Dilapidation Reports – Property Condition Reports

What is a Dilapidation Report?

A Dilapidation Report, also called Dilapidation Survey or Property Condition Report is  report which records the condition of a property at a given point in time. It documents any existing damage, and the state of any particular aspects of the property, neighbouring property or neighbouring infrastructure that are likely to be affected by a construction work, excavation, demolition or tenancy.

Dilapidation Reports are usually requested by Councils prior to starting construction on commercial and domestic / residential sites. A bond may be taken by Council that is then returned at completion of construction if the outside of a building site such as pathways, kerbing, drainage, road and any other conditions of surrounding Council property are not damaged during works.

PLEASE NOTE: Some councils require this report or survey to be completed by a structural engineer. We aren’t structural engineers but we are licensed builders. If your council requires the Dilapidation Survey to be completed by a structural engineer, the report will usually cost in excess of three times that of a report completed by licensed builders such as ourselves. We recommend that you call your council for clarification because sometimes they will override their rule if it’s warranted.

The proposed works can include a new unit building, house, factory, office block etc. The plan may include underground garages, and alterations to a retaining wall, demolition, underground tunnelling or road works.

The written report, will normally include photography of a building or property that is undertaken prior to construction works commencing on an adjoining property.

Dilapidation Reports are a part of project risk management and should be undertaken as part of your construction or demolition process.

Our Dilapidation Inspections comprehensively detail and clarify the existing state and condition to a structure, road, retaining walls, footpaths etc prior to any excavation, dewatering and/or construction induced vibration prior to the commencement of any work being carried out on the neighbouring property or road. Our dilapidation reports specify (with supporting photographic evidence) the exact location and extent of any damaged, cracking or structural faults to public or private infrastructure.

We also perform dilapidation inspections before and after any construction or demolition occurs so you have a documented-record of any damage that has been caused, which provides peace-of-mind for the contractors and owners. A dilapidation report is also useful for the developer or builder in defence if any unwarranted claims claims are made by the owner of a neighbouring property against you for damage they believe your building works have caused. The advantage of using BRC Property Inspections is that our reports are comprehensive and independent.

BRC Property Inspections has extensive experience in providing dilapidation reports as the Director of the company worked for Leighton Contractors Pty Limited for 15 years. We provide reports for civil construction companies, builders, architects and home owner as well as inspect a large number of properties along government and private road widening projects and large developments.

Most councils, as part of a development application, will require a dilapidation report be carried out on neighbouring structures which must be completed and submitted to Council with the Notice of Commencement prior to the commencement of any development work.

BRC Property Inspections offers:

  • Commercial Dilapidation Reports
  • Industrial Dilapidation Reports
  • Residential Dilapidation Reports

We do not offer reports that require a structural engineer.


Property Condition Reports

A Property Condition Report is similar to a Dilapidation Report in that it reports on the current state of a property. These are useful at the start and end of any tenancy of a home, factory or building to protect both the owner and the lessee from complaints and claims of damage.

The inspection and report are completed by a licensed builder with over 35 years of experience.

Who needs a property condition report?

  • Production Companies
  • Location Managers
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Real Estate Agents
  • Property Managers
  • Private Landlords
  • Body Corporates & Strata Plan Managers
  • Property investment and development group


For Production Companies, Location Managers and Ad Agencies, Property Condition Reports can help get a location over the line by creating accountability and protection for both you and the property owner. Whether you’re filming in a luxury home, on a private tennis court or swimming pool, or in a public location, a Condition Report is a valuable piece of insurance and a great way to minimise risk for all parties. Confidentiality is assured and we will happily sign NDAs as required.

For property owners, tenants, real estate agents and property managers, a Property Condition Report can be conducted on homes, buildings or factories at the start or end of a leasing period as a more thorough and detailed bond inspection.

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