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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Sep 2003  
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Alterations and additions

Building activity carried out on existing buildings. Includes adding to or diminishing floor area, altering the structural design of a building and affixing rigid components which are integral to the functioning of the building.

Alterations and additions to residential buildings

Alterations and additions carried out on existing residential buildings, which may result in the creation of new dwelling units. See also Explanatory Notes paragraph 14.

Building

A building is a rigid, fixed and permanent structure which has a roof. Its intended purpose is primarily to house people, plant, machinery, vehicles, goods or livestock. An integral feature of a building’s design is the provision for regular access by persons in order to satisfy its intended use.

Conversion

Building activity which converts a non-residential building to a residential building, e.g. conversion of a warehouse to residential apartments. Conversion is considered to be a special type of alteration, and these jobs have been separately identified as such from the July 1996 reference month, though they have only appeared separately in this publication from the January 1998 issue. Prior to that issue, conversions were published as part of the ‘Conversions, etc.’ category or included elsewhere within a table. See also Explanatory Notes paragraph 14.

Dwelling unit

A dwelling unit is a self-contained suite of rooms, including cooking and bathing facilities and intended for long-term residential use. Regardless of whether they are self-contained or not, units within buildings offering institutional care (e.g. hospitals) or temporary accommodation (e.g. motels, hostels and holiday apartments) are not defined as dwelling units. Such units are included in the appropriate category of non-residential building approvals. Dwelling units can be created in one of four ways: through new work to create a residential building; through alteration/addition work to an existing residential building; through either new or alteration/addition work on non-residential building or through conversion of a non-residential building to a residential building.

Educational

Includes schools, colleges, kindergartens, libraries, museums and universities.

Entertainment and recreational

Includes clubs, cinemas, sport and recreation centres.

Factories

Includes paper mills, oil refinery buildings, brickworks and powerhouses.

Flats, units or apartments

Dwellings not having their own private grounds and usually sharing a common entrance, foyer or stairwell.

Health

Includes hospitals, nursing homes, surgeries, clinics and medical centres.

Hotels, motels and other short term accommodation

Includes hostels, boarding houses, guest houses, and holiday apartment buildings.

House

A house is a detached building primarily used for long term residential purposes. It consists of one dwelling unit. For instance, detached ‘granny flats’ and detached dwelling units (e.g. caretakers residences) associated with a non-residential building are defined as houses.

Miscellaneous

Includes justice and defence buildings, welfare and charitable homes, prisons and reformatories, maintenance camps, farming and livestock buildings, veterinary clinics, child-minding centres, police stations and public toilets.

New building work

Building activity which will result in the creation of a building which previously did not exist.

New other residential buildings

Building activity which will result in the creation of a residential building other than a house, which previously did not exist.

New residential

Building activity which will result in the creation of any residential building (house or other residential) which previously did not exist.

Non-residential building

A non-residential building is primarily intended for purposes other than long term residential purposes. Note that, on occasions, one or more dwelling units may be created through non-residential building activity. Prior to the January 1998 issue of this publication, they have been included in the ‘Conversions, etc.’ column in tables showing dwelling units approved. They are now identified separately (e.g. see table 5). However, the value of these dwelling units cannot be separated out from that of the non-residential building which they are part of, therefore the value associated with these remain in the appropriate Non-residential category.

Offices

Includes banks, post offices and council chambers.

Other business premises

Includes warehouses, service stations, transport depots and terminals, electricity substation buildings, telephone exchanges, broadcasting and film studios.

Other dwellings

Includes all dwellings other than houses. They can be created by: the creation of new other residential buildings (e.g. flats); alteration/addition work to an existing residential building; either new or alteration/addition work on a non-residential building; conversion of a non-residential building to a residential building creating more than one dwelling unit.

Other residential building

An other residential building is a building other than a house primarily used for long-term residential purposes. An other residential building contains more than one dwelling unit. Other residential buildings are coded to the following categories: semi-detached, row or terrace house or townhouse with one storey; semi-detached, row or terrace house or townhouse with two or more storeys; flat, unit or apartment in a building of one or two storeys; flat, unit or apartment in a building of three storeys; flat, unit or apartment in a building of four or more storeys; flat, unit or apartment attached to a house; other/number of storeys unknown. The latter two categories are included with the semi-detached, row or terrace house or townhouse with one storey category in table 13 of this publication.

Religious

Includes convents, churches, temples, mosques, monasteries and noviciates.

Residential building

A residential building is a building consisting of one or more dwelling units. Residential buildings can be either houses or other residential buildings.

Semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses

Dwellings having their own private grounds with no other dwellings above or below.

Shops

Includes retail shops, restaurants, taverns and shopping arcades.


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