Some Home Building Work to Resume for Greater Sydney from Saturday, 31 July - Conditions Apply!

Residential builders

The NSW Premier announced on 28 July that whilst the lockdown for Greater Sydney will be extended for 4 more weeks, until 28 Augustsome types of home building work can resume from Saturday, 31 July. 

Where Can Home Building Work Resume? 

The new restrictions provide that work can resume on home building sites and home renovations in Local Government areas not listed as restricted Local Government areas. 

There are currently 8 restricted Local Government areas, namely; Fairfield, Blacktown, Cumberland, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool, Parramatta and Georges River.

What Work is Permitted? 

Home building sites and renovation sites in Greater Sydney may reopen from Saturday 31 July EXCEPT for sites within the restricted Local Government areas. 

Building sites that can reopen may also start preparatory work from 29 July to commence work starting on 31 July. 

Limits on Numbers of Workers on Sites 

Limits on the number of workers allowed on a site will apply based on whether the building site is unoccupied or occupied. 

Unoccupied Sites 

The following restrictions apply for home building and renovation work on unoccupied sites:

  • Only one trade team may be on-site at any given time, for example, bricklayers and carpenters cannot be on-site at the same time. 
  • Trades may only attend a maximum of 5 different sites per week. 

These limits are not, however, applicable to certain specialist roles that are on-site for relatively short periods of time such as site supervisors, certifiers and professional services, engineers, surveyors, delivery drivers and specialist installers working on their own. 

Occupied Sites 

The following restrictions apply for home building and renovation work on occupied sites:

  • Workers must remain separated from all residents when on-site. 
  • Only one trade team may be on-site at any given time. 
  • For internal areas a maximum of two workers are permitted at any given time and for external work a maximum of five workers may be on-site at any given time. 
  • Trades may only visit a maximum of five different sites per week. 

Again, these limits are not applicable to certain specialist roles that are on-site for relatively short periods of time, such as site supervisors, certifiers and professional services, engineers, surveyors, delivery drivers and specialist installers working on their own. 

What Other Conditions Apply? 

Building sites permitted to be open will also need to have a COVID Safety Plan in place and strictly comply with the following new health and safety requirements: 

  • Masks must be worn at all times, both indoors and outdoors, subject to exemptions. 
  • Builders must appoint a COVID marshal, such as the site supervisor, to ensure all restrictions are complied with on-site. One marshal is required per 50 staff/tradespeople. 
  • Workers must adhere to the 1 person per 4 metre rule (where ever possible). 
  • Deliveries to site must be contactless as far as is practical and workers must maintain a 3 metre separation from anyone not in their team, including delivery personnel. 
  • Builders must maintain a register of all people who have been at their sites and ensure all people, including delivery drivers, ‘check in’ using the Service NSW COVID Safe Check-in QR code. 

Is Any Home Building Permitted in the Restricted Local Government Areas? 

No. Building sites within the 8 restricted Local Government areas must remain closed at this time. Additionally, trades and workers who live within those areas are not permitted to leave their area to undertake building work. 

Urgent works in the restricted areas can, however, continue to be undertaken after 31 July. 

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Should you have any questions in relation to recent changes to the restrictions for the Building and Construction Industry, please do not hesitate to contact us. We offer a free initial case evaluation for all new enquires.