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The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) are provided to assist industry and homeowners to be aware of the regulated construction requirements and building standards and to assist those who wish to upgrade their existing homes for better protection from bush fires. What are the laws and how...
Building safely in bushfire prone areas
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A guide to the building approvals process in WA
A person responsible for building or demolition work must ensure that the work does not affect land beyond the boundaries of the works land. However there may be the potential for this to occur in certain circumstances, for example where work is on small sized lots or where construction is close to...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
Lodging the application Applications for building, demolition or occupancy permits or for building approval certificates can be submitted in a variety of ways, including in person, by post or electronic lodgement depending on the systems the relevant permit authority has in place. Under the...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
Choosing the correct form To provide for consistency in building approvals throughout the state, all the relevant application forms, notices and compliance certificates are approved by the Building Commissioner and available on the Building Commission website. Providing the correct application form...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
In general a person must not carry out building work without a building permit where one is required. However the Building Act allows a person to make an application to the relevant permit authority to approve unauthorised building work in relation to a building and/or incidental structure. This...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
Sometimes a building owner or occupier may wish to use the building for a purpose contrary to the approved use or classification of the building detailed on the current occupancy permit. The Building Act sets out the process for obtaining approval for either a change of classification or a change...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
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 (ie 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

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The Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division has released a Discussion Paper on recommendations to amend the model Work Health and Safety Regulations (the WHS regulations) for the Western...
WorkSafe
Information
Building Commission
Fact sheet
Make sure you use a licensed gas fitter whenever you have gasfitting work done. Is your gasfitter licensed? Make sure you use a licensed gas fitter whenever you have gasfitting work done. In Western...
EnergySafety
Brochure
Portable swimming pool safety considerations Q. What are some of the safety issues associated with portable swimming pools? A. Drowning of young children under five years of age in portable pools is...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
This publication provides general information and is no substitute for the legislation. You should get expert or legal advice about your particular situation. Most properties in Western Australia are...
Consumer Protection
Brochure
Please use one of the online forms listed below to complete and print the form/s. If you are unable to use the online system then you can download and complete the pdf form on this page. Lodgement of...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
The Home Buyers Assistance Account assists people to purchase their first home in Western Australia. Eligible applicants receive a grant of up to $2,000 to reimburse some of the expenses associated...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
Housing needs change with time. If you are over 55 or thereabouts, you may be considering changes to your housing that better meet your finances, lifestyle or present and future needs. You can view...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
Better Trading was a free electronic newsletter published by Consumer Protection. It contained current issues, important events and future trends in consumer protection and fair trading matters...
Consumer Protection
Newsletter
The information on this fact sheet is available on the following pages: Property investment seminars Rent to buy a property Off the plan property contracts This fact sheet contains only general...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet

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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
Como building company Richmount Enterprises Pty Ltd (BC11026) has been fined $1,000 by the Building Services Board for failing to comply with orders of both the Building Commissioner and the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).
Building Commission
Media release
20 Jun 2016
Waterford builder Nicholas Hunter (BC10879 and BP10879) has been fined $2,500 by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct relating to building work he carried out at a Bullcreek property between August and December 2013.
Building Commission
Media release
20 Jun 2016
Building company Ribshire Pty Ltd (BC14107), trading as Goodline , and its director John Michael Kennedy (BP14106) have been ordered to pay fines totalling $10,000 for negligent conduct as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
15 Jun 2016
Piara Waters builder Param Jeet Singh Karnail Singh (BP14537) has been fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct relating to building work he carried out at properties in Willetton and Mirrabooka in 2015.
Building Commission
Media release
15 Jun 2016
Dianella unregistered builder Silvano Rossi, trading as Deluxe Bathrooms, has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration and contractual offences he committed in contracting for and carrying out home building work at a Cottesloe property between March and September 2013.
Building Commission
Media release
13 Jun 2016
Rockingham builder Gary Alan Cramphorn (reg. BC10775 & BP10775), trading as Xtra Construction, has been ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) to pay a fine of $20,000 and costs of $3,200 as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
13 Jun 2016
A supervisor has been appointed to take over the financial operation of a real estate agency in East Victoria Park. The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) has granted a supervision order in relation to Macro Realty Pty Ltd following an application by Consumer Protection. Macro Realty is suspended from carrying on its business and controlling the agency’s bank accounts. The supervisor Alan Ferris...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 May 2016
A national campaign has been launched by consumer regulators around Australia to warn potential property investors about property spruikers who claim to be ‘wealth creators’ but are really just in it for themselves. In WA, Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard is advising consumers attending these seminars to be wary of any deals promising big returns with low risk and to get...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 May 2016
Halls Head man Roy Keith Perkins (TL2619), director of Nucross (W.A.) Pty Ltd, trading as Perkins Plumbing Contractors, has been fined and had his plumbing tradesperson’s licence suspended by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) as a result of disciplinary action by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB).
Building Commission
Media release
09 May 2016

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