Entering residential premises

Inspectors have the power to enter a residential premises:

  • when the inspector reasonably suspects a residential premises is used as a workplace
  • when entry is authorised by a search warrant
  • that is used for storing or handling dangerous goods
  • that involves the use or storage of high risk plant that affects public safety.

They can also do so to gain access to a suspected workplace when:

  • they believe there is no reasonable alternative access available
  • entry is at a reasonable time, having regard to when any work is being carried out.

Inspectors must leave residential premises if it does not meet the above criteria.