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Residential building work contracts in Western Australia are governed by the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 (the Act). If residential building work valued over $20,000 is to be undertaken, the Act requires that a builder take out home indemnity insurance in the name of the owner before accepting...
Responsibilities
The Home Building Contracts Act 1991 (the Act) enables a registered building contractor to build their principal place of residence once every six years without having to obtain home indemnity insurance. If you are a registered building contractor (individual) wanting to build your principal place...
Responsibilities
Registered builders must erect a legible sign of reasonable dimensions on all works under their control. The sign must show their name and registration number (as it appears on their certificate of registration). It is not sufficient to provide only a trading name. In the case of a partnership or...
Responsibilities
Nailing tools can be dangerous if not used correctly, the following information aims at reducing incidents with air operated nailing tools. Labour savers or lethal weapons? Because of their obvious advantages, air operated nailing tools are widely accepted and used in industry. Used safely, they...
Construction
The Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 require workers to complete an approved training course before commencing tilt-up or precast concrete construction or manufacture. Workers who have not previously completed an approved training course must be deemed competent under CPCCCM1016A...
Construction
The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) requires a tradesperson and/or builder to meet certain obligations when they do building work: Service guarantee Product guarantee Businesses are obligated to meet all ACL consumer guarantees by law and they cannot be signed away. If you are having troubles with a...
Building or renovating a property
Ask your family or friends to recommend an architect, builder or tradesperson they have recently used. Shop around and get recommendations. If you are using an architect, ask them to recommend two or three building practitioners who have worked for other clients, as a starting point. You should...
Building or renovating a property
Handy checklist to help you compare properties, to use at a pre-settlement inspection or before you accept the keys / take full ownership of the property. A pest inspection could save you thousands of dollars in repair costs. For more information visit our pages on pest control . Property...
Buying a property
All Australian businesses must comply with the Australian Consumer Law. This law also applies to the building industry. Consumer guarantees on goods and services Unconscionable conduct Unfair contract laws False or misleading representations Misleading or deceptive conduct What Consumer Protection...
Building and renovating
This section of the website provides an overview of the building approvals process to assist those in the building industry, home-owners, permit authority clients and staff, owner-builders and building industry students. The information is relevant whether you are building a house, an office tower...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA

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The objective of this policy is to guide members of the Building Services Board (the Board), officers with powers delegated by the Board and Licensing Services staff in making appropriate, consistent and legally defensible decisions in relation to requests to waive the six year requirement to obtain a further owner-builder approval under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 , specifically on the grounds of "hardship".
Building and Energy
Policies
17 Sep 2020
The objective of this policy is to guide members of the Building Services Board (the Board), Departmental officers with powers delegated by the Board, and other Departmental officers in making consistent decisions when dealing with late applications for renewal of registration.
Building and Energy
Policies
17 Sep 2020
The objective of this policy is to guide members of the Building Services Board (the Board) and Departmental staff in applying consistent processes and making appropriate decisions in relation to building service provider registrations with conditions.
Building and Energy
Policies
17 Sep 2020
An audit of combustible cladding on high-rise, high-risk private and public buildings.
Building and Energy
Reports
16 Sep 2020
The Building and Energy Audit priorities statement outlines its ongoing commitment to monitor the work and conduct of a random and targeted selection of registered builders and building surveyors...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
20 Aug 2020
In early March 2020, a demolition team was taking down a large industrial unit. The team had removed fire suppression pipework from the roof and collected portable fire extinguishers from around the...
WorkSafe
Alert
06 Aug 2020
Welcome to the third issue of the 'Building Focus' newsletter. Building Focus brings you the latest news for the building, building surveying and painting industries.
Building and Energy
Newsletter
24 Jul 2020
Building and Energy has released this consultation paper proposing changes to the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 to allow for the registration of building engineers and to introduce a code...
Building and Energy
Consultations / public comment
09 Jul 2020
Building Servies Board Management and supervision policy: Questionnaire
Building and Energy
Form – application
25 Jun 2020

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A former building company director has been fined $40,000 in the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for hiring a group of men to threaten and intimidate five clients in Perth’s western suburbs. Talbot James Le Page was also ordered to pay $2,000 in costs and declared ineligible to be an officer of a building contractor for the maximum period of three years. The SAT also ordered cancellation of...
Building and Energy
Media release
10 Dec 2019
Our offices will be closed from Wednesday 25 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020. Normal services will return on Thursday 2 January 2020. For urgent enquiries please visit our contact page.
Corporate
Department News
04 Dec 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Did you know that currently when you build a home in Western Australia, such as a one or two storey house, there are no mandatory inspections during, or at the end of, construction? In a recent social media survey run on Consumer Protection’s Facebook page, 55% of respondents wrongly thought local government WAS required to carry out...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Nov 2019
The Building Services Board has fined a Mount Pleasant building practitioner and his company $6,000 in total for starting construction of a two-storey house in Doubleview without the required home indemnity insurance (HII) or building permit. Compass Building Pty Ltd (BC33514, expired) was fined $3,500 for negligence under WA’s building registration laws. The company’s director and nominated...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Nov 2019
A Wangara cabinetmaker has been fined $3,300 and ordered to pay more than $500 in costs after taking a deposit that was six times the maximum allowed. At Joondalup Magistrates Court earlier this month, Micheal Clinton Cockburn (who is also known by the spelling Michael) pleaded guilty to a breach of WA’s home building contract legislation following a prosecution by Building and Energy. The court...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 Nov 2019
A former building practitioner who provided false or misleading information in his registration application has been fined $2,500 by the Building Services Board and has voluntarily cancelled his registration. David James Shaw (BP102430, cancelled) was granted building practitioner registration in March 2017 after submitting an application that included information to support the criteria of...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Nov 2019
WA’s building regulator is urging owner-builders to ensure they fully understand their obligations after a Perth man was fined $2,400 for selling his house without the necessary home indemnity insurance. At Joondalup Magistrates Court on 1 November 2019, Jonathon Robert Reardon pleaded guilty to an offence under WA’s home building contract laws following a prosecution by Building and Energy. The...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Nov 2019
A Perth building surveying company and its two directors have been fined a total of $35,000 for negligence after signing off on three buildings that failed to meet fire safety requirements. Applecross-based registered building surveying contractor Resolve Group Pty Ltd (BSC31) and registered building surveying practitioners Scott Michael Roberts (BSP244) and Kieran James Hunt (BSP2224) were the...
Building and Energy
Media release
05 Nov 2019
Western Australia’s Building Services Board has fined a former registered builder $2,000 for two counts of misleading conduct and twice failing to comply with an order of the Building Commissioner. Former Guilderton registered builder Kimberley John Houlahan (BP and BC10019) was fined in relation to four breaches of the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 for building work he had performed...
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Oct 2019
A tradesman has been fined $4,000 in the Geraldton Magistrates Court after he falsely presented as a registered painter and carried out painting work that requires registration. On 12 September 2019, Geoffrey Stephen John Peacock entered a written guilty plea for three charges brought by the Building Commissioner under WA’s building registration laws, which state that only a registered painter...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Sep 2019

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