Proposed reforms to the approval process for commercial buildings

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Message from Building and Energy A/Executive Director, Saj Abdoolakhan

*Please note that due to the current Covid-19 pandemic the date for responding to the CRIS has been extended to 30 June 2020

Building and Energy is inviting Western Australians to share their views on ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the commercial building approval process, including the process for approving apartment buildings.

The consultation period is from 11 December 2019 to 30 June 2020 and is a chance to give your input on the way commercial buildings gain approval. Everyone from property owners, the building industry, local government and other stakeholders with an interest in commercial construction are encouraged to submit their views.

Reforms to the approval process for commercial buildings in Western Australia – Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (the CRIS) seeks comment on one, some or all of the 28 proposals outlined in the CRIS. The proposals presented in this CRIS do not represent the Government’s final policy.

The proposals aim to implement a number of recommendations from Building Confidence – Improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia (the Building Confidence report).

You can complete the template at the link above or written submissions or letters can be emailed to or posted in hard copy to the following address:

Attn: Commercial Buildings Review Team
Policy and Legislation Branch
Building and Energy
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
Locked Bag 100

At the conclusion of the public comment period, Building and Energy will analyse the feedback received from stakeholders. We will then prepare a Decision Regulatory Impact Statement, taking into account the feedback received during the consultation process.

Please direct any enquiries to or phone 1300 489 099.

Building and Energy
Department News
11 Dec 2019

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