Building owners

If you are the owner (or agent) for a building that meets the criteria for the Safer Buildings Program, you must register on the combustible cladding checklist (Checklist). Failure to register and complete the Checklist is an offence and may result in disciplinary action from the QBCC.

IMPORTANT NOTE: By not completing your obligations under part 1, 2 & 3A of the Checklist in the required timeframes you are obliged to engage a fire engineer and complete part 3B of the Checklist by 3 May 2021.

If you were unable to complete the Checklist (including registering your building, answering the online questions, uploading all relevant documentation including Statutory Declarations for each part) by the 3 May 2021 deadline, you are still obligated to complete and submit the Checklist under the Regulation if your building meets the criteria.

Failure to do so will put you at risk of regulatory action, including fines and prosecution.

Important information for buildings indentified as a cladding fire risk

Multiple owners

When there are multiple owners of a private building, only 1 owner is required to register and complete the Checklist. You may nominate 1 owner or engage an agent to act on behalf of all owners.

Multiple lease holders

If there are multiple lots over a parcel of land, for example apartments, the body corporate is considered to be the owner of the building and is responsible to register the building. The Body Corporate must provide a Form 43 authorising a person to act as an agent, including if the Body Corporate Manager or another unit owner will be acting on behalf of all leaseholders.

Completion of all parts may not be necessary

The Checklist has 3 parts. Owners may not be required to complete all 3 parts. The answers to the questions will determine if an owner is required to engage a building industry professional and/or a fire engineer to complete further assessment.

Transfer of building ownership or agent

The current owner/agent is responsible for managing the transfer of a building's Checklist to a new owner/agent. This must be initiated using the online Checklist. The fact sheet Transfer a Checklist to a new owner or agent provides clear instructions for this process.

Steps for online Checklist

Select a dropdown from the parts below to reveal a step by step guide for the corresponding part of the online Checklist. For more information on the building owner obligations read the Guideline for assessing building with combustible cladding.

  • Steps for part 1 of the Checklist:


    1. Register their buildings on the Safer Buildings website
    2. Fill out online responses for Checklist part 1
    3. Print responses for Checklist part 1
    4. Sign and date responses for Checklist part 1 in the presence of a qualified witness
    5. Have the qualified witness sign and date responses for Checklist part 1
    6. Upload the completed Checklist part 1

    Due date: 29 March 2019

    How to register on the Checklist?

    To register on the Checklist, go to the Registration page for myQBCC, the online system for the Checklist.

    Who is a qualified witness?

    Those suitable as a qualified witness include:

    • Commissioner for Declarations
    • Justice of the Peace
    • Notary Public - A notary public is a public officer given statutory powers to witness documents
    • Lawyer/conveyancer.

    You can search for a local JP on the Queensland Government website. You may also find a JP at your local shopping centre or pharmacy.

    If you are the agent

    Ensure you complete Form 43 - Proof of Agency in its entirety and the owner has signed the form. Upload completed and signed Form 43 when requested to do so in the online system and ensure you select 'No' to the question "Are you the owner", as you are an agent acting on the owner's behalf.

  • Steps for part 2 of the Checklist:


    1. Engage a building industry professional
    2. Register building industry professional details
    3. Download and print the building industry professional statement
    4. Have the building industry professional prepare and sign the statement
    5. Upload the signed statement
    6. Fill out online responses for Checklist part 2 using the building industry professional statement
    7. Print responses for Checklist part 2
    8. Sign and date responses for Checklist part 2 in the presence of a qualified witness
    9. Have the qualified witness sign and date responses for Checklist part 2
    10. Upload the completed Checklist part 2

    Due date: 31 July 2020

    Who is Building industry professional?


    Suitably qualified BIP for all building classes Suitably qualified BIP for buildings no more than 3 storeys and less than 2000 metres square in floor area
    • A building certifier (level 1)
    • A building certifier (level 2)
    • A QBCC licensee in at least 1 of the following classes:
      • Builder - Open
      • Builder Design - Open
      • fire safety professional
    • A QBCC licensee in at least 1 of the following classes:
      • Builder - Medium Rise
      • Builder Design - Medium Rise
    • A registered architect
    • A registered engineer in either:
      • civil engineering
      • fire engineering
      • fire safety
      • structural engineering

    Finding a building industry professional?

    Owners can find a building industry professional in their area by searching for QBCC licensees who have registered with Find a Local Contractor. Owners can also request a list of licensed certifiers from QBCC by completing the List of Licensed Certifiers Request Form.

    To find a registered Architect, owners can search the Board of Architects of Queensland register.

    Owners who want to engage a registered Engineer can search the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland register.

    Who is a qualified witness?

    Those suitable as a qualified witness include:

    • Commissioner for Declarations
    • Justice of the Peace
    • Notary Public - A notary public is a public officer given statutory powers to witness documents
    • Lawyer/conveyancer.

    You can search for a local JP on the Queensland Government website. You may also find a JP at your local shopping centre or pharmacy.

  • Steps for part 3A of the Checklist:


    1. Engage a fire engineer
    2. Register their details on the Checklist

    Due date: 31 October 2019

    Owners of buildings required to complete part 3, must engage a fire engineer to prepare a building fire safety risk assessment and fire engineer statement. The building fire safety risk assessment will state if the building has combustible cladding. The fire engineer statement will advise if there is a cladding fire risk or not.

    Fire engineer

    A fire engineer is an engineer registered in:

    • Fire engineering
    • Fire safety

    Registered Fire Engineers can be found by searching the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland register. The search will need to be filtered to the area of engineering (i.e. fire engineering or fire safety).

