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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
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

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This form is to be used by people applying to be registered as building practitioners with the Building Services Board. Set 4 is the registration pathway for applicants who have five years full-time...
Building Commission
Form – application
01 Jul 2015
This form is to be used by people applying to be registered as building practitioners with the Building Services Board. Set 3 is the registration pathway for applicants who are members of the...
Building Commission
Form – application
01 Jul 2015
This form is to be used by people applying to be registered as building practitioners with the Building Services Board. Set 2 is the registration pathway for applicants with five years full-time...
Building Commission
Form – application
01 Jul 2015
This form is to be used by people applying to be registered as building practitioners with the Building Services Board. Set 1 is the registration pathway for applicants who have a Diploma in Building...
Building Commission
Form – application
01 Jul 2015
Industry bulletin 044 provides information on complying with energy efficiency standards using the nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) accredited software.
Building Commission
Bulletin
05 Feb 2015
Building Commission
Schedule
13 Jan 2015
Building Commission
Form – application
01 Jul 2015
Download and return this form to notify the Building Commission of the change, addition or removal of a nominated supervisor.
Building Commission
Form – notification
18 Sep 2014
Urea formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI) is a mixture of urea formaldehyde resin, foaming agent and propellant, which was used to insulate hard to access areas in buildings. How common is UFFI? UFFI...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
05 Jan 2015

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Wanneroo flooring installer Stewart John Granger , trading as Floors by Stewart , has been fined $2,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court and ordered to pay costs of $871.70 to the Building Commissioner for contractual offences. On 2 October 2015, Mr Granger pleaded guilty and was convicted of two charges under the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 . The first charge against Mr Granger was for...
Building Commission
Media release
19 Oct 2015
An inspection by WorkSafe of the Kings Square construction site has concluded the site is safe for workers and members of the public. WorkSafe inspectors attended the site on October 8, 2015 following a report that a small amount of asbestos was found in a trench near the Horseshoe Bridge. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said he was confident the site was safe for work to continue. “...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Oct 2015
Rockingham builder Gary Alan Cramphorn (reg. BC10775 & BP10775) has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for failing to produce records to confirm his financial status.
Building Commission
Media release
16 Sep 2015
Karawara unregistered painter Tom Tomic has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for carrying out unauthorised painting work at a Wilson property in 2012.
Building Commission
Media release
14 Sep 2015
A Kinross man who was the subject of a joint public warning by the Building Commission, Energy Safety and Consumer Protection in August has registered a new business name, prompting a renewed call for consumers to be vigilant when engaging anyone to carry out plumbing or gasfitting services. Last month’s warning stated that Hajir Mobin , trading as Danny’s Plumbing and Gas Services , may be...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Sep 2015
Consumer Protection is warning home owners not to deal with two travelling conmen operating under various company names, after they ignored door to door trading laws while offering driveway and roof repairs to consumers. The warning follows complaints received from WA householders and relates to Felix Moorehouse and John Pio Murphy who are believed to be involved in the following businesses: Top...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Aug 2015
WorkSafe and Consumer Protection have issued a joint warning about a conman who is masquerading as a licensed asbestos removal expert, leaving consumers dangerously exposed to asbestos as well as out of pocket. David Leslie Patrick Back , also known as Davic and trading as Southside Asbestos Removals or Southside Asbestos and Demolition (both unregistered) , has accepted payment for work either...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Aug 2015
The Building Commissioner is warning the public to exercise caution in any dealings with Frayson Pty Ltd (Frayson) or its sole director Dianella man Armand Noor , after receiving information the company may be continuing to operate after its registration was suspended earlier this year.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Aug 2015
The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) has told a recent Senate inquiry into non-conforming building products that a wide range of imported goods and materials used in the building industry has been found to contain asbestos. Last year, cement compound board imported into the Australian Capital Territory from China was found to contain chrysotile asbestos and in New South Wales an...
Building Commission
Department News
18 Aug 2015
Consumer Protection and the Building Commission are urging Western Australian consumers who are engaging the services of a builder to check the veracity of their home indemnity insurance certificate. The warning follows two recent cases where fake or forged insurance certificates have been, or may have been, used by builders. In April, Fremantle builder Adrian Burt , as a result of disciplinary...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Aug 2015

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