Owner Builder Defect Reports

An Owner Builder is the person named on the building permit that is both the property owner and the builder. Even if you technically didn’t lift a hammer yourself, but contracted tradesman to do the work, you are legally the owner builder. If there is no building permit then the property owner is the owner builder.

Owner builder property inspection reports are required by law in the state of Victoria.

Prior to selling owner built constructions, section 137B of the Victoria Building Act 1993 requires the building work to be inspected and reported on by a licenced building practitioner. The Report forms part of the Section 32 transfer documentation at time of sale.

The legislation applies to owner builders, for:

  • Work WITH a permit completed within the last six years and six months
  • Work with NO permit issued if completed within the last 10 years

Owner builder reports are required for works including the below, regardless of the size or cost of the project:

  • Additions
  • Renovations (including, but not limited to tiling, cabinetry, wall removal)
  • Verandas
  • Pergolas
  • Retaining walls
  • Decks and pools

What is inspected in an owner builder report?

Unlike a standard council mandatory inspection, as part of a Building Permit, a specialist s137B Owner Builder Defects Report details non-structural and cosmetic building elements including the quality of the workmanship. The owner builder defects report highlights faults and defects in the building work and if second hand building materials have been used. We often find defects that were overlooked at previous mandatory inspections.

Anderson Group will assess all accessible areas of your property including:

  • Decks
  • Carports / garages
  • Extensions
  • Kitchen renovations
  • Bathroom renovations
  • Full house renovations
  • Driveways
  • Tiling
  • Fences
  • Sheds
  • Retaining walls

Some common building defects identified include:

  • Ground level under house lower than external paving or landscaping
  • Insufficient freeboard to floor slab (AS 2870)
  • Insufficient clearance under windows (BCA 3.3)
  • Incorrect, missing or unsealed vertical articulation joints. (BCA 3.3.1.8.)
  • No safety glass
  • Scoring of metal valley flashings
  • Non-compliance of stairs
  • Sticky windows and doors