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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...
Responsibilities
Whether you rent or own your home, you can keep you and your family safe by reducing any risks you notice around the house. The following pages will provide you with tips on what to look for and how to fix any issues: Portable swimming pool safety Rules for pools and spas (Building Commission)...
Home safety
Working on or near energised electrical equipment (live work) is the leading cause of burns, shocks, serious accidents and fatalities for electricians. Energy Safety ’s Code of Practice Safe Low Voltage Work Practices by Electricians sets out guidelines issued under the authority of Section 33AA of...
Information for industry
Frequently asked questions What should I do if I’m experiencing some delays on my contract? Where there are no obvious signs the builder may be suffering financial difficulties, owners’ interests may best be protected by working with the builder to minimise the impact of late completion. Because of...
What should I do if my building work is unfinished?
The Building Commission has supported an industry-led project to provide a practical building solution to enable alterations and additions in Class 1 or attached Class 10 buildings to meet the energy efficiency requirements that will apply from 1 May 2015. This project has resulted in the...
Codes and standards
All fees listed below are exclusive of GST and effective from 1 July 2017. Please note that the fees and charges are subject to change on 1 July of each year but these new amounts are not known at this time. Applications received on or after 1 July will be subject to the new fee. Owner-builders...
Fee schedule
The Building Commission fees below are exclusive of GST and effective from 1 July 2017. Please note that the fees and charges are subject to change on 1 July of each year but these new amounts are not known at this time. Applications received on or after 1 July will be subject to the new fee...
Fee schedule
Building classifications under the BCA.
Building approvals

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The Building Amendment Regulations 2017 (the Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on Tuesday 7 February 2017 to come into operation on Wednesday 8 February 2017. The...
Building Commission
Bulletin
13 Feb 2017
Process and time for adjudications under the provisions of the Construction Contracts Act 2004 as amended by the Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2016.
Building Commission
Fact sheet
13 Jan 2017
This Industry Bulletin provides guidance on estimating the value of building work for the purposes of submitting a building permit application.
Building Commission
Bulletin
05 Jan 2017
This industry bulletin is to inform building industry stakeholders of an extension to the Ministerial Order that exempts certain owners of land from the requirement to sign an application for a...
Building Commission
Bulletin
23 Dec 2016
Building Commission
Guide / handbook
20 Dec 2016
Articles on the Yuanda building products audit, paint adhesion to white set plaster, emergency plumbing repairs in remote Aboriginal communities, changes to the Construction Contracts Act, industry...
Building Commission
Newsletter
12 Dec 2016
From 15 December 2016, important changes to the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (the Act) come into effect. These changes aim to improve the operation of, and access to, the rapid adjudication scheme...
Building Commission
Bulletin
09 Dec 2016
WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Fact sheet
07 Aug 2017
The BCI Code applies to all State Building Work that is subject of an expression of interest or tender process on or after 1 January 2017.
WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Fact sheet
07 Aug 2017

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Announcements

Geraldton and Bunbury's building industries are invited to learn more about construction contracting, including options for resolving payment disputes, at seminars in February. Run by the Building Commission in partnership with the Master Builders Association (WA) and Jackson McDonald, the seminars is suitable for subcontractors, small builders or other interested people in the building and...
Building Commission
Media release
19 Jan 2017
Middle Swan man Matthew John Paterson, trading as Pato’s Patios, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for offences he committed in contracting for home building work at a Yangebup property in 2014.
Building Commission
Media release
18 Jan 2017
The Building Services Board has imposed conditions on the contractor registrations of Belmont builder Diploma Construction (WA) Pty Ltd (BC11854) and related Leederville-based entity DGX Construction Pty Ltd (BC14593).
Building Commission
Media release
17 Jan 2017
Osborne Park builder Danmar Homes Pty Ltd (reg. BC9032) and its nominated supervisor Robert George Williams (BP7911) have been fined a total of $45,000 plus costs for negligent conduct that contributed to one house’s roof blowing off and another being substantially damaged during a storm.
Building Commission
Media release
16 Jan 2017
If you are involved in the building and construction industry in regional Western Australia, you shouldn’t miss this important learning opportunity. Morning session – 9.00am to 12.30pm The Building Code of Australia (BCA) information session is a half day program in the morning covering future initiatives of the BCA; product certification and technical interpretation to common queries. This...
Building Commission
Event
11 Jan 2017
Formerly registered Wangara builder Jeffrey West (reg. BP101011 & BC100818 – both expired), the sole trader of Kameleon Homes, has been fined $15,000 and ordered to pay costs of $3,200 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
11 Jan 2017
Complete Ceilings and Renovations Pty Ltd (deregistered by ASIC) and its director Mark Edward Straw of High Wycombe have been fined a total of $242,700 as a result of prosecution action by the Building Commissioner.
Building Commission
Media release
21 Dec 2016
Salter Point man Mal Afrasiabi (BC6365 & BP6365 – expired), a director of the formerly registered Western Australian building company AFRA Construction Pty Ltd (BC12367 – expired) and trading as MAE Contractors (or MAE Constructions WA), has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration and contractual offences.
Building Commission
Media release
21 Dec 2016
The December 2016 edition of Building Commission News is out now.
Building Commission
Department News
15 Dec 2016
Information about amendments to the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 (Plumbing Regulations) that came into effect on 14 December 2016.
Building Commission
Department News
14 Dec 2016

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