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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
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 specific bush fire construction requirements...
Building in bush fire prone areas
Types of permits and their processes One: Building permit Two: Occupancy permit Three: Building approval certificate Four: Occupancy permit strata Five: Building approval certificate strata Six: Demolition permit One Building permit
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In general a building permit...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
General sequence chart
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Building approvals process page 22 Note: for uncertified applications, the certificate of design compliance is obtained by the relevant permit authority after the application is submitted. Typical building approval sequence – Class 1 and...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
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

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Your home is usually your biggest investment, so it's worth doing your research before deciding who will undertake your building project. Undertaking a few practical checks at the start can help...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
20 Oct 2021
Propped open pool gates and faulty latches are a leading cause of drowning deaths in young children. It only takes seconds for a child to drown, so regularly check that the latch is working and never...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
20 Dec 2018
Research in Australia and overseas has found that workers fabricating benchtops from stone can be exposed to levels of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) which are hazardous to their health. The...
WorkSafe
Guidance note
24 Jun 2021
Will your child and your neighbours’ children be safe while your pool is under construction? Some types of pools need to be filled with water by the pool builder as part of the construction process...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
21 Dec 2018
Progress report This report is in response to recommendation 7 of the Ombudsman Western Australia (Ombudsman) report titled Investigation into ways to prevent or reduce deaths of children by drowning...
Building and Energy
Reports
18 Sep 2018
There are many types of portable pools, ranging from small plastic or inflatable paddling pools, specifically designed for young children, to larger more solid inflatable pools or flexible sided...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
11 Dec 2020
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety administers the Building Services (Complaint Resolution and Administration) Regulations 2011. A series of reviews have been conducted to ensure...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
24 Jul 2018
New regulations have come into effect which requires electricity to be switched off before people enter the roof space. To assist workers in notifying homeowners of the new regulations the WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Information
05 Jul 2018
New legislation will be coming into effect on 14 May 2018 which will require all workers performing work for reward at “domestic-type” premises, turn off all sources of electricity by opening the...
WorkSafe
Guidance note
05 Jul 2018
Furniture stability From a child’s point of view, your home looks like a big playground. But there are hidden dangers they don’t recognise. Unstable furniture can tip over when a child climbs or...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
18 Jan 2022

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The Building Services Board has cautioned a local government building surveyor for failing to ensure that adequate information was included in the certification of work at a Bicton property. The Board found that Modesto Giancaspro (BSP190) was negligent or incompetent while carrying out building surveying work when he signed a certificate of building compliance (CBC) issued by the City of...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Mar 2021
Consumer Protection intelligence prompts warnings about rogue tree-loppers Home owners are urged to be cautious and know their rights Recent prosecutions and warnings are helping to protect consumers Consumer Protection is urging home owners to carefully choose their tree-loppers following reports of unscrupulous operators offering their services in Perth. During the 2019-20 financial year,...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Mar 2021
The Building Services Board has fined a building surveyor $1,000 for misleading the Shire of Toodyay by knowingly signing a certificate with the wrong building classification. Daniel Ross Smee (BSP293) provided a certificate of building compliance (CBC) in March 2019 for additions and alterations to a Julimar property, including a bedroom, games room and sunroom. The Board was told that Mr Smee’s...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Feb 2021
We like to think our homes are a safe space for our families, but sometimes the biggest dangers are lurking where you might least expect them. Tragically, free-hanging cords from window coverings like curtains and blinds have been responsible for the deaths and injuries of many Australian children, including a two-year-old girl who died after being strangled by a blind cord at her Queensland home...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Feb 2021
Creating ‘one big happy family’ might be the dream when it comes to multigenerational living, but in reality there’s a lot to weigh-up before entering into a granny flat arrangement. If you’re wondering where you’ll spend your twilight years, a granny flat interest in your adult child’s home might seem like a win-win – you can downsize to a smaller property, while being on-hand to provide and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Feb 2021
As a result of the Premier’s announcement placing WA into a hard lockdown until 6pm on Friday, 5 February, our counter and phone services are currently unavailable. You are encouraged to email any enquiries to consumer@dmirs.wa.gov.au . If your matter is urgent, please include a contact telephone number in your email and Consumer Protection will call you back within 24 hours. We will resume full...
Consumer Protection
Department News
01 Feb 2021
Your home is your most important asset, so you’ll naturally want to protect it from unwanted pests like termites and rodents. While most people will undertake some form of simple pest control on their property, sometimes they may need to call in an expert. In the past two years, Consumer Protection has received 203 enquiries and 48 complaints about pest control providers, mostly related to the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jan 2021
Western Australia’s building and energy safety regulator is sharing top tips for a safe summer when using gas barbecues and camping appliances, pools, party lights, lithium-ion batteries, roof spaces and items attached to pillars. Gas barbecues “A barbecue is a great Australian tradition, but gas barbecues can be dangerous if they are not correctly used or maintained,” Building and Energy A/...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Jan 2021
Mr Howard was jailed for fraud regarding invoices to the North Metropolitan Health Service His conviction led to recent action under WA building registration laws State Administrative Tribunal issued a reprimand and an order to pay costs A former builder has faced disciplinary action under WA’s building registration laws after being convicted of fraud over misuse of North Metropolitan Health...
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Jan 2021
Building and Energy and Consumer Protection have joined forces to warn parents and retailers about the risks and rules when using and selling portable pools this summer. Building and Energy oversees WA’s swimming pool safety barrier standards, which are enforced by local governments, while Consumer Protection regulates product safety. On average, one child a year drowns in a portable pool in...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Dec 2020

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