When any building work is planned in an existing building that requires a building permit, it triggers two important concepts prescribed in the Premises Standards (under the DDA) and the Victorian Building Interim Regulations 2017.

The first concept is the ‘new part’. This is defined as the area of new works, for example, a new kitchen fit-out in a cafe for example.

The second concept is the ‘affected part’. This is defined as the continuous accessible path of travel from the area of new works back to the existing principal pedestrian entrance. In the above example, this would include the path of travel from the existing building entrance to the new kitchen fit-out in a cafe. If there is an existing step in the entry door, well, this forms part of the ‘affected part’ and must be upgraded to comply.

If you are planning works in an existing building please contact MAA as soon as possible. We can review the existing conditions and provide sound advice as to the best steps to achieve compliance as part of the building works. In some cases, might necessitate the use of a Performance Solution to achieve compliance within the existing conditions.