificate in NSW?

It is now law that a property being sold with a pool or spa must:

  • Be registered (you can register your pool online here.)
  • Have a valid certificate of Compliance or a Certificate of Non Compliance in the Contract of Sale.

In order to put your property on the market, you MUST have the pool or spa inspected by a licenced pool inspector.

Without a valid pool safety certificate (pool compliance certificate), the Contract for Sale cannot be issued to the real esate agent and the property cannot be sold.

Can you sell a property without a pool safety certificate in QLD?

You can, however you must provide the buyer with Form 36 - notice of no pool safety certificate before entering into a contract of sale, and send a copy of the completed form to the QBCC before settlement. 

Despite this, your pool must be compliant with the current pool safety laws and providing this form doesn't stop your local council from taking action against you in the event of noncompliance. 

 

Is iCertified licenced and insured in QLD?

Yes - each of our fully licensed inspectors have professional indemnity insurance and we have $10,000,000 in public liability insurance.

Rest assured, you're in safe hands with iCertified - we're the trusted Brisbane Pool Certifiers.

Are there any situations where a building certifier can't help?

There are some development functions where a building certifier cannot assist and approvals must go through Brisbane City Council.

Examples include:

The following activities require a decision or engagement with Brisbane City Council:

What is involved in a pool safety inspection?

One of our knowledgeable inspectors will come out and measure and check all the Standards which are provided by the council depending on what State your property is in. Our inspector will be checking the pool fence and parts of the dwelling if they are in the vicinity of the pool area.

View our helpful checklists below for your state:

Our inspector at this time welcomes any questions you might have if you are present for the inspection.

An average pool inspection can range from 30 minutes to 1 hour long. No matter how big or small the property is our inspector takes as much time as necessary to ensure your pool is safe. Pool safety is our first priority.

Carrie R, West End

Thank you for spending the extra time with us to show us how to make the pool fence comply – you really saved us a lot of money. We ended up getting good tenants for the house and have peace of mind that everything is safe.

Is iCertified licenced and insured?

Yes - each of our fully licensed inspectors have professional indemnity insurance and we have $10,000,000 in public liability insurance.

Rest assured, you're in safe hands with iCertified.

Page last updated: 11-10-2018

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