NSW Fair Trading Industry Update: building reforms impacting class 3 and 9c

NSW Fair Trading held an industry update on the building reforms impacting class 3 and 9c.

From Monday, 3 July 2023 if you are a design or building practitioner, or professional engineer working on class 3 or 9c buildings you must be registered with NSW Fair Trading.

Extending the regulation of class 2 buildings into additional classes is a continuation of the NSW Government’s commitment to restore public confidence in the building and construction industry. 
The changes are designed to ensure that buildings are safe and secure, that the industry is more customer-focused, and that better data is captured throughout the building life cycle.

Key changes from 3 July 
  • You will need to be registered with NSW Fair Trading as a design practitioner, building practitioner or professional engineer to continue to work on class 3 and 9c buildings.
  • Your obligations to work on these buildings is regulated under two laws, the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 and Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020.
  • As a registered practitioner you will be required to make declarations related to the design and building work of class 3 and 9c buildings on the NSW Planning Portal.
  • If you are already registered to work on class 2 buildings as a design or building practitioner, you do not need to re-apply. You can use your existing registration to make declarations for class 3 and 9c buildings.
  • These changes apply to new class 3 and 9c building projects. Alteration or renovation work for existing buildings will come into effect on 1 July 2024.
  • If you expect to complete a class 3 or 9c building before 4 January 2024 and require an occupation certificate, you need to submit an Expected Completion Notice (ECN) before 18 July.

Read more about the changes 

Registration and Requirements

Find out about eligibility and registrations requirements: 

Additional Resources

Here is a list of links that were shared by the presenters that you might find useful:

Recruitment contacts:

NSW Planning Portal resources:

NSW Planning Portal help and support:

NSW Planning Portal requirements for developments completed before 2 January 2024

If your development is due to be completed before 2 January 2024, you must submit the expected completion notice on the NSW Planning Portal before 18 July 2023.

Email obcdigitaldelivery@customerservice.nsw.gov.au and a specialist team will work with you to ensure that the development is setup correctly in the NSW Planning Portal.