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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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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
A fact sheet for building contractors.
WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Fact sheet
07 Aug 2017
The Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016 (the BCI Code) is effective from 1 January 2017. The BCI Code has been developed to ensure that when spending public...
WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Fact sheet
07 Aug 2017
Frequently asked questions about drug and alcohol testing and the Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016.
WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Fact sheet
07 Aug 2017
Frequently asked questions about the Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016.
WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Fact sheet
07 Aug 2017
Frequently asked questions about the Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016 for subcontractors
WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Fact sheet
07 Aug 2017
The Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016 commenced on 1 January 2017. The code has been developed to ensure that Western Australian government agencies, when...
WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Code of conduct
07 Aug 2017

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Announcements

East Perth man Jon Valmont (alias Jon Marcel), trading as Marcel Roofing, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration and contractual offences he committed in contracting for and carrying out building work in Attadale in late 2013 and early 2014.
Building Commission
Media release
13 Dec 2016
Byford concreter Christopher Ronald Francis Gordon , trading as Flash Concrete , has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for contractual offences he committed while contracting for building work at a Rivervale property in 2014 and a Bull Creek property in 2015.
Building Commission
Media release
12 Dec 2016
A new code of conduct for Western Australia's building and construction industry will be introduced to prevent anti-competitive behaviour, improve workplace safety and add to the suite of measures adopted by the State Government to ensure subcontractors are paid on time.
WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Media release
05 Dec 2016
A new code of conduct for Western Australia's building and construction industry will be introduced to prevent anti-competitive behaviour, improve workplace safety and add to the suite of measures adopted by the State Government to ensure subcontractors are paid on time.
Building Commission
Department News
05 Dec 2016
Nicola Multari , the sole director and secretary of Tonic Homes Pty Ltd (BC 13741 – expired), and Barry Douglas Windsor (reg. BP11375 & BC11375 – expired), the nominated supervisor of Fremantle Building Company Pty Ltd , have been fined for misconduct in connection with building work at a White Gum Valley property in 2013.
Building Commission
Media release
01 Dec 2016
The Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016 applies from 1 January 2017 to the new tendering process of all State building projects. The WA code was developed to ensure that Western Australian government agencies, when expending public funds, contract with building contractors that conduct themselves in a reputable, fair, safe and responsible manner, both in...
WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit / Corporate
Department News
05 Dec 2016
The Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit (BCCMU) has been established as a division of the Department of Commerce. The BCCMU’s role is to monitor compliance with the WA Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016 . The BCCMU will work closely with the building and construction industry to assist them to understand the Code. The Contact Us page has contact details for the...
WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Department News
05 Dec 2016
Interconnection of smoke alarms in residential buildings Requirements for a building permit Building surveyors and builders are reminded that mains powered smoke alarms located inside new residential buildings (being Class 1 buildings, sole-occupancy units in Class 2 or 3 buildings and Class 4 parts of a building) are required to be interconnected where more than one alarm is required to be...
Building Commission
Department News
28 Nov 2016
Mount Lawley builder Squire Homes Pty Ltd (reg. BC5025) has been fined $15,000 and ordered to pay costs of $1,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for negligent conduct in the construction of three commercial projects on two Margaret River sites.
Building Commission
Media release
28 Nov 2016
Are you a subcontractor or small builder engaged in the WA building and construction industry? Would you like some useful tips about entering into construction contracts in WA? Do you want to learn more about making sure you get paid or what to do in the event of a dispute? If you answered 'yes' to the above, these training sessions are for you: Getting paid: information sessions on the...
Building Commission
Event
23 Nov 2016

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