    Fire Engineers who have conducted a specific course on 'External Fire Spread Risk in Tall Building Design' listed on the University of Queensland website.

  • Steps for part 3B of the Checklist:

    1. Download and print the fire engineer statement
    2. Have the fire engineer prepare and sign the building fire safety risk assessment and the statement
    3. Upload the signed assessment and statement
    4. Fill out the responses for Checklist part 3B
    5. Print responses for Checklist part 3B
    6. Sign and date the responses for Checklist part 3B in the presence of a qualified witness
    7. Have the qualified witness sign and date the responses for Checklist part 3B
    8. Upload the completed Checklist part 3B

    Due date: 3 May 2021

    Owners of buildings required to complete part 3, must engage a fire engineer to prepare a building fire safety risk assessment and fire engineer statement. The building fire safety risk assessment will state if the building has combustible cladding. The fire engineer statement will advise if there is a cladding fire risk or not.

    Who is a fire engineer

    A fire engineer is an engineer registered in:

    • Fire engineering
    • Fire safety

    Registered Fire Engineers can be found by searching the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland register. The search will need to be filtered to the area of engineering (i.e. fire engineering or fire safety).

    Fire Engineers who have conducted a specific course on 'External Fire Spread Risk in Tall Building Design' listed on the University of Queensland website.

Completion of the Checklist

  • Exiting at Part 1 - the responses by the owner or their agent indicate that the building does not fit the criteria of an affected building.
  • Exiting at Part 2 - the building industry professional makes a determination in Form 34 - Building Industry Professional Statement that the building does not fit the criteria of an affected building.
  • Exiting at Part 3B - the fire engineer makes a determination detailed in Form 35 - Fire Engineer Statement and the building fire safety risk assessment (BFSRA). This may require the building owner to undertake measures to ensure the building is safe for building occupants and the general public. If a cladding fire risk has been identified, the building owner is required to display an Affected Private Building Notice.

What information is provided by the fire engineer in Part 3B of the Checklist?

Both the Fire Engineer Statement and the BFSRA will inform the building owner:

  • if there is a cladding fire risk for the building, and
  • whether or not further fire engineering assessment is required to identify options that will achieve an acceptable level of fire safety for the building, and
  • whether or not fire safety risk mitigation measures are required while further fire engineering assessment is being made and/or building work (cladding rectification work) is completed.

Buildings identified as a cladding fire risk

Affected Private Building Notices

If a cladding fire risk has been identified at your building through the Safer Buildings combustible cladding checklist, you are required to display a Form 42 - Affected Private Building Notice. Please refer to the Fact Sheet - How to Display an Affected Private Building Notice for more information. The Fact Sheet can be found using the Resources tab.

The building owner must submit a Form 76 - Compliance Notice with photographic evidence to demonstrate to the QBCC that the notice is appropriately displayed. The approved way to provide this form and information to the QBCC is via email to qbcc.saferbuildings@qbcc.qld.gov.au.

Mitigating cladding-fire risk

If your building has been identified as a cladding fire risk, you should be displaying an Affected Private Building Notice. Under the Regulation you, as a building owner, are provided with appropriate mitigation measures by a professional fire engineer to address specific risks. Building owners are responsible for the safety of occupants in their building.

Details of the fire safety risk mitigation measures recommended for your building should be contained in the Building Fire Safety Risk Assessment prepared by your fire engineer.

If you have any questions regarding the recommended fire safety risk mitigation measures, you should direct them to your fire engineer.

Risk mitigation advice can be provided by a Fire Engineer during part 3B of the Checklist. Risk mitigation measures include, but are not limited to:

  • notifying local fire and emergency services of your building's status
  • immediate, or more frequent, servicing and maintenance of the fire safety system of a building
  • removal of vegetation, vehicles or other flammable items from a building
  • removal of material forming part of, or attached or applied to, an external wall or another external part of a building
  • carrying out more frequent emergency evacuation drills

Also see the fact sheet: Fire Safety Risks - Building owner obligations for more information.

Notifying occupants of cladding fire risk

Section 16ZB of the Regulation requires building owners of a building comprising 2 or more lots, to give a copy of the Building Fire Safety Risk Assessment (BFSRA) to lot owners and leasehold interest holders (tenants), if a Fire Engineer Statement has identified their building as a 'cladding fire risk'.

Building owners of a building that comprises of 2 or more lots:

If a body corporate roll is kept:
Building owners are required to give a copy of the BFSRA to lot owners and tenants specified as:

  • each owner of a lot in the building
  • each leasehold interest holder of a lot in the building,

within 60 business days of receiving the Fire Engineer Statement. Persons who enter onto the body corporate roll at a later time must be provided a copy of the BFSRA within 60 business days of their addition to the body corporate roll.

If there is no body corporate roll kept:
Building owners are required to leave a copy of the BFSRA at, or post a copy of the BFSRA to the address of each lot in the building within 60 business days of receiving the Fire Engineer Statement.

Sending a copy of the BFSRA via email is not enough.

The building owner is required to give a copy of the BFSRA to the lot owner and tenant by delivering the BFSRA personally or by leaving or sending it to the residence or business address last known to the owner.

If the owner or tenant is a company, the BFSRA should be sent to the corporation's registered office.

Compliance Certificate

If a building certifier gives the owner a compliance certificate stating the combustible cladding complies with the BCA, the building owner is required to give the QBCC a copy of the compliance certificate within the period - (a) starting on the day the building certifier gives the owner the compliance certificate; and (b) ending 5 business days after the day mentioned in paragraph (a). The approved way to provide this certificate to the QBCC is via email to qbcc.saferbuildings@qbcc.qld.gov.au.