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The Building Act contains certain provisions requiring prescribed information to be provided to the Fire and Emergency Services (FES) Commissioner. Building surveyor requirements (r. 18B) For certain Class 2 to Class 9 buildings, the building surveyor responsible for signing the certificate of...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
The Building Act requires the responsible person (i.e. builder or demolition contractor) to provide certain notices for the completion or suspension of work under a building or demolition permit. Notice of cessation (s. 34) The person named as the builder or demolition contractor on a building or...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
As part of its enforcement role, a permit authority can inspect building work and investigate Building Act compliance matters and, where relevant, issue infringement notices, building orders or commence prosecution for non-compliance. There are three types of permit authority: Local government For...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
Building in designated bush fire prone areas In Western Australia, building work is required to comply with the performance requirements of the Building Code of Australia (the Building Code), which comprises Volumes One and Two of the National Construction Code Series. The Building Code contains...
Building in bush fire prone areas
Types of permits and their processes One: Building permit Two: Occupancy permit Three: Building approval certificate Four: Occupancy permit strata Five: Building approval certificate strata Six: Demolition permit One Building permit
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In general a building permit...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
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Building approvals process page 22 Note: for uncertified applications, the certificate of design compliance is obtained by the relevant permit authority after the application is submitted. Typical building approval sequence – Class 1 and...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
The Building Act adopts the Building Code of Australia (BCA), being Volumes One and Two of the National Construction Code series, as the primary applicable building standard for all new building work, new buildings and incidental structures. The applicable building standards apply whether or not a...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
A certificate of compliance is required before a building permit, occupancy permit or building approval certificate can be granted by a permit authority. There are two signatures on a certificate of compliance: the signature of the building surveying practitioner registered under the Registration...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
Coverage The Building Act 2011 (the Building Act) applies to buildings and structures attached to or incidental to a building. What is a building? There is no formal definition of a building in the Building Act; it takes its normal meaning, such as in a dictionary or in normal conversation. In the...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
Under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 , only a registered building practitioner or a registered building contractor can perform particular building work. The Building Services Board is the registration authority and is supported in its work by the Building Commission. The legislation...
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This bulletin is to provide information to builders, building surveyors, structural engineers and others involved in the design and installation of J-bolt/hook rod tie-down systems. In particular...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
26 Nov 2018
Made under section 67(2A) of the Building Act 2011 (the Act), the Ministerial Order applies to all building permit applications for a Class 1 or Class 10 building or incidental structure.
Building and Energy
Bulletin
21 Nov 2018
WorkSafe reminds painting professionals and other contractors that high pressure water cleaning of asbestos cement material is prohibited. WorkSafe is investigating an incident where a registered...
WorkSafe
Alert
09 Nov 2018
There are serious health risks caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) for workers in the stone benchtop manufacturing, finishing and installation industries. Cumulative exposure to...
WorkSafe
Alert
13 May 2019
Will your child and your neighbours’ children be safe while your pool is under construction? Some types of pools need to be filled with water by the pool builder as part of the construction process...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
21 Dec 2018
The Building Amendment Regulations (No. 2) 2018 (the Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on 5 October 2018. The Amendment Regulations create new regulation 31HA in the...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
05 Oct 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) contacted all government departments and agencies (agencies) regarding the risk presented by combustible cladding and requested that...
Building and Energy
Reports
30 Sep 2018
The Building Services (Registration) Amendment Regulations 2018 (the Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on Friday 21 September 2018. The Amendment Regulations can be...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
25 Sep 2018
Feedback from industry participants regarding Industry Bulletin 71 Paint adhesion to white set plaster has prompted further advice be issued to building practitioners to assist in obtaining a durable...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
19 Sep 2018
Progress report This report is in response to recommendation 7 of the Ombudsman Western Australia (Ombudsman) report titled Investigation into ways to prevent or reduce deaths of children by drowning...
Building and Energy
Reports
18 Sep 2018

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A building surveying company and its director have been fined a total of $7,500 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) after certifying plans that resulted in a non-complying swimming pool barrier at a home in Iluka. Western Australia Building Certifiers and Assessors Pty Ltd (WABCA), a registered building surveying contractor (BSC226) based in East Victoria Park, and its sole director, John...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 Nov 2018
Building and Energy’s Audit Branch carry out technical inspections of ongoing building work to check how building standards are being applied. To date the majority of inspections have been on class 1a buildings (houses). In addition to the current audit activities Building Energy will focus audits and inspections on the following building work: wet area waterproofing in all classifications; and...
Building and Energy
Department News
26 Nov 2018
A Mount Lawley tradesman must pay almost $10,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to nine charges brought by the Building Commissioner in relation to projects at three Perth properties. Phillip Davies-Morgan , of MDM Industries Pty Ltd , trading as Perth Ceiling Fixers , provided renovation work at homes in South Lake, Dianella and Morley in 2015 and 2016. At a hearing last month, Perth...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Nov 2018
The Building Services Board has formally cautioned an Albany building company and a supervisor after the roof of a home under construction did not comply with applicable building codes and standards. The Board found that Ryde Building Company Pty Ltd (BC10056) and the project’s nominated supervisor, Luke Harris (BP14503), both failed in their respective obligations to properly manage and...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Nov 2018
Our offices will be closed from Monday 24 December 2018 to Wednesday 2 January 2019 . Normal services will return on Thursday 3 January 2019 . For urgent enquiries please visit the contact us page . You can still renew your licence on our website at any time.
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection / Labour Relations / WorkSafe / Corporate
Department News
15 Nov 2018
A Perth bathroom renovation company and two of its officers have been fined $5,000 under WA’s building laws in relation to work at homes in Kalamunda and Gwelup. WA Bathrooms and Tiling Pty Ltd (trading as WA Bathrooms ), formerly based in Osborne Park, was convicted in Perth Magistrates Court last month of four charges brought by the Building Commissioner. The company’s director and general...
Building and Energy
Media release
05 Nov 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s inaugural Annual Report, tabled in Parliament on 19 September 2018, is now available on the website . The 2017-18 report highlights the department’s key achievements and financial performance for the last financial year and showcases what we do for the community of Western Australia. The report also includes independently audited reports...
Corporate
Department News
25 Oct 2018
A Perth plumber has been fined $1,000 by the Plumbers Licensing Board for failing to comply with a rectification notice about drainage and infrastructure issues at a Belmont development. Joshua Andrew O’Neill (PL7643), the sole director of Redback Contractors Pty Ltd , was subcontracted to provide plumbing and gas services during construction of the seven-unit complex in 2016 and 2017. Occupants...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Oct 2018
West Perth building practitioner Rodney Obeid (BP14339) has been fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for failing to properly manage and supervise work at an $11 million East Perth apartment development. Mr Obeid was the nominated supervisor for Nazero Constructions WA, which provided a notice of completion to the City of Perth for the six-storey property in June 2015. After carrying out a...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Oct 2018
A Joondanna tradesman who falsely claimed to be a registered painter has been fined $5,000 at Perth Magistrates Court for several offences under WA’s building laws. Alex Mazloomi , trading as Arios Painting and Decorating , did not appear in court on 5 October when he was found guilty of six charges brought by the Building Commissioner. The court heard that Mr Mazloomi was not a registered...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Oct 2018

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