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The minimum fees prescribed in Schedule 2 of the Building Regulations 2012 will increase by 7 per cent on 1 July 2019 for the 2019/20 year. A list of the current minimum fees and the new minimum fees is in the table below. This increase in fees is the result of a review undertaken by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety at the request of the Parliament’s Joint Standing...
Building Commission
Department News
08 May 2019
Consumer Protection is warning the WA community not to deal with the seller of food vans and trailers who has accepted more than $70,000 from small business operators but has failed to supply them or provide refunds. Cody Raymond Williams , sole Director of CLC Group Pty Ltd trading as CLC Fabrications (unregistered) , has taken deposits and, in some cases, the full amount from six people who...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection
Media release
06 May 2019
West Australians could be putting their health at risk this winter when they switch on gas heaters for the first time. Faulty, poorly maintained or misused gas heaters can leak potentially lethal carbon monoxide gas – an issue highlighted by Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week (April 29 to May 5). Western Australia’s Director of Energy Safety, Ken Bowron, is reminding householders to have their gas...
Building Commission
Media release
29 Apr 2019
The Drainage Plumbing Diagram (DPD) system will be upgraded tomorrow, Wednesday 10 April 2019 at 5.00pm . The search function will be unavailable for approximately one hour at that time. If you have any enquiries regarding the upgradel, please email be.publications@dmirs.wa.gov.au .
Building Commission
Department News
09 Apr 2019
The adoption of eNotice by the plumbing industry has been very positive with feedback showing a high level of satisfaction with the system. As a result, Building and Energy will be ending the sales of paper notices later this year. From 1 October 2019 paper Notices of intention and Certificates of compliance will no longer be available for purchase, however, contractors may continue to lodge...
Building Commission
Department News
08 Apr 2019
The Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme is an Australian government initiative in partnership with state and territory governments. During the past year the WELS team has been engaged in ‘Project New Build’, working to increase the building industry’s compliance through education, engagement and inspections. For information on this project and other important WELS updates...
Building Commission
Department News
05 Apr 2019
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WITH COMMISSIONER FOR CONSUMER PROTECTION, DAVID HILLYARD Following a recent ceiling collapse at a Thornlie property, home owners are reminded to act promptly on warning signs of ceiling stress. A ceiling collapse can cause serious injury to anyone present at the time of collapse and it can also cause extensive damage to a room’s contents and structure...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection
Department News
03 Apr 2019
The Drainage Plumbing Diagram (DPD) system used for purchasing DPDs will be upgraded next week. The enhanced system will work the same way but will provide a shopping cart feature to allow for multiple purchases and overall improved delivery. The upgrade will take one hour and the DPD search function will be down during this time. It is proposed to occur next week and will be outside of office...
Building Commission
Department News
01 Apr 2019
WA home owners are being warned by Consumer Protection and Building and Energy not to deal with roof repair conmen who have approached three consumers, with one handing over $7,000 for work that wasn’t carried out. One of the consumers was approached at his home by three men in a white ute wearing fluoro shirts who told him that his roof and gutters needed urgent repairs. The dodgy door knockers...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Mar 2019
A Herne Hill man has been fined $4,000 and ordered to pay $943.50 in costs by the Perth Magistrates Court on 22 February 2019 after altering a certificate of title which was part of an application for owner-builder approval. Carl Rocco Garreffa had removed his wife’s name from the certificate of title of a property in Herne Hill which was jointly owned by the couple and failed to obtain her...
Building Commission
Media release
27 Feb 2019
A Perth gutter repair and roofing business and its sole director have been ordered to pay a total of $14,400 in fines, compensation and costs at Perth Magistrates Court for taking money for services from a consumer but failing to deliver. Alloy Roofing Pty Ltd was fined $8,000 and ordered to pay costs of $3,500 for breaching the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) when it accepted payment but failed to...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Feb 2019
All three volumes of the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 previews have been released by The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and are available to download from NCC online. Further information on the release can be found on the ABCB website. NCC 2019 will be adopted from 1 May 2019 . You are reminded that the Building Regulations 2012 in Western Australia has a 12 months transitional...
Building Commission
Department News
06 Feb 2019
Building industry participants in regional WA are invited to free information seminars on important changes coming up in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) 2019 edition. Spanning nine locations from Esperance to Broome during March, the events are presented by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s Building and Energy team (formerly the Building Commission). The seminars aim...
