Planning and Development – VIC

Building regulations have traditionally used a ‘classification’ system to separate distinct building types into classes.

The current Building Code of Australia (BCA) has a 16 class system which goes back to at least the 1970’s, is essentially unchanged from this period and is therefore at least 40 years old.

Things were very different in the 1970’s, where theatres used flammable film, smoking was allowed, and venues may well feature tiered fixed row seating with drapes for example.

In recent years, both NSW and Victoria have introduced state specific regulations to better support live music venues within this system. In June 2015 The South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure are preparing an Adaptive Reuse of Buildings Policy.

With variations also being considered in other states, the case is building for adopting these reforms as a nationally consistent approach.

Read the Live Music Office Live Music Venues and the Building Code of Australia Issues Paper.