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In Western Australia workers have been killed by lightning, the most recent in 2014 when a backpacker working on a farm at Bruce Rock died after she was struck by lightning. Workers are most at risk working out in the open, on the sea or other waterways or sheltering under trees or other structures...
Environmental factors
The Building Commissioner commenced an independent audit of Yuanda-supplied building products in the WA construction industry, beginning with the Perth Children's Hospital (PCH) and products that may contain asbestos. Announced by Building Commissioner Peter Gow on 15 July 2016, the audit follows...
Compliance and audit
The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) are provided to assist industry and homeowners to understand the bush fire requirements under the building legislation, including the Building Code of Australia (BCA) bush fire requirements, and to assist those who wish to upgrade their existing homes...
Building in bush fire prone areas
Two Building Summits held on 8 August 2016 and 2 February 2016 provided opportunities for the Western Australian building industry and local and State government agencies to identify new red tape reductions and ways to streamline regulatory requirements for the construction of new homes,...
Events and seminars
The building services Acts and the plumbing regulations set out obligations that registered service providers and licensed plumbing contractors must adhere to. These obligations are set out in the fact sheets below: Obligations for licensed plumbing contractors Obligations for registered building...
Compliance and audit
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A guide to the building approvals process in WA
A person responsible for building or demolition work must ensure that the work does not affect land beyond the boundaries of the works land. However there may be the potential for this to occur in certain circumstances, for example where work is on small sized lots or where construction is close to...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
Lodging the application Applications for building, demolition or occupancy permits or for building approval certificates can be submitted in a variety of ways, including in person, by post or electronic lodgement depending on the systems the relevant permit authority has in place. Under the...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
Choosing the correct form To provide for consistency in building approvals throughout the state, all the relevant application forms, notices and compliance certificates are approved by the Building Commissioner and available on the Building and Energy website. Providing the correct application form...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
In general a person must not carry out building work without a building permit where one is required. However the Building Act allows a person to make an application to the relevant permit authority to approve unauthorised building work in relation to a building and/or incidental structure. This...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA

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This bulletin has been produced in response to a combination of industry concerns regarding current practices and as a result of Building and Energy's inspection findings. The bulletin clarifies that...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
05 Jul 2019
Tasks carried out by electricians can increase the risk of musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains and strains due to awkward postures, repetitive actions and excessive force required to lift, carry...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
09 Jul 2019
The department has developed a checklist for employers and workers engaged in the fabrication and installation of stone benchtops. This checklist highlights safety issues with a focus on silica...
WorkSafe
Checklist
07 Feb 2020
A statutory review of the Act was undertaken to ensure that it is still applicable to the modern functioning of the architectural industry, reduce red tape where possible, and examine the...
Building and Energy
Reports
27 May 2019
This bulletin provides technical guidance and information to assist builders, building surveyors, designers, inspectors and others with improving the tie-down of timber framed (including stick-built...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
27 May 2019
This industry bulletin advises that the Commerce Regulations Amendment (Infringement Notices) Regulations 2019 (the Amendment Regulations) was published in the Government Gazette on Friday 26 April...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
29 Apr 2019
Updates to some of the Building Commissioner approved forms have been made in order to align with recent amendments to the Building Regulations 2012 addressing administrative matters around the...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
27 Mar 2019
The Building Amendment Regulations 2019 (the Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on 26 March 2019. The Amendment Regulations come into effect on 1 May 2019. The Amendment...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
27 Mar 2019
In March 2019, a truck mounted concrete pump with boom (TMCPWB) collapsed on to an operator. The injured person had his leg pinned by the boom, causing leg injuries. Possible contributing factors in...
WorkSafe
Alert
18 Mar 2019
The Construction Industry Safety Advisory Committee (CISAC), a tripartite committee of the Western Australian Commission for Occupational Safety and Health, has been made aware of alleged non-...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
08 Mar 2019

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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
A major Australian building company and its nominated supervisor have been fined a total of $32,000 after significant roof defects were discovered at two Perth homes. The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) found that BGC Residential Pty Ltd (BC9769) and Thomas Edmund Starkey (BP14002) breached building registration laws by not properly managing and supervising a building service. In 2016, a...
Building and Energy
Media release
01 Jul 2019
A Karrinyup builder has been formally cautioned over the roof construction at a $1.1 million home, which did not comply with approved plans and building standards. The Building Services Board found that Mulvay Pty Ltd (BC10975) and its nominated supervisor, Mark Anthony Mulvay (BP9892), breached WA’s building registration laws by not properly managing and supervising a building service. The two-...
Building and Energy
Media release
24 Jun 2019
Home owners can be reassured that WA’s building regulator is taking action on standards, compliance and dispute resolution across the industry, according to retiring Building Commissioner Ken Bowron. Mr Bowron leaves Building and Energy (formerly the Building Commission and Energy Safety ) today after 10 years, including 18 months at the helm of the combined division within the Department of...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Jun 2019
A Perth builder has been fined $2,000 after constructing a two-storey dwelling near Manjimup, in breach of conditions placed on his registration. Allen Gledhill , of Mount Nasura, has since voluntarily cancelled his building contractor’s registration (BC100541), which limited him to single-storey residential work and industrial sheds. At its May meeting, the Building Services Board heard that Mr...
Building and Energy
Media release
30 May 2019

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