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The consultation period for proposed changes for NCC 2019 is now open and the ABCB is seeking your feedback. The National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 Public Comment Draft sees a number of proposed changes resulting from major project work done by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and the Proposal for Change process. These changes aim to deliver a contemporary code without compromising...
Building and Energy
Department News
09 Feb 2018
Consumers are again being warned to be cautious in their dealings with unregistered builder Mark Edward Straw, who may also be using the alias Mark Edward James and is trading as Complete Ceilings and Renovations Pty Ltd.
Building and Energy
Media release
09 Feb 2018
Western Australian builder Cooper & Oxley Builders Pty Ltd (BC8529) has today voluntarily entered into external administration. Richard Albarran and Hugh Shaw from Hall Chadwick have been appointed as administrators of the company. Anyone owed money by the builder, including subcontractors and suppliers, should contact Hall Chadwick on (08) 6557 6200 and register as a creditor. The Department...
Building and Energy
Media release
08 Feb 2018
Changes have been made to the registration requirements for painting practitioners. The Building Services (Registration) Amendment Regulations (No. 2) of 2017 will improve and clarify the qualification requirements for registration as a painting practitioner. The Amendment Regulations will come into effect on 1 September 2018 . Currently, regulation 31 of the Building Services (Registration)...
Building and Energy
Department News
31 Jan 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has now formally merged the operations of the former Building Commission and Energy Safety to form the new Building and Energy Division. Ken Bowron will lead the Building and Energy team. He holds the statutory positions of the Building Commissioner and the Director of Energy Safety. Building and Energy oversees the regulation of...
Building and Energy
Department News
30 Jan 2018
Western Australian builder Choiceliving (WA) Pty Ltd (BC101237 – suspended) has today voluntarily entered into external administration.
Building and Energy
Media release
30 Jan 2018
Energy Safety is hosting several free information sessions for Western Australian electrical workers and contractors. Presented by Energy Safety staff, these sessions will update you on: the new Wiring Rules; regulations for live electrical work; and supervision of apprentices. If you are involved in the electrical contracting industry in Western Australia, these sessions are for you. Dates and...
Building and Energy
Event
25 Jan 2018
Karrinyup licensed plumbing contractor Joseph Travaglini (PL5037) has been fined $1,000 by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for failing to submit the notifications and certifications required for plumbing work.
Building and Energy
Media release
25 Jan 2018
Building Commissioner Ken Bowron has suspended Choiceliving (WA) Pty Ltd’s (BC101237) building contractor registration due to concerns about the company’s financial status.
Building and Energy
Media release
25 Jan 2018
Westminster man Jeffrey Dean Ramsey (BP102256 – cancelled) has been fined $5,000 and is no longer a registered builder in Western Australia after he provided false or misleading information to the Building Services Board to become registered.
Building and Energy
Media release
24 Jan 2018
Fremantle registered builder D2R Pty Ltd (BC14008) and its sole director and nominated supervisor Andrzej Zubowicz (BP6530), of Hamilton Hill, have been fined $5,000 each by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct. The conduct related to contracts the company entered into in 2015 for the construction of four residential units in Joondanna valued at $1.3 million and a granny flat and...
Building and Energy
Media release
10 Jan 2018
Landsdale building company Goldbox Holdings Pty Ltd (BC11173), trading as Link Construction & Developments, has been fined $4,000 by the Building Services Board for failing to comply with two orders of the Building Commissioner.
Building and Energy
Media release
09 Jan 2018
A Parkerville man has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner and fined $5,000 for registration offences his company committed while contracting for and carrying out the fit-out of two commercial buildings in Belmont and Jandakot in 2013.
Building and Energy
Media release
08 Jan 2018
A Bennett Springs man who provided false and misleading information in an attempt to become a registered builder has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner.
Building and Energy
Media release
02 Jan 2018
Energy Safety has issued a reminder of the importance of understanding the hazards present in roof spaces and how to avoid them. Director of Energy Safety, Ken Bowron, today issued a caution to be mindful during the festive season of the electrical hazards present in roof spaces. “The holiday season is upon us, and while we will be enjoying the usual Christmas and New Year festivities, many will...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Dec 2017
Western Australia’s Building Regulations 2012 require owners of residential dwellings to have compliant smoke alarms installed prior to the sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire of the dwelling.
Building and Energy
Department News
20 Dec 2017
Energy Safety has issued a public warning about dangerous Salzer brand switches used in some solar systems installed in Western Australia since August 2016. Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron said today the switches formed part of some solar photo-voltaic installations. “They are used to disconnect the current produced by solar panels so work can be undertaken on the electrical installation of...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Dec 2017
The Building Commission has produced a guidance note and new Building Act form to deal with amending a building permit to substitute a replacement builder where the builder is unable to continue the building work. This is generally due to insolvency, death or disappearance. Building Act Guidance Note – Building permit: amending builder's details BA19 – Request to amend building permit Enquiries...
Building and Energy
Department News
19 Dec 2017
A Duncraig building company that continued to contract for and carry out building work after its building contractor registration lapsed has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner.
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Dec 2017
Energy Safety has issued a reminder to do a safety check on the family barbecue before firing it up this summer. Acting Director of Energy Safety Saj Khan said today caution was needed around all gas appliances. “A barbecue is a great Australian tradition, but gas barbecues can be dangerous if not correctly maintained,” Mr Khan said. “Every year unsafe barbecues cause fires, injuries and damage...
Building and Energy
Media release
15 Dec 2017
Western Australians have been encouraged to ensure their Christmas lights are approved, safe and in good working order this holiday season. Acting Director of Energy Safety Saj Khan today advised consumers to check their Christmas lights before use to ensure they were safe and being used correctly. “Decorating with Christmas tree and fairy lights is a common tradition during the festive season...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Dec 2017
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 and Energy
Media release
06 Dec 2017
A report released by ACIL Allen Consulting in February 2014 contained 51 recommendations broadly aimed at making Western Australia’s plumbing laws more modern and responsive to the changing needs of the industry.
Building and Energy
Department News
06 Dec 2017
Changes to Western Australia’s building regulations have clarified restrictions on the types of buildings and incidental structures a building surveyor may sign a compliance certificate for under the Building Act 2011 .
Building and Energy
Department News
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 and Energy
Media release
05 Dec 2017

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