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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
Sometimes a building owner or occupier may wish to use the building for a purpose contrary to the approved use or classification of the building detailed on the current occupancy permit. The Building Act sets out the process for obtaining approval for either a change of classification or a change...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
The Building Act contains certain provisions requiring prescribed information to be provided to the Fire and Emergency Services (FES) Commissioner. Building surveyor requirements (r. 18B) For certain Class 2 to Class 9 buildings, the building surveyor responsible for signing the certificate of...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
The Building Act requires the responsible person (i.e. builder or demolition contractor) to provide certain notices for the completion or suspension of work under a building or demolition permit. Notice of cessation (s. 34) The person named as the builder or demolition contractor on a building or...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
As part of its enforcement role, a permit authority can inspect building work and investigate Building Act compliance matters and, where relevant, issue infringement notices, building orders or commence prosecution for non-compliance. There are three types of permit authority: Local government For...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
Building in designated bush fire prone areas In Western Australia, building work is required to comply with the performance requirements of the Building Code of Australia (the Building Code), which comprises Volumes One and Two of the National Construction Code Series. The Building Code contains...
Building in bush fire prone areas
Types of permits and their processes One: Building permit Two: Occupancy permit Three: Building approval certificate Four: Occupancy permit strata Five: Building approval certificate strata Six: Demolition permit One Building permit
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A guide to the building approvals process in WA

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The purpose of this consultation paper is to obtain building industry and public comment on two options for change that have been identified. It is also an opportunity for stakeholders to put forward...
Building and Energy
Discussion paper
24 Jul 2019
Every year thousands of homes are constructed or renovated in Western Australia. While most building projects are completed successfully, occasionally there may be concerns or unmet expectations that...
Building and Energy
Guide / handbook
25 Nov 2019
This Industry Bulletin is intended to inform registered builders about the importance of giving a notice of completion (form BA7) to the permit authority within the prescribed period of time and to...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
12 Jul 2019
The Western Australia guide to standards and tolerances 2019 (the Guide) has been developed for use by builders and building owners as a convenient reference for acceptable standards of workmanship...
Building and Energy
Guide / handbook
30 Jul 2019
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

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A Perth registered builder has had to pay almost $83,000 in penalties and has also received a caution for unauthorised work and building defects at a Swanbourne property. At its August 2019 meeting, the Building Services Board found that Theodoros Sartzidis (BP/BC12815) had been negligent under WA’s building registration laws after he carried out work that differed from approved plans and without...
Building and Energy
Media release
11 Sep 2019
The Building Services Board has fined Wangara building surveying contractor Constructive Building Consultants Pty Ltd (BSC2033) $2,500 and building surveyor Caillam Walter Bruyn (BSP2164) $1,000 after they signed off on a Toodyay community facility that did not meet construction requirements. In 2016, the Shire of Toodyay received a certificate of construction compliance for the newly built...
Building and Energy
Media release
29 Aug 2019
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

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