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Information about the Building Commission's Enforcement Branch.
Enforcement
Building disputes Disputes – referred to as building service or home building work contract complaints Any person adversely affected by the carrying out of a regulated building service may lodge a complaint alleging that a building service has not been carried out in a proper and proficient manner...
Compliance and audit
Registration as an adjudicator falls under the Construction Contracts Act 2004 . (1) The qualifications and experience required by an adjudicator are: (a) a degree from a university or other tertiary institution in Australia in one of the following disciplines or an equivalent qualification from an...
Becoming an adjudicator
The Building Commission protects the community by setting standards and ensuring contractors have the skills, experience and financial capacity to deliver quality building services. It is illegal for an individual, partnership or company to contract for or carry out a building service without first...
Find a registered building service provider or licensed plumber
Only a plumber who holds a licence issued by the Plumbers Licensing Board can legally carry out water supply, sanitary and drainage plumbing work in Western Australia. Licensing plumbers reduces risks to public health, safety and the environment by ensuring they are competent and sufficiently...
Having plumbing work done
Adjudication The claim A claimant can be a person, body or organisation that presents a payment claim in the event of a payment dispute. The claimant can be: a contractor claiming against a principal; a subcontractor claiming against a contractor; or a supplier of goods claiming against a...
Information on the Construction Contracts Act
As part of its function, the Building Commission provides an avenue for both consumers and builders to resolve disputes relating to the carrying out of regulated building services and home building work contracts. These services are provided to parties as an alternative to the commencement of court...
Building service and home building contract complaints
Background The PIRG is an advisory body providing expert advice to the Plumbers Licensing Board on a range of plumbing and occupational licensing matters, including the licensing regulations, the education and training of plumbers, and the technical plumbing standards. The current PIRG membership (...
Reference groups
Establishment and function The Plumbers Licensing Board is established by Part 5A of the Plumbers Licensing Act 1995 . The Act vests the Board with four main functions: To monitor matters relating to the qualification and training of plumbers. To advise the Minister for Commerce on matters relating...
Boards
The Building Commission is committed to maintaining collaborative engagement with the building and construction industry on broad policy and procedural matters likely to affect the industry. The Building Commission Advisory Committee (BCAC) is an advisory forum that comprises all occupational and...
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For the purpose of this technical note, a “multi-unit development” for sanitary drainage is defined as a development of three or more residential Class 1a buildings limited to a height of three...
Building Commission
Technical standards
16 Aug 2017
This technical note has been developed with the assistance of the Plumbing Industry Reference Group and is issued as a guide to the Western Australian plumbing industry for the correct use and...
Building Commission
Technical standards
25 Oct 2017
This technical note responds to issues raised by licensed plumbers regarding the installation of reticulation/irrigation cut-ins and backflow prevention, 40 mm traps (using products with built-in air...
Building Commission
Technical standards
22 May 2014
Boundary traps perform a vital role in sewerage networks protecting the main drains of private properties and the community from harmful sewer gases.
Building Commission
Technical standards
22 May 2014
This technical nte has been issued to alert the plumbing industry and stakeholders to acceptable methods for the termination of waste water drains from evaporative airconditioners.
Building Commission
Technical standards
22 May 2014
This technical note has been developed as a guide to the Western Australian plumbing industry regarding the thermal insulation of heated water piping and the installation of heat traps.
Building Commission
Technical standards
22 May 2014
This technical note has been issued to inform the plumbing industry about the regulated limitations on the use of plastic pipes when installing solar water heaters. Plastic pipes are now commonly...
Building Commission
Technical standards
22 May 2014
This technical note has been issued to inform the plumbing industry about the correct termination of drain lines from temperature/pressure-relief valves and expansion control valves associated with...
Building Commission
Technical standards
22 May 2014
This technical note has been published to clarify that the requirement for an overflow relief gully is not removed by the installation of a reflux valve. It contains information for the Western...
Building Commission
Technical standards
08 Aug 2017
This technical note has been issued to inform the Western Australian plumbing industry of processes and requirements for the testing of drainage plumbing work.
Building Commission
Technical standards
22 May 2014

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Announcements

New water laws, which look to transform the provision of water, sewerage, irrigation and drainage services in Western Australia, came into effect on Tuesday, 19 November 2013. While the new legislation, the Water Services Act 2012 and the Water Services Regulations 2013 (the Water Laws), specifically relates to water services providers, there are a number of amendments for those working in the...
Building Commission
Department News
29 Nov 2013
The Building Commission recently brought together stakeholders from across the building and plumbing industries to look back at its past achievements and hear about its future directions. The Building the Industry 2013 presentation and sundowner was held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on 6 December 2013 and acted as the industry launch for the Commission’s Strategic Plan 2013-2016...
Building Commission
Department News
12 Dec 2013
In June 2013, the State Government announced that an independent review of Western Australia’s plumbing regulations would be undertaken by ACIL Allen Consulting. The consultant’s final report , which was informed through consultation with the WA plumbing industry, is now available.
Building Commission
Department News
13 Feb 2014
Tuesday 11 March is World Plumbing Day! Initiated by the World Plumbing Council and celebrated annually, this international event raises awareness of the important role of the plumbing industry in protecting public health and safety, and the environment. The availability of clean drinking water and basic sanitation is something that affects us all, and our Australian lifestyles would be very...
Building Commission
Department News
11 Mar 2014
A summary of submissions received on the discussion paper ‘Alternative Plumbing Solutions in Western Australia’ is now available for viewing.
Building Commission
Department News
13 Mar 2014

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