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Information about the Building Commission's Enforcement Branch.
Enforcement
Becoming an owner-builder To become an owner-builder, you must first obtain owner-builder approval from the Building Commission, and then a building permit from your local government. When applying you must show that you have sufficient knowledge of the duties and responsibilities involved in being...
Becoming an owner-builder
Responsibilities Before taking on a building project as an owner-builder you should be aware that owner-builders take on many of the responsibilities of a registered builder. These responsibilities include: complying with all building standards including the Building Code of Australia and safety...
Responsibilities
If you are thinking about owner-building your own home or small commercial building, you are required to apply for approval from the Building Services Board under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 before you can apply for a building permit from your local government authority for...
Responsibilities
Contracts It is the builder’s responsibility to ensure that a written contract, that accurately reflects the agreement reached, is in place between themselves and their client. Contracts will vary depending on whether the type of building work that is proposed is residential or commercial. Any...
Contracts
Codes and Standards are required to maintain minimum necessary standards of relevant safety, health, amenity and sustainability within the industry in relation to all building services (plumbing, painting and building work) regulated by the Building Commission. Building Section 37 of the Building...
Codes and standards
The National Construction Code (NCC) is an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments, developed to incorporate all on-site construction requirements into a single code. The NCC is produced and maintained by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) on behalf of the Australian Government...
Codes and standards
Building disputes Disputes – referred to as building service or home building work contract complaints Any person adversely affected by the carrying out of a regulated building service may lodge a complaint alleging that a building service has not been carried out in a proper and proficient manner...
Compliance and audit
If planning to build in an area affected by the European House Borer (EHB), it is recommended that treated pine is used for structural purposes. A number of pine treatment options are available. For pine in service, in-situ treatment can be undertaken. For other affected pine products such as...
European house borer
European House Borer (EHB) Hylotrupes bajulus (Linnaeus) , is a destructive pest of seasoned coniferous timber including pine, fir and spruce. If allowed to become established it could cause major structural damage to buildings. Timbers commonly used for structural purposes in Australia, including...
European house borer

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Publications

Building Commission
Information
04 Feb 2016
Building Commission
Information
04 Feb 2016
Late applications for registration renewal may be lodged within six months after the expiry date of a registration but you must first write a letter giving reasons for the delay. You can use this...
Building Commission
Form – application
12 Jul 2017
In Western Australia building work is required to comply with the requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA). The BCA is a performance based document that provides minimum technical...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
24 Oct 2016

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Announcements

The four month transitional period that delayed the application of the bush fire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for areas that were newly identified as bush fire prone on the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas 2016 (that came into operation on 21 May 2016) concluded yesterday. From today, 21 September 2016, applications for building approvals for certain residential...
Building Commission
Department News
21 Sep 2016
The 2016-17 financial year sees the Australian Building Codes Board embarking on a significant suite of work relating to the advancement of the Energy Efficiency Provisions in the National Construction Code (NCC). These changes will be considered as part of NCC 2019.
Building Commission
Department News
21 Sep 2016
Waterman’s Bay licensed plumbing tradesperson Gary Clayton Hummerston (TL11472) has been successfully prosecuted by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for failing to comply with a condition of his licence.
Building Commission
Media release
14 Sep 2016
An interim report into the discovery of asbestos in the new Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) has found the procurement processes used by principal contractor John Holland Pty Ltd to be comprehensive and consistent with industry practice. However, industry and government must improve processes for detecting and preventing the presence of non-conforming and hazardous products in buildings. Released...
Building Commission
Media release
13 Sep 2016
The Building Services Board has fined Willetton building company Build West Pty Ltd (reg. BC10002) $5,000 and its director and nominated supervisor Shaun Middleton (BP37114) $2,500 for negligent conduct and failing to properly manage and supervise its work.
Building Commission
Media release
31 Aug 2016
Wangara builder Jeffrey West (reg. BP101011 & BC100818), the sole trader of Kameleon Homes , no longer holds a builder registration in Western Australia.
Building Commission
Media release
31 Aug 2016
Northbridge builder Joseph Merenda (BP10668) has been fined $5,000 and refused renewal of his building practitioner registration as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
30 Aug 2016
Hillarys man Saad Soliman (reg. BP10488), as the sole director, nominated supervisor and secretary of liquidated building company Benchmark Designer Homes (BC10941), has been ordered to pay by consent a $5,000 fine and costs of $10,000 as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
18 Aug 2016
Major reforms to improve the efficiency, productivity and consistency of the Western Australian building industry will progress further today as the Liberal National Government hosted its second Building Summit.
Building Commission
Media release
09 Aug 2016
Perth company Top Class Roof Restorations Pty Ltd and its sole director and secretary Troy Anthony Coward have been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for contractual offences and fined a total of $7,000.
Building Commission
Media release
03 Aug 2016

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