Building Commission
Media release
05 Feb 2019
Building and Energy encourages building surveyors to attend a free seminar providing an update on the AS1668. Building surveyors will receive information on what to look for when assessing plans and specifications for compliance with the BCA and referenced AS 1668 Parts 1 and 2 (Smoke Control, Fire Dampers and Mechanical Ventilation in general). This session will also outline aspects of...
Building Commission
Department News
29 Jan 2019
Building and Energy is alerting owners and occupiers of properties with swimming or spa pools about the significant risks of propping open a pool gate. Statistics show that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under five years of age, with many such tragedies occurring in domestic pools. Building laws in Western Australia require swimming and spa pools with water more...
Building Commission
Media release
17 Jan 2019
Two clients of a WA builder have transferred a total of $72,000 to scammers believing they were paying instalments towards the construction of their homes. The two payments of $38,000 and $34,000 were made when the consumers received emails purporting to be from their builder requesting the payments be made to a different bank account. The emails were fake and the consumers are now attempting to...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jan 2019
The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) has imposed a $20,000 fine and ordered further training after a father-and-son building partnership breached WA’s building laws in relation to defects at three new homes. The disciplinary allegations against the partnership between Jason Zachariah Burns and his father, Richard Burns (BP4649), trading as Jason Burns Homes (BC13540, expired), were referred to...
Building Commission
Media release
16 Jan 2019
Western Australians are being warned about the risks of attaching or hanging items around their homes, in the wake of a young man’s tragic death in Subiaco this month after a brick pier collapsed on an attached hammock. It is WA’s second fatality in the past decade involving a hammock attached to a brick pier, prompting Building & Energy and Consumer Protection to urge caution about how and...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Dec 2018
WorkSafe has issued a safety alert reminding painting professionals and other contractors that high pressure water cleaning of asbestos cement material is prohibited. WorkSafe is investigating an incident where a registered painter used a high pressure water cleaner on an asbestos cement roof to prepare it for painting. This resulted in the property and neighbouring properties being contaminated...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Alert
18 Dec 2018
WorkSafe has issued a safety alert on the health risks caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) for workers in the stone benchtop manufacturing, finishing and installation industries. Cumulative exposure to RCS may cause serious, debilitating and potentially fatal health effects, including silicosis. RCS is smaller than dust and is invisible to the naked eye. Tiny particles of...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Alert
18 Dec 2018
A former builder has been fined $2,500 by the Building Services Board (BSB) for not following approved plans and understating the contract value of a project in Dianella. Ian Robert Jack – formerly of Quinns Rocks and now living interstate – was a registered building practitioner and building contractor (BP101026 / BC100827, since expired) in 2016 when he signed a $243,000 contract to construct a...
Building Commission
Media release
12 Dec 2018
The following statement was issued by Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations, on Tuesday 11 December 2018: John Fiocco's review of security of payment reform for WA subcontractors released Government will carefully consider all 44 recommendations The McGowan Government today released John Fiocco's final report on Security of Payment Reform in the WA Building and...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Media release
11 Dec 2018
The Building Services Board has imposed fines totalling $12,000 in relation to a Mandurah short-stay accommodation development where substantial construction took place without a building permit. The builder, Kerry George Parsons (BP/BC4277) of Jandakot, submitted a building permit application to the City of Mandurah in March 2016 for the five-unit waterfront development valued at $400,000. The...
Building Commission
Media release
10 Dec 2018
As of 1 January 2019, c ourtesy renewal reminder notices for licences, permits and registrations will only be sent electronically. The changes will apply to the following licensing authorities: Building Services Board Plumbers Licensing Board Director of Energy Safety For information on the renewal process and details on how to update your contact details, visit our Renewal reminder notices...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Department News
05 Dec 2018
A former Myaree builder has been fined $10,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to properly manage and supervise three projects with a combined contract value of almost $2 million. Geoffrey Ian Britton (BP11802, expired) – the nominated supervisor of Avon Dream Pty Ltd (BC14034, expired), trading as Econstruct – accepted the Building Services Board’s allegations, which included...
Building Commission
Media release
04 Dec 2018

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