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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
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 representation of a property’s drainage plumbing work. Drainage plumbing diagrams are regularly used by homeowners,...
Certificates and diagrams
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
Subscribe to the Building Commission’s industry bulletins and newsletters to stay informed of: general industry trends; legislative changes; updates about registration and licensing; upcoming events and seminars; public consultations; and much more. Have you subscribed to news and updates? Sign up...
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

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In July 2016 asbestos was found in composite roof panels at the new Perth Children’s Hospital. The roof panels were imported from China and classified as “asbestos free”, but testing by a National...
WorkSafe
Alert
09 Sep 2016
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
01 Jun 2016
Building Commission
Fact sheet
26 Apr 2016
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
05 Jun 2015
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
12 Feb 2015
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
11 Nov 2014
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
23 Jun 2016
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
04 May 2014
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
21 Jul 2015
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
12 Mar 2015

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Announcements

The 2016-17 financial year sees the Australian Building Codes Board embarking on a significant suite of work relating to the advancement of the Energy Efficiency Provisions in the National Construction Code (NCC). These changes will be considered as part of NCC 2019.
Building Commission
Department News
21 Sep 2016
Waterman’s Bay licensed plumbing tradesperson Gary Clayton Hummerston (TL11472) has been successfully prosecuted by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for failing to comply with a condition of his licence.
Building Commission
Media release
14 Sep 2016
An interim report into the discovery of asbestos in the new Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) has found the procurement processes used by principal contractor John Holland Pty Ltd to be comprehensive and consistent with industry practice. However, industry and government must improve processes for detecting and preventing the presence of non-conforming and hazardous products in buildings. Released...
Building Commission
Media release
13 Sep 2016
The Building Services Board has fined Willetton building company Build West Pty Ltd (reg. BC10002) $5,000 and its director and nominated supervisor Shaun Middleton (BP37114) $2,500 for negligent conduct and failing to properly manage and supervise its work.
Building Commission
Media release
31 Aug 2016
Wangara builder Jeffrey West (reg. BP101011 & BC100818), the sole trader of Kameleon Homes , no longer holds a builder registration in Western Australia.
Building Commission
Media release
31 Aug 2016
Northbridge builder Joseph Merenda (BP10668) has been fined $5,000 and refused renewal of his building practitioner registration as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
30 Aug 2016
Hillarys man Saad Soliman (reg. BP10488), as the sole director, nominated supervisor and secretary of liquidated building company Benchmark Designer Homes (BC10941), has been ordered to pay by consent a $5,000 fine and costs of $10,000 as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
18 Aug 2016
Major reforms to improve the efficiency, productivity and consistency of the Western Australian building industry will progress further today as the Liberal National Government hosted its second Building Summit.
Building Commission
Media release
09 Aug 2016
Perth company Top Class Roof Restorations Pty Ltd and its sole director and secretary Troy Anthony Coward have been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for contractual offences and fined a total of $7,000.
Building Commission
Media release
03 Aug 2016
Malaga company Barrowman Holdings Pty Ltd, trading as Perth Window & Door Replacement Company, and its sole director and secretary Stuart William Barrowman of Woodvale, have been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for contractual offences and fined a total of $15,000.
Building Commission
Media release
01 Aug 2016

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