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In the early hours of 14 June 2017, fire engulfed a 24-storey apartment block in West London’s North Kensington district known as the Grenfell Tower, causing at least 80 deaths and many injuries. While English authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire and its rapid spread, initial...
Compliance and audit
David Hillyard was appointed as Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection in December 2015. Prior to this, he was the Director of Consumer Protection’s Retail and Services Directorate. David has worked with Consumer Protection for over 35 years and has been in senior management roles where most...
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The Building Commission has 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
Drainage plumbing diagram fees A $10.50 fee now applies to the purchase of Drainage Plumbing Diagrams. Go to the 'Search for a drainage plumbing diagram' website Click here for the search Drainage plumbing diagrams (also known as flimsies or as constructed diagrams) are a diagrammatic...
Certificates and diagrams
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 bushfire prone areas
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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 Commission 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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Conciliation is a process whereby parties, with the help of a conciliator, meet to identify issues, develop solutions to the problem and explore ways to reach an agreement. This publication is a...
Building Commission
Information
12 Jul 2017
The following is a guide for home owners who may have concerns about the stability of the plasterboard ceilings within their home.
Building Commission
Fact sheet
11 May 2017
Buying a property to rent out is a popular form of long-term investment in Australia. Before deciding to take on a rental property you should consider its value, how much it can earn, the cost of...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
07 Sep 2017
Before you buy a home, it is recommended that you have a timber pest inspection report prepared to make sure the property is not infested by termites or other timber pests.
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
01 Dec 2016
In July 2016 asbestos was found in composite roof panels at the new Perth Children’s Hospital. The roof panels were imported from China and classified as “asbestos free”, but testing by a National...
WorkSafe
Alert
09 Sep 2016
The Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division has released a Discussion Paper on recommendations to amend the model Work Health and Safety Regulations (the WHS regulations) for the Western...
WorkSafe
Information
01 Jun 2016
Building Commission
Fact sheet
26 Apr 2016
Make sure you use a licensed gas fitter whenever you have gasfitting work done. Is your gasfitter licensed? Make sure you use a licensed gas fitter whenever you have gasfitting work done. In Western...
EnergySafety
Brochure
05 Jun 2015
Portable swimming pool safety considerations Q. What are some of the safety issues associated with portable swimming pools? A. Drowning of young children under five years of age in portable pools is...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
12 Feb 2015

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The Building Commission has confirmed that testing found no asbestos-containing building products and materials supplied by Yuanda Australia in its general inspection of 13 Western Australian buildings.
Building Commission
Media release
31 Aug 2017
Margaret River registered builder William Robert Price (BC10294 & BP10294) has been fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct.
Building Commission
Media release
30 Aug 2017
On 16 August 2017 building company SRM Construction Pty Ltd (reg. BC12999) appointed Michael Joseph Ryan and Ian Charles Francis of FTI Consulting (Australia) Pty Ltd as joint liquidators of the company. The Building Commission is investigating claims that home owners may not have received a valid policy of home indemnity insurance from the builder in accordance with its obligations under the...
Building Commission
Department News
22 Aug 2017
On 2 August 2017 building company Ravlich & Clent Constructions Pty Ltd (reg. BC13924) voluntarily appointed Shaun Boyle of DCS Advisory as the administrator of the company. Home owners who have entered into a home building work contract with Ravlich & Clent Constructions and have unfinished, faulty or unsatisfactory work should be covered by home indemnity insurance (HII). They are...
Building Commission
Department News
04 Aug 2017
Perth registered building contractor PTG Construction and Development Pty Ltd (reg. BC31514) and its director and nominated supervisor Pengtao Wen (BP100575) have been fined a total of $8,000 by the Building Services Board for misleading and negligent conduct.
Building Commission
Media release
03 Aug 2017
The emergence of online advertising sites, such as Gumtree, Airtasker and hipages, has made finding a tradesperson easier than ever. These websites either promote the services of a tradesperson or offer consumers a forum for requesting a task to be completed. And while these websites are a convenient way to connect with a builder, building surveyor, painter or plumber the websites do not...
Building Commission
Department News
11 Jul 2017
Canning Vale licensed plumbing contractor Richard James Palmer (PL7708) has been cautioned by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for negligence and incompetence.
Building Commission
Media release
11 Jul 2017
Canning Vale man Nicholas Bradley Mason (PL7879 – suspended), trading as Mason Plumbing and Gas , has had his plumbing contractor’s licence suspended for three months by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) as a result of disciplinary action by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB).
Building Commission
Media release
06 Jul 2017
Western Australian Building Commissioner Peter Gow today confirmed the Building Commission is broadening its audit of aluminium composite panels (ACPs) following the Grenfell Tower fire in London.
Building Commission
Media release
04 Jul 2017
Carramar plumber James Raymond Hudson (PL5487) has been ordered to pay a $3,000 fine to the Building Commission and has had a condition placed on his licence by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) as a result of the disciplinary action against him in May 2017. At the 29 May meeting the Board recommended the actions as a result of breaches of the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards...
Building Commission
Media release
09 Jun 2017

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