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Building Owner

Building Owner

The Building Act 1993 a "Building Owner"  is defined as "A person who owns a building or part of a building, or who has the right to occupy a building or part of a building."

This definition includes both the freehold owner of a commercial building and the leaseholder of a commercial building. The Building Owner is responsible for ensuring that the building complies with all relevant building codes and regulations. They are also responsible for maintaining the building in a safe and habitable condition.

If a Building Owner fails to comply with their obligations, they may be liable for prosecution by the Victorian Building Authority. They may also be liable for civil damages if someone is injured or their property is damaged as a result of a breach of building regulations.

Here are some of the key responsibilities of a Building Owner in Victoria, Australia:

  • Complying with the National Construction Code and Regulations
  • Maintaining the building in a safe and habitable condition
  • Obtaining all necessary permits and approvals
  • Ensuring that the building is insured
  • Hiring qualified contractors to carry out building work
  • Keeping records of all building work
  • Dealing with any complaints or issues relating to the building

If you are a Building Owner, it is important to be aware of your responsibilities and to take steps to ensure that your building is safe and compliant.


In preparing this definition, we have drawn from various sources including Legislation, Codes, Standards and industry information, research and knowledge.  Like the english language, these definitions may subtly change from time to time. As such these definitions are provided solely on the basis that users will be responsible for making their own assessment of the definition and and are advised to verify all relevant representations, statements and information.