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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
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

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THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES ONLY. The public comment period on the Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia closed on 26...
WorkSafe
Information
14 Jan 2020
*Please note that due to the current Covid-19 pandemic the date for responding to the CRIS has been extended to 30 June 2020. The purpose of this CRIS is to seek feedback on proposals to reform the...
Building and Energy
Consultations / public comment
27 Mar 2020
Use this form to apply for a demolition licence. For more information regarding applying for a demolition licence please refer to Guidelines for applicants for a demolition licence .
WorkSafe
Form – application
29 Nov 2019
Progress report on local government’s four yearly inspections of private swimming pool safety barriers 2018/19 Please note: The figure on page 7 of 8.3% for the City of Nedlands should be 0%
Building and Energy
Reports
21 Oct 2019
Building Services Board policy for applying for registration under mutual recognition legislation.
Building and Energy
Policies
21 Oct 2019
Lifting chains and their associated components (hooks, shackles, links etc) are used widely across a variety of industries to lift and move loads and includes Grade T (8, 80, 800) and Grade V (10,...
WorkSafe
Alert
10 Oct 2019
Building and Energy has become aware through audit activities that Australian Standard AS 4055-2012: Wind loads for housing (AS 4055) has been inconsistently used in the wind loading classification...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
03 Oct 2019
This document provides guidance on the compliant installation locations of gate hinges used in private swimming pool safety barriers.
Building and Energy
Bulletin
23 Sep 2019
The Regional Services Review - Consultation Paper is now available for all stakeholders to have their say.
Corporate
Consultations / public comment
16 Sep 2019
This industry bulletin has been issued to provide information on new deemed-to-satisfy (DTS) provisions for fire sprinkler systems. The DTS provisions have been included in the 2019 National...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
13 Sep 2019

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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
The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has today released an online survey regarding the inclusion of mandatory requirements in the National Construction Code (NCC) for the development of Performance Solutions. You have been invited to complete the survey in order to help inform the development of draft NCC provisions for public consultation and the associated regulation impact analysis. The...
Building and Energy
Department News
13 Sep 2019
Building and Energy is inviting Western Australians to share their views on ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of home building approval processes. A public consultation launched today is seeking input from property owners, the building industry, local government and other stakeholders with an interest in home construction. Under WA’s current home building approval processes, a...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Sep 2019
A Rivervale builder has been fined $1,000 for misleading conduct after understating a project’s value by two-thirds on insurance documents and a building permit application. Matteo Daqui (BC/BP 9459) was contracted to provide roofing, renovation and painting services at a Leeming home in June 2018. The final account for all the work was $106,718. However, an investigation by Building and Energy...
Building and Energy
Media release
11 Sep 2019
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

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