Compliance with building standards

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Codes and Standards are required to maintain minimum necessary standards of relevant safety, health, amenity and sustainability within the industry in relation to all building services (plumbing, painting and building work) regulated by Building and Energy. 


Section 37 of the Building Act 2011 contains requirements for the relevant builder named on a building permit to ensure compliance with applicable building standards.

Building standards in relation to construction are prescribed under Part 4 of the Building Regulations 2012.  In general the applicable building standard for proposed building work is the Building Code of Australia ('BCA') (being Volumes One and Two of the National Construction Code Series). There are modifications to applicable building standards in certain matters such as relocated buildings


Plumbing standards are prescribed under Part 6 of the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 (Plumbing Regulations). The Plumbing Regulations calls up Volume 3 of the National Construction Code Series being the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA) as the plumbing standards that apply in WA. Part 6 of the Plumbing Regulations also modifies certain standards to suit WA conditions.  


Building and Energy recommends that painter's work follows AS2311 and manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure reasonable industry standards are met. 

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