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In the early hours of 14 June 2017, fire engulfed a 24-storey apartment block in West London’s North Kensington district known as the Grenfell Tower, causing at least 80 deaths and many injuries. While English authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire and its rapid spread, initial...
Compliance and audit
David Hillyard was appointed as Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection in December 2015. Prior to this, he was the Director of Consumer Protection’s Retail and Services Directorate. David has worked with Consumer Protection for over 35 years and has been in senior management roles where most...
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The Building Commission has commenced an independent audit of Yuanda-supplied building products in the WA construction industry, beginning with the Perth Children's Hospital (PCH) and products that may contain asbestos. Announced by Building Commissioner Peter Gow on 15 July 2016, the audit follows...
Compliance and audit
Drainage plumbing diagram fees A $10.50 fee now applies to the purchase of Drainage Plumbing Diagrams. Go to the 'Search for a drainage plumbing diagram' website Click here for the search Drainage plumbing diagrams (also known as flimsies or as constructed diagrams) are a diagrammatic...
Certificates and diagrams
The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) are provided to assist industry and homeowners to understand the bush fire requirements under the building legislation, including the Building Code of Australia (BCA) bush fire requirements, and to assist those who wish to upgrade their existing homes...
Building 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

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This guidance note deals with amending a building permit to substitute a replacement builder where the nominated builder is unable to continue the building work, generally due to insolvency, death or...
Building Commission
Guidance note
01 Dec 2017
24 November 2017 As summer approaches it’s time to consider if the pools and spas in rental properties conform to safety requirements. Pools and spas must be appropriately fenced according to the...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Nov 2017
24 November 2017 As summer approaches it’s time to check that the pool or spa at your rental property conforms to safety requirements. The pool or spa must have appropriate safety barriers according...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Nov 2017
24 November 2017 Another loss from a cyber-attack that intercepted a property sale transaction has triggered Consumer Protection to issue a renewed warning to buyers, sellers, tenants and agents in...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Nov 2017
24 November 2017 Another loss from a cyber-attack that intercepted a property sale transaction has triggered Consumer Protection to issue a renewed warning to buyers, sellers, tenants and agents in...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Nov 2017
A breakdown of the number and general location of buildings identified as being within the scope of the Western Australian state-wide cladding audit.
Building Commission
Reports
09 Nov 2017
While apartment living has many advantages, the fire at the Grenfell Tower in London and other fire events in Australia and around the world have highlighted the importance of fire safety in high-...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
03 Oct 2017
Conciliation is a process whereby parties, with the help of a conciliator, meet to identify issues, develop solutions to the problem and explore ways to reach an agreement. This publication is a...
Building Commission
Information
12 Jul 2017
The following is a guide for home owners who may have concerns about the stability of the plasterboard ceilings within their home.
Building Commission
Fact sheet
11 May 2017

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Applicants for a builder, building surveyor or painter’s registration in Western Australia are being reminded of their responsibilities when using a third party service provider to prepare their applications.
Building Commission
Media release
06 Dec 2017
A Maddington builder who provided incorrect and misleading information to become registered has been fined $5,000 and his request to cancel his registration has been accepted by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
05 Dec 2017
Asbestos Awareness Week 2017 runs from 27 November - 1 December 2017. Please take this opportunity to ensure your workplace asbestos management systems are up to date, and that workers are aware of these systems. And remember – buildings built before 1990 are likely to contain materials with asbestos content. Follow the links for more information: Checklist for asbestos management Asbestos FAQ...
WorkSafe
Event
24 Nov 2017
Padbury licensed plumbing contractor Lewis Leonard Darby (PL8389) has been fined $1,500 by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for failing to submit the notifications and certifications required for plumbing work.
Building Commission
Media release
20 Nov 2017
Thornlie licensed plumbing contractor Ryan James Crutchley (PL7798) has been fined $2,000 by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for failing to submit the notifications and certifications required for plumbing work.
Building Commission
Media release
20 Nov 2017
Halls Head licensed plumbing contractor Ian Beckwith (PL6804) has been fined $3,000 by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for failing to submit the notifications and certifications required for plumbing work.
Building Commission
Media release
20 Nov 2017
Maddington company Great Aussie Patios Pty Ltd and its sole director and secretary Marcus Graham Fulker have been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for contractual offences committed in the supply and installation of a patio in Hazelmere in 2015.
Building Commission
Media release
26 Oct 2017
Wembley Downs builder Peter Clyde Carman (BC100666 – expired & BP100822 – restricted) has been fined $4,000 by the Building Services Board for submitting a misleading building permit application to the City of Karratha in 2014.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Oct 2017
The Building Commission’s supplementary audit of Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) fire walls has found isolated areas of non-compliance but no systemic issues that pose an ongoing concern for the safety of occupants.
Building Commission
Media release
23 Oct 2017
Recent fire events in Australia and worldwide have highlighted the importance of fire safety in high-rise apartment buildings.
Building Commission
Media release
02 Oct 2017

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