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For specific advice about termite protection for a proposed new home you may contact the building surveyor at your local council, your builder or architect, or a licensed pest control professional. Advice about all types of pesticide treatments can be obtained from the Pesticide Safety Section of...
Termites and pests
Whichever system is selected for the prevention or early detection of termites, it is important that inspections are carried out regularly. You should inspect your property every six months for any obvious signs of infestation. Consumer Protection also recommends that you arrange for an inspection...
Termites and pests
Alternative termite control methods now fall into four broad categories - physical barriers, chemical barriers, resistant materials and design for early detection. Physical barriers Various forms of metal mesh barriers. Specially graded granite chips. Exposed concrete floor slab constructed as a...
Termites and pests
When you get a builder to construct your new home, you will be presented with a range of measures that can be taken against possible damage by termites (white ants). Modified standards In the past, most new homes were protected by spraying the sand pad with organochlorine chemicals. However,...
Termites and pests
Registration as an adjudicator falls under the Construction Contracts Act 2004 . (1) The qualifications and experience required by an adjudicator are: (a) a degree from a university or other tertiary institution in Australia in one of the following disciplines or an equivalent qualification from an...
Becoming an adjudicator
Western Australia has some of the driest climatic regions in Australia and is prone to bushfire attack, particularly around the south west regions. In the past few years there have been numerous fire events that have devastated bushland areas and destroyed or damaged properties. The Building...
Building in bushfire prone areas
The Building Commission protects the community by setting standards and ensuring contractors have the skills, experience and financial capacity to deliver quality building services. It is illegal for an individual, partnership or company to contract for or carry out a building service without first...
Find a registered building service provider or licensed plumber
The Building Regulations 2012 (the Regulations) requires all private swimming and spa pools that contain water that is more than 300mm deep to have a compliant safety barrier installed that restricts access by young children to the pool and its immediate surrounds. The requirements for safety...
Swimming pools and spas
A sustainable building industry will balance environmental, social and economic issues to ensure a viable and valuable industry for future generations. The building industry includes developing, planning, designing, building, altering, or maintaining the built environment. The manufacturers,...
Sustainability
What is the European House Borer? The European House Borer (EHB) is a destructive pest that targets seasoned coniferous timber including pine, fir and spruce. If allowed to become established it can cause major structural damage to buildings. The adult beetle lays its eggs into cracks, holes and...
European House Borer

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This guide will help you understand the process for obtaining approval to build and occupy a building in Western Australia.
Building Commission
Guide / handbook
27 Nov 2015
Building Commission
Form – application
17 Nov 2015
Building Commission
Form – application
17 Nov 2015
Building Commission
Form – application
17 Nov 2015
This fact sheet provides general information about the building approvals process for your new swimming pool or spa and its safety barrier. In Western Australia, private swimming pools and spas with...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
24 Oct 2016
The Building Commissioner is responsible for monitoring and reviewing the operation of the building services Acts and administering the Building Services Board (the Board) that governs the...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
13 Sep 2017
The purpose of this industry bulletin is to advise permit authorities that the Building Amendment Regulations (No. 2) 2015 were published in the Government Gazette on 30 June 2015 and came into...
Building Commission
Bulletin
11 Sep 2015
Fire safety concerns have been raised on the use of certain aluminium composite panels for external wall cladding where that product had not been tested or demonstrated to meet the requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for that use. Such products can lead to a rapid vertical spread of a fire via the façade of the building which raises serious safety concerns.
Building Commission
Bulletin
28 May 2015

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Announcements

Malaga company Barrowman Holdings Pty Ltd, trading as Perth Window & Door Replacement Company, and its sole director and secretary Stuart William Barrowman of Woodvale, have been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for contractual offences and fined a total of $15,000.
Building Commission
Media release
01 Aug 2016
A WA Building Commission update on its audit of Yuanda building products.
Building Commission
Department News
01 Aug 2016
The Building Services Board (BSB) has refreshed its builder examinations to align with current legislation and building practices.
Building Commission
Department News
25 Jul 2016
Malaga company Shed Systems Pty Ltd and its sole director David Walter Ah Chee have been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner and fined a total of $100,000 plus costs for contractual and registration-related offences.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Jul 2016
Kinross man Hajir Mobin trading as Danny’s Plumbing and Gas Services, whose conduct has been the subject of several public warnings and prosecution action by the Department of Commerce, has been prosecuted by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for carrying out unauthorised plumbing work.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Jul 2016
Western Australian Building Commissioner Peter Gow today announced that the Building Commission will carry out an independent audit of the use of Yuanda products in the WA construction industry, beginning with the Perth Children’s Hospital.
Building Commission
Media release
15 Jul 2016
Banksia Grove man Gordon Leslie Bodsworth , trading as Utopia Landscape Projects , has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for offences he committed in contracting for landscaping work at an Iluka property in September 2014.
Building Commission
Media release
12 Jul 2016
Pemberton builder John George Ryan (BP8830 & BC8830) has been fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for failing to manage and supervise work he carried out at a Manjimup property between March 2010 and July 2011.
Building Commission
Media release
05 Jul 2016
A report by Auditor General Colin Murphy has assessed how well the Building Commission regulates Western Australia’s residential building industry.
Building Commission
Department News
24 Jun 2016
The Building Commission is currently considering the creation of a technical advisory committee for the purpose of considering and providing advice on technical building matters and queries regarding the requirements of building legislation, the Building Code of Australia (BCA), and related Australian Standards. The committee will be named the Building Rules Advisory Committee (BRAC). The...
Building Commission
Department News
21 Jun 2016

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