Balustrades and Balconies
Balconies, decks and balustrades can be dangerous if not maintained and monitored especially when a large number of people have gathered on the structure .
It is advised that agents and purchasers ask vendors for any building permits issued for the building of the balcony or deck, to ensure that it was legally approved.
Timber and concrete balconies which are exposed to the elements, need constant maintenance and attention. This is particularly so on the peninsula due to the high content of salt-laden air.
A person who owns a home with a balcony that is in disrepair and which collapses, injuring people or themselves, could have issues with insurance claims. This could leave them exposed to self-funding any damages claims for injuries sustained to themselves or others.
If you are undertaking minor repairs to your existing handrail using the same material and sizes, a Building Permit will generally not be required. If you intend to reconstruct the handrails and the structural members of the deck or balcony, or if the design changes, you must get a Building Permit before the work commences.