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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
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
Building in designated bush fire prone areas 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...
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

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This guidance is intended to assist local government authorities and amusement structure owners/operators in Western Australia understand their duties under occupational safety and health (OSH) laws...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
03 Dec 2019
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
Building and Energy has become aware through audit activities that Australian Standard AS 4055-2012: Wind loads for housing (AS 4055) has been inconsistently used in the wind loading classification...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
03 Oct 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
This industry bulletin has been issued to provide information on new deemed-to-satisfy (DTS) provisions for fire sprinkler systems. The DTS provisions have been included in the 2019 National...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
13 Sep 2019
This bulletin provides information to builders, building surveyors, structural engineers, truss manufacturers and others involved in the specification, design and installation of timber truss and...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
03 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 purpose of this industry bulletin is to remind industry that ground moisture must be considered in the design and construction of suspended concrete slabs of a building, to ensure the performance...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
09 Jun 2020
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

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Our offices will be closed from Wednesday 25 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020. Normal services will return on Thursday 2 January 2020. For urgent enquiries please visit our contact page.
Corporate
Department News
04 Dec 2019
The Building Services Board has fined a Mount Pleasant building practitioner and his company $6,000 in total for starting construction of a two-storey house in Doubleview without the required home indemnity insurance (HII) or building permit. Compass Building Pty Ltd (BC33514, expired) was fined $3,500 for negligence under WA’s building registration laws. The company’s director and nominated...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Nov 2019
Local governments are continuing to take action to address the number of overdue inspections of private pool safety barriers but there is still room for improvement, the Building Commissioner has reported. WA local governments are required to inspect the safety barriers of private pools in their districts at least every four years to ensure they are compliant and continue to be effective in...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Oct 2019
The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has today released an online survey regarding the inclusion of mandatory requirements in the National Construction Code (NCC) for the development of Performance Solutions. You have been invited to complete the survey in order to help inform the development of draft NCC provisions for public consultation and the associated regulation impact analysis. The...
Building and Energy
Department News
13 Sep 2019
Building and Energy is inviting Western Australians to share their views on ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of home building approval processes. A public consultation launched today is seeking input from property owners, the building industry, local government and other stakeholders with an interest in home construction. Under WA’s current home building approval processes, a...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Sep 2019
A Rivervale builder has been fined $1,000 for misleading conduct after understating a project’s value by two-thirds on insurance documents and a building permit application. Matteo Daqui (BC/BP 9459) was contracted to provide roofing, renovation and painting services at a Leeming home in June 2018. The final account for all the work was $106,718. However, an investigation by Building and Energy...
Building and Energy
Media release
11 Sep 2019
A Perth registered builder has had to pay almost $83,000 in penalties and has also received a caution for unauthorised work and building defects at a Swanbourne property. At its August 2019 meeting, the Building Services Board found that Theodoros Sartzidis (BP/BC12815) had been negligent under WA’s building registration laws after he carried out work that differed from approved plans and without...
Building and Energy
Media release
11 Sep 2019
The Building Services Board has fined Wangara building surveying contractor Constructive Building Consultants Pty Ltd (BSC2033) $2,500 and building surveyor Caillam Walter Bruyn (BSP2164) $1,000 after they signed off on a Toodyay community facility that did not meet construction requirements. In 2016, the Shire of Toodyay received a certificate of construction compliance for the newly built...
Building and Energy
Media release
29 Aug 2019
Two Perth businesses and their director must pay almost $90,000 in fines and costs following a Building and Energy prosecution for falsely claiming to be authorised to do work that only a registered building contractor can carry out. After a five-day trial in the Perth Magistrates Court, Frayson Pty Ltd and an associated company, Instyle Residence Australia Pty Ltd , were found guilty of separate...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Aug 2019
On 30 July 2019, the McGowan Government announced a three-stage plan to improve the bush fire policy framework, including the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas (the Map). The improvements will reduce the number of residential buildings required to comply with the bush fire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Stage One will see a new edition of the Map come into effect on...
Building and Energy
Department News
30 Jul 2019

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