Building or renovating your home – helpful resources
- Building and Energy's Top 10 tips: Choosing a builder and signing a home building contract
- Translations – Building and Energy's Top 10 tips: Choosing a builder and signing a home building contract
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Helpful videos for home owners
- Building your new home
- Translated captions – Building your new home
- Building disputes resolution service
- Translated captions – Building disputes resolution service
- Building supply chain delays
Other useful resources
- Building a home in challenging times
- Guide on price increases to home building work contracts
- Background information: A general inspection into sheet metal clad timber framed roof construction in WA
- Balconies and decks
- Building your new home – a checklist
- Building complaint resolution
- Building contracts and progress payments
- Building for better protection in bushfire areas
- Dividing fences guide
- Guide to the building approvals process in WA
- European House Borer
- Fire safety in existing apartment buildings
- Having gasfitting work done?
- Having plumbing work done?
- Helpful checks when choosing a building service provider
- Home Building Contracts Act
- Home indemnity insurance
- Painting and decorating
- Powering your home for less
- Rules for pools
- Roof coating – do you really need it?
- Safe use of electricity
- Site considerations
- Spontaneous ceiling collapse
- Smoke alarm laws
- Termites and your home
- Thinking of installing a swimming pool or spa?
- WA Alterations and Additions Protocol
Always use a licensed plumber, gas fitter or electrician
To protect your health and safety, as well as ensuring your job is completed according to laws, always use an appropriately licensed person.
Always use a registered builder, painter or building surveyor
The best way to protect your investment in a building service provider is to ensure they are registered with Building and Energy. Visit the registers for building services providers to check for current registration.
As an owner of land wanting to build or renovate your own home or a small commercial building with the intention of residing in or using the building, you can apply for approval from the Building Services Board to become an owner-builder. The page on owner-builders' responsibilities discusses who can owner-build and what it involves. Download the owner-builder application below.
Owner-builder application package