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Circumstances of abandonment Tenants sometimes abandon or leave a property without providing any notice. Before you take any action, it is a good idea to check if the tenant has actually left. The tenant may have gone on holidays, into hospital, prison, or a residential/aged care facility. If you...
When a tenancy ends
Ending a tenancy by mutual agreement If both the landlord and tenant agree, in writing, the tenancy agreement should end on a specified date, this is also acceptable and none of the more formal procedures (such as issuing notices) need apply. It’s important to ensure both parties sign a clear,...
When a tenancy ends
A copy of the information below can be found in our publication Buying off the plan Buying “off-the-plan” can mean many things but generally involves signing a contract with a developer before the developer has obtained final approval to subdivide land that is being purchased or, in the case of a...
Buying a property
To ensure that the RCDs fitted to your property perform correctly, they must be tested at regular intervals. Building and Energy recommends that each RCD be tested every three months.
Residual current devices (RCDs)
RCD laws Information about RCD laws for homeowners, real estate agents, settlement agents, landlords, tenants and property managers. RCDs must be installed in accordance with the Electricity Regulations to protect all power and lighting circuits. Homeowners A minimum of two RCDs protecting all...
Residual current devices (RCDs)
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 February 2019 to streamline...
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
What is land valuation? The land valuation process involves inspecting the property, ascertaining legal ownership and the interest held and gathering relevant information such as the prices that similar properties sell for. Other factors come into the valuation, such as the saleability of the...
Land valuers, real estate and settlement agents
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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8 March 2019 current version Notice of cessation
Building and Energy
Form – application
23 May 2019
Demolition permit
Building and Energy
Form – application
14 May 2014
8 March 2019 current version Application for demolition permit
Building and Energy
Form – application
23 May 2019
Building permit
Building and Energy
Form – application
14 May 2014
14 April 2021 current version Certificate of design compliance
Building and Energy
Form – application
30 Apr 2021
8 March 2019 current version Application for building permit – uncertified
Building and Energy
Form – application
23 May 2019
8 March 2019 current version – Application for building permit – certified
Building and Energy
Form – application
23 May 2019

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Announcements

Residential property owners in WA need to be on the ball when it comes to smoke alarms and the laws governing them. The recent house fire in Thornlie, where two lives were lost, is a tragic and timely reminder of the importance of the alarms as in that case the alarm was found not to be working. Western Australian laws require the owner of a dwelling to have compliant smoke alarms and residual...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 Jun 2018
A series of controlled burns filmed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services have shown how rapidly fire, smoke and toxic fumes can fill a room and turn deadly. A fire in a modern home has the potential to spread and engulf a room in under five minutes. The vision of the controlled burns demonstrates the need for Western Australians to treat home fire safety as a priority this winter by...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 Jun 2018
The national Stakeholder Reference Group workshop for the trajectory for low energy homes project will be held in Perth on 21 June 2018. The free information session, also being held in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne, aims to seek feedback from stakeholders on the initial findings from the cost benefit analysis and the draft report. Date and time: Thursday 21 June 2018, 10.00am–12.30pm Venue: ATI...
Building and Energy
Department News
14 Jun 2018
The 2018 edition of the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas (the Map) comes into effect on Friday 1 June 2018. The Map will be available on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website on the afternoon of Thursday 31 May 2018. This edition of the Map will show both ‘new’ bush fire prone areas and those ‘continuing’ from earlier editions of the Map. All bush fire prone areas will be...
Building and Energy
Department News
29 May 2018
Axedale Holdings Pty Ltd, trading as Shaw’s Cartage Contractors, was fined in relation to the deaths of two labourers. The deaths were caused by falling concrete tilt-up panels at a Perth construction site. Axedale, among three parties charged, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of workers, and that failure causing the death of Joseph McDermott and Gerard Bradley. The fine totalled $...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 May 2018
Building and Energy (formerly EnergySafety) and WorkSafe have issued a reminder on the importance of understanding and avoiding the electrical hazards in roof spaces, with new regulations coming into effect on Monday (14 May 2018). Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron today cautioned homeowners to be mindful of the electrical hazards in roof spaces. “Homeowners may need to access the roof space...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 May 2018
Esperance builders FGS Contracting Pty Ltd (BC101335) and Ryan Wayne Franceschi (BP101345), who is the company’s sole director and nominated supervisor, have been fined $5,000 each and are no longer registered builders in Western Australia.
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Feb 2018
Consumers are again being warned to be cautious in their dealings with unregistered builder Mark Edward Straw, who may also be using the alias Mark Edward James and is trading as Complete Ceilings and Renovations Pty Ltd.
Building and Energy
Media release
09 Feb 2018
Western Australian builder Choiceliving (WA) Pty Ltd (BC101237 – suspended) has today voluntarily entered into external administration.
Building and Energy
Media release
30 Jan 2018
Building Commissioner Ken Bowron has suspended Choiceliving (WA) Pty Ltd’s (BC101237) building contractor registration due to concerns about the company’s financial status.
Building and Energy
Media release
25 Jan 2018

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