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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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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
You can also complete bond forms via bonds online to print, sign and submit to the Bonds Adminstrator.
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
The information for tenant sheet provides a brief outline of the rights and responsibilities of the tenant and lessor under the Residentail Tenancies Act. There are two types of information sheet -...
Consumer Protection
Form – agreement

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Announcements

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
West Perth building partnership Promeq Pty Ltd and Molouky Pty Ltd (reg. BC11750) has been fined $3,000 ($1,500 each partner) and its nominated supervisor Muin Qaqish of Subiaco (BC100885 & BP11578) $1,000 for negligent and misleading conduct as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
03 May 2016
The Building Commission is working with the building industry and local government to improve quality control in the residential building process.
Building Commission
Media release
26 Apr 2016
Dianella building company Frayson Pty Ltd (BC8331), trading as Instyle Residence and New Life Renovations has had its building contractor registration cancelled, its sole director and secretary Armand Noor has been made an ineligible person for one year and both have been fined and ordered to pay costs totalling $20,000 for the longest string of disciplinary allegations dealt with by the Building...
Building Commission
Media release
21 Apr 2016
North Fremantle building partnership Mark Desmond Tilbury (BP6681) and Susan Vaughane Tilbury (partnership BC11158) , trading as Mark Tilbury Home Improvements , have been cautioned by the Building Services Board for failing to comply with an order of the Building Commissioner.
Building Commission
Media release
19 Apr 2016
Unregistered Rivervale painter Raymond Patrick O’Sullivan , trading as Prime Finishes Painting Services , has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration offences and failing to comply with a building remedy order.
Building Commission
Media release
18 Apr 2016
The Building Services Board has fined Osborne Park builder Ventura Home Group Pty Ltd (BC10805) $5,000 and its nominated supervisor Justayn Bean (BP13268) $3,000 for negligent conduct under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 .
Building Commission
Media release
18 Apr 2016
From 8 April 2016 new roof-mounted evaporative coolers being installed on residential buildings that are located in a designated bush fire prone area must be fitted with non-combustible covers. The Building Commission has produced a new fact sheet Roof-mounted evaporative coolers to explain the risks and requirements. For further information please contact the Building Commission on 1300 489 099...
Building Commission
Department News
11 Apr 2016

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