Public Assets Dilapidation Inspections & Reports

For any private or commercial property owner renovating or extending a residential property, or a commercial company undertaking a civil engineering or infrastructure project, a Public Assets Dilapidation Inspection is often a condition of the permit or approval by the local Council or other government authority.

Surrounding buildings and public assets can potentially sustain cracking and subsidence caused by vibrations from excavation, compaction, drilling, heavy equipment, dust and soil erosion or other impacts.

The Public Assets Dilapidation Report records the condition of the areas in scope and documents any pre-existing defects to assets and structures.

Call the experts at Houspect on 03 9808 4000 so we can help you assess and manage your project risks and develop a practical scope for condition reports. Or send us your RFQ via email on

Why do I need a Public Assets Dilapidation Inspection Report?

Often dilapidation surveys are required as part of building permits and protection works notices. You may want to refer to the Victorian Building Act Part 7 – Protection of Adjoining Property, Sections 94 Survey of adjoining property, Section 95 Entry on adjoining property, Section 96 Adjoining owner and adjoining occupier not to obstruct.

Sometimes your building surveyor will recommend Houspect to be commissioned to provide the dilapidation surveys, or you book us as part of your own project risk-management.

What Does the Report Provide?

A Houspect Dilapidation Inspection report is a comprehensive and independent document completed in accordance with the Victorian Building Act and regulations.

Our qualified Building Inspectors will carefully survey and document the current condition of the public assets and subject properties. The report will note any existing defects, such as cracks, gaps or subsidence with photographic evidence to support the report findings.

Subsequently, if a problem does arise, the Dilapidation Report can be referenced to assist in resolving disputes between property owners and building contractors or construction companies. A post-construction inspection and report may be requested. The reports and photographs help avoid court action or civil litigation. So, for a relatively small cost, a Dilapidation Inspection done prior to commencement of works will help all parties.

About Houspect Building Inspectors

Houspect Building Inspectors are licensed builders with many years experience in the industry, so we can provide you with unbiased, independent property condition assessments. Many have been project managers and most have 25 years or more experience in the construction industry. Some have the diploma of building surveying and we can allocate an architect if appropriate to the job. We are thorough, balanced and experienced.

Houspect provides independent dilapidation inspections for all types of assets and properties across greater Melbourne and regional Victoria including Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Warragul and most of Victoria. Houspect provides national coverage with operations in NSW, WA, SA and NT.

What Does Our Public Assets Dilapidation service include?

We liaise with you to scope the areas of risk and define the survey areas. We can send an inspector to meet your engineer on site to walk/drive the areas of concern and define the scope on location. A typical Public Assets Dilapidation Inspection may include the following,

  • Footpaths, crossovers, utility pit covers
  • Kerbs and stormwater entries
  • Nature strip, trees
  • Signposts, poles, bollards, fencing
  • Road surfaces
  • Retaining walls
  • Playgrounds
  • Sports grounds and toilet blocks
  • Street furniture – seats, rubbish bins, art, bike racks, water fountains, etc.

To book Dilapidation Inspections for your project, or to discuss the scope, call Houspect on 03 9808 4000, email us at or complete our online enquiry form.

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