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The Building Commissioner 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
Go to the 'Search for a drainage plumbing diagram' website Click here for the search Drainage plumbing diagrams are regularly used by homeowners, licensed plumbing contractors and others to determine the layout of drainage plumbing on a property. Knowing the layout of drainage plumbing can assist...
Certificates and diagrams
Any reference to AS 3959 is to be taken as Australian Standard AS 3959:2018 – (Incorporating Amendment No. 1) – Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas as referenced in National Construction Code (NCC 2019). 1. What are the bush fire building requirements? The Building Act 2011 and...
Building in bush fire 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 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

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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
A guide to prevention, common warning signs and what action to take.
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
26 Sep 2019
Building and Energy's investigation into the cause of the electric shock is summarised in this report.
Building and Energy
Reports
27 Sep 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
Reforms to the building approval process for single residential buildings in Western Australia – Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement seeks comment on three options for reforming the building...
Building and Energy
Consultations / public comment
12 Sep 2019
The McGowan Government has announced improvements to the bush fire policy framework including changes to the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas for 19 inner metropolitan local governments (from Stirling to...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
31 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
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
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

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Western Australia’s residential property market is booming right now, so house-hunters may be feeling some pressure to buy now to avoid missing out in future. While it might be a seller’s market, we would urge buyers to avoid making hasty decisions they might later regret by doing their own research, asking lots of questions and seeking professional advice. There is no mandatory cooling-off...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Jul 2021
Building and Energy campaign targets carbon monoxide hazards in the home Gas heaters should be regularly serviced by a licensed gas fitter Ensure adequate ventilation and awareness of carbon monoxide symptoms A new campaign is urging Western Australians to stay safe and warm this winter by having their gas heaters serviced and being aware of carbon monoxide risks. The campaign, by the State’s gas...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Jul 2021
Retirement villages are an important part of available housing options as we get older and Consumer Protection is keen to get your feedback about proposed reforms to legislation. We recently released the final consultation paper in Stage Two of the retirement villages’ legislation reform process in Western Australia, and all interested parties are encouraged to make a submission. You can provide...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jul 2021
Building Services Board’s $3,000 fine follows a SAT order to pay $20,000 Patio and alfresco project had 11 areas of defective work Value of work understated by almost $20,000 in building permit application The Building Services Board has fined a Duncraig building practitioner $3,000 after he carried out faulty patio work and provided incorrect details on a permit application. At its June meeting...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Jun 2021
Planned changes for better regulation of private swimming pool fences Building and Energy’s decision paper follows an in-depth review and consultation Preparation work underway including draft amendments to Building Regulations Building and Energy has outlined 16 ways that the State Government intends to improve the regulatory requirements for private swimming pools and their safety barriers in...
Building and Energy
Media release
15 Jun 2021
Western Australia’s building regulator is reminding builders and their clients that any increases in the price of a home building contract must comply with legislation. The guidance from Building and Energy follows a sharp rise in enquiries from home owners about unexpected price increases to their fixed-price home building contracts, as well as about delays to building work. Building and Energy...
Building and Energy
Media release
10 Jun 2021
Building a new home can be an exciting time, but many Western Australians going through the process right now may be facing unexpected price rises and construction delays. To help set the record straight on when prices can and cannot be increased, our colleagues at Building and Energy have published a new guide outlining what builders and their clients need to know about home building contract...
Building and Energy
Media release
03 Jun 2021
Now that Cyclone Seroja has come and gone, many regional Western Australians will be assessing the damage and counting the cost of the destruction left in its wake. One of the first steps to be taken if your property has been damaged in a natural disaster like this is to check what your insurance policy covers for storms and floods. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Apr 2021
Building and Energy officers providing on-ground support in the Mid West. Residents urged to be cautious when using generators, gas equipment and other portable appliances. Avoid DIY repairs to electrical, gas and plumbing infrastructure. WA’s energy safety regulator is sharing key electrical and gas safety advice for people in cyclone-affected areas who may be using portable equipment or...
Building and Energy
Media release
15 Apr 2021
Have you had a solar system installed at your property? If so, Building and Energy, would like to hear from you regarding your experience with the solar industry via a short survey. As the Western Australian Electrical Regulator, Building and Energy is undertaking this survey to gain a better understanding of the community’s experience with the solar industry. We would appreciate any feedback you...
Building and Energy
Department News
01 Apr 2021

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