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Dermatitis simply means inflammation of the skin. What is contact dermatitis? Contact dermatitis is an inflammation that occurs when a substance comes into contact with skin. The skin is irritated. This may be in the form of either an allergy or more commonly an irritant reaction. How does the skin...
Diseases and health
Information about Building and Energy's Enforcement Branch.
Enforcement
Becoming an owner-builder To become an owner-builder, you must first obtain owner-builder approval from the Building Services Board, and then a building permit from your local government. The process and related form to become an owner-builder was amended in March 2023 to streamline determination...
Becoming an owner-builder
Responsibilities Before taking on a building project as an owner-builder you should be aware that owner-builders take on many of the responsibilities of a registered builder. These responsibilities include: complying with all building standards including the Building Code of Australia and safety...
Responsibilities
If you are thinking about owner-building your own home or small commercial building, you will need to have been granted owner-builder approval from the Building Services Board before you can be granted a building permit from your local government authority. Owner-builder approvals can only be...
Responsibilities
Contracts It is the builder’s responsibility to ensure that a written contract, that accurately reflects the agreement reached, is in place between themselves and their client. Contracts will vary depending on whether the type of building work that is proposed is residential or commercial. Any...
Contracts
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. Building Section 37 of the Building Act...
Codes and standards
The National Construction Code (NCC) is an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments, developed to incorporate all on-site construction requirements into a single code. The NCC is produced and maintained by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) on behalf of the Australian Government...
Codes and standards
Building disputes Building disputes monthly reports These reports provide an overview of the number and type of complaints received, average time taken to close and the decisions/outcomes achieved for the month. View all monthly reports Disputes (building service or home building work contract...
Compliance and audit
If planning to build in an area affected by the European House Borer (EHB), it is recommended that treated pine is used for structural purposes. A number of pine treatment options are available. For pine in service, in-situ treatment can be undertaken. For other affected pine products such as...
European house borer

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The Building Amendment Regulations (No. 3) 2020 (Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on 24 April 2020 and have commenced operation.
Building and Energy
Bulletin
28 Apr 2020
Building and Energy’s 'Public naming of building service providers policy'
Building and Energy
Policies
22 Apr 2020
In early 2020, an air-conditioning installer suffered a fatal electric shock while working in the roof space of a house. In Western Australia, it is a legal requirement to de-energise and isolate all...
WorkSafe
Alert
17 Sep 2020
While it is reasonable to be concerned about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, there are a number of actions you can take to look after your mental health during this challenging time. Access...
WorkSafe
Information
16 Sep 2022
It is reasonable for workers to experience increased worry, anxiety and stress about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Managing the risk to mental health during this time means workers will have...
WorkSafe
Information
04 Dec 2023
Safe Work Australia has created an easy to follow infographic to advise workplaces on the steps they should take if a worker comes down with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.
WorkSafe
Information
23 Sep 2021
The purpose of this bulletin is to clarify the energy efficiency provisions for building in Western Australia from 1 May 2020.
Building and Energy
Bulletin
01 Apr 2020
This industry bulletin is intended to alert stakeholders to pending changes to Western Australia’s building legislation which will come into effect when the Strata Titles Act 1985 is amended...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
09 Apr 2020
Exemption from requirement for building permit for manufactured homes and attachments This industry bulletin provides information on the Building Amendment Regulations 2020 (Amendment Regulations)...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
11 Mar 2020
This industry bulletin has been issued to inform the Western Australian plumbing and building industries of new requirements when providing plumbing services to each lot on a survey strata scheme...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
17 Aug 2020

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Major WA builder Dale Alcock Homes Pty Ltd (BC7309) and its nominated supervisor Dale Andrew Alcock (BP7184) have been fined a total of $10,000 in relation to a defective concrete slab that ultimately led to a decision to demolish and reconstruct a Woodvale house. The Building Services Board fined the company and Mr Alcock $5,000 each under WA’s building registration laws for failing to properly...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Aug 2019
The Building Services Board has fined a South West builder $5,000 for negligent conduct after he was named on a building permit to construct a house in Yarloop, but allowed an unregistered third party to do the work. Michael Kenneth Cheeseman (BC101905, BP14081), a registered building contractor and building practitioner from Boyanup, was listed on the building permit and contract for the $83,000...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Aug 2019
Paintwork described as “faulty and unsatisfactory” has resulted in the Building Services Board issuing a $2,000 fine to a Ballajura painter. Amin Rahimi (PP/PC 8120) was subcontracted in July 2018 to do around $14,000 worth of interior and exterior painting at four residential units in Gosnells. The property owner and the builder raised concerns about the quality of the job, even after Mr Rahimi...
Building and Energy
Media release
20 Aug 2019
Two Perth businesses and their director must pay almost $90,000 in fines and costs following a Building and Energy prosecution for falsely claiming to be authorised to do work that only a registered building contractor can carry out. After a five-day trial in the Perth Magistrates Court, Frayson Pty Ltd and an associated company, Instyle Residence Australia Pty Ltd , were found guilty of separate...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Aug 2019
A Perth window company and its director have been fined a total of $65,000 for not complying with a Building Commissioner’s order to fix incorrect glass installed at a Mandurah home. Malaga-based Barrowman Holdings Pty Ltd , trading as Perth Window and Door Replacement Company , was contracted to supply and install tinted double-glazed windows and doors at the property at a cost of more than $19,...
Building and Energy
Media release
31 Jul 2019
On 30 July 2019, the McGowan Government announced a three-stage plan to improve the bush fire policy framework, including the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas (the Map). The improvements will reduce the number of residential buildings required to comply with the bush fire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Stage One will see a new edition of the Map come into effect on...
Building and Energy
Department News
30 Jul 2019
In 2018, the Cabinet Makers Association of Western Australia met with the then Minister for Commerce, in relation to difficulties experienced by cabinet makers in legally claiming progress payments from their clients under the provisions of the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 . The Minister asked the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) to investigate options to address...
Building and Energy
Department News
25 Jul 2019
A Perth building company has been found to be negligent and fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for winning a contract to renovate a chocolate store in Fremantle, but then failing to carry out or supervise the work. Ferhan Developments Pty Ltd (BC102155) of Queens Park and its sole director Chrishan Fernando won a $236,158 tender and were issued a building permit by the City of Fremantle...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Jul 2019
The Water Corporation advises that a number of important enhancements have been made to asset protection documentation. The changes address safety issues for working on or near assets and clarify a number of ambiguities in the previous documentation. Impacted documents and key changes include: Technical Guidelines for working near Water Corporation Assets Inclusion of a requirement for serious...
Building and Energy
Department News
22 Jul 2019
Between 1 January 2017 and 28 February 2019, in total 56 regulatory compliance inspections were carried out and 3,209 items of regulatory requirements were inspected. Of these 3,037 or 95% were found to be compliant. The top ten items of non-compliance that require improvement are listed in Table 1 below: Table 1: Top ten items of regulatory compliance that require improvement Item Number...
Building and Energy
Department News
08 Jul 2019

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