If you are building or renovating your home and will require a planning permit, you will need to abide by new lighting restrictions that came into effect on 1 May 2011.
What are the new restrictions?
Essentially, you will only be able to use 5 watts per square metre for your home’s internal lighting (this used to be 25 watts per square metre). It’s worth ensuring your lighting consultant is across the new changes, as if your home doesn’t comply, you may not be granted a Certificate of Occupancy.
Will it affect me?
The amended regulations will affect you if you are building a new home or undertaking a major renovation and will need to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy from 1 May 2011.
Are any lighting elements excluded?
Yes, the following lighting elements are excluded from the new regulations:
- Ceiling fans, exhaust or extraction fans that do not have lights
- Heaters including IXL heating globes
- Wall and floor fans wired to a 3 pin plug
- Floor, table, task or desk lamps
Are the changes Australia-wide?
The changes to the BCA affect Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory. The guidelines have been in place in the ACT and South Australia since 2010.
How will my home be assessed?
It will be assessed according to the lighting plan submitted to the building inspector or private certifier.