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The Building Act adopts the Building Code of Australia (BCA), being Volumes One and Two of the National Construction Code series, as the primary applicable building standard for all new building work, new buildings and incidental structures. The applicable building standards apply whether or not a...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
A certificate of compliance is required before a building permit, occupancy permit or building approval certificate can be granted by a permit authority. There are two signatures on a certificate of compliance: the signature of the building surveying practitioner registered under the Registration...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
Coverage The Building Act 2011 (the Building Act) applies to buildings and structures attached to or incidental to a building. What is a building? There is no formal definition of a building in the Building Act; it takes its normal meaning, such as in a dictionary or in normal conversation. In the...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
Whether you rent or own your home, you can keep you and your family safe by reducing any risks you notice around the house. The following pages will provide you with tips on what to look for and how to fix any issues: Portable swimming pool safety Rules for pools and spas (Building Commission)...
Home safety
When looking at a property with an existing balcony or deck, deterioration or substandard work may not be easily spotted. If you rent or about to buy a property, be aware the property owners may not even know how or when it was constructed. Unsafe balconies and decks are a hazard and can place...
Home safety
Safety agencies regularly produce material to help prevent serious injury or death in and around the home. Portable swimming pools Recent focus of product safety was on the portable pools. Portable pools can pose a safety risk, especially for children under the age of five. Even in a small portable...
Non-English speaking consumers
All fees listed below are exclusive of GST and effective from 1 July 2019. Owner-builders Application for residential building $174.00 Application for Industrial/commercial building $467.00 Adjudicators Application fee $56.65 Complaints Standard complaint fee $119.00 Concession complaint fee $59.50...
Fee schedule
The Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 requires that an individual, partnership or company that carries out, or contracts to carry out, 'builder-work' valued over $20,000 ( within the area of jurisdiction ) must be a registered building service 'contractor' and named as a builder on the...
Licensing search
If you have private power lines or a private power pole on your property, it is your responsibility to inspect and maintain them.
Electrical installations
A buyer’s agent provides a service directly to consumers looking to buy real estate. Buyer’s agents offer a number of different services, ranging from researching a single property to undertaking a complete search of available property, even evaluating and then negotiating the purchase of property...
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24 November 2017 As summer approaches it’s time to check that the pool or spa at your rental property conforms to safety requirements. The pool or spa must have appropriate safety barriers according...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Nov 2017
24 November 2017 Another loss from a cyber-attack that intercepted a property sale transaction has triggered Consumer Protection to issue a renewed warning to buyers, sellers, tenants and agents in...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
23 Jan 2018
24 November 2017 Another loss from a cyber-attack that intercepted a property sale transaction has triggered Consumer Protection to issue a renewed warning to buyers, sellers, tenants and agents in...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Nov 2017
A breakdown of the number and general location of buildings identified as being within the scope of the Western Australian state-wide cladding audit.
Building and Energy
Reports
28 Sep 2018
While apartment living has many advantages, the fire at the Grenfell Tower in London and other fire events in Australia and around the world have highlighted the importance of fire safety in high-...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
03 Oct 2017
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 and Energy
Information
05 Feb 2019
The following is a guide for home owners who may have concerns about the stability of the plasterboard ceilings within their home.
Building and Energy
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. The following information explains the law but does not substitute the legislation. You should get expert or...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
15 Aug 2018

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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 business that failed to provide documents to State Government electrical safety inspectors has been fined $25,000 on appeal after the Supreme Court ruled that the original $3,000 penalty was manifestly inadequate. Jason Aaron Nominees Pty Ltd , based in Willetton, was resentenced for breaching the Energy Coordination Act by not providing records requested by Energy Safety (now Building...
Building and Energy
Media release
04 Jun 2019
Properties for sale or rent Under the Electricity Regulations 1947 all residential premises sold, rented or hired must have all socket outlets and lighting final sub-circuits protected by at least 2 RCDs. It is also essential to ensure that there are no more than 3 final sub-circuits per RCD and the lighting circuits (if 2 or more) are separated over the RCDs. Further details appear in the...
Building and Energy
Department News
27 May 2019
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With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard WA has the worst rates of family and domestic violence in Australia and the number of incidents is unfortunately increasing. Family violence affects people from all walks of life making it everyone’s business and all of us have a part to play in preventing it. Changes to WA’s tenancy laws have now come...
Consumer Protection
Department News
18 Apr 2019
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is conducting a stakeholder satisfaction survey to invite feedback on our services and our role as a regulator. The results will help DMIRS focus on business areas and services that need performance improvements. If you subscribe to a DMIRS email newsletter or subscriber news service, you may be contacted by email and invited to take...
Consumer Protection
Department News
29 Apr 2019
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WITH COMMISSIONER FOR CONSUMER PROTECTION, DAVID HILLYARD Following a recent ceiling collapse at a Thornlie property, home owners are reminded to act promptly on warning signs of ceiling stress. A ceiling collapse can cause serious injury to anyone present at the time of collapse and it can also cause extensive damage to a room’s contents and structure...
Building and Energy
Department News
03 Apr 2019
Now summer is officially over, our attention may soon turn to gas heaters and other gas appliances in the home. A recent safety alert affecting four popular gas heaters is a timely reminder that any gas equipment should be used and maintained correctly to avoid potentially dangerous consequences. Along with our colleagues at Building and Energy (formerly Energy Safety ), Consumer Protection is...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Mar 2019
Moving house is an activity guaranteed to set the stress levels soaring, so it helps to know how to avoid potential nasty surprises when engaging the services of a furniture removalist. Whether you’re moving down the street or across the country, it is a time-consuming and often expensive exercise dreaded by most. A moving ‘to-do’ list can seem endless. Not only do you need to find a new place to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Mar 2019
WA home owners are being warned by Consumer Protection and Building and Energy not to deal with roof repair conmen who have approached three consumers, with one handing over $7,000 for work that wasn’t carried out. One of the consumers was approached at his home by three men in a white ute wearing fluoro shirts who told him that his roof and gutters needed urgent repairs. The dodgy door knockers...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Mar 2019